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Over the past year, Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, has gained a massive user base. With over 300 million devices worldwide running it, it’s safe to say that Windows 10 has, thus far, been a commercial success. However, the biggest reason for upgrading to Windows 10 (the free upgrade) will soon expire. So, are you going to take advantage of this, or wait until later?

The problem here is that the upgrade is free at the moment, and waiting to upgrade until after the deadline comes with a charge of $119. While new devices can come with Windows 10 pre-installed, users of earlier Windows operating systems like Windows 7 or 8.x will have to pay to reap the benefits of this upgrade.

Another intended change to Windows 10 comes with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, a fancy name that comes with assorted improvements to the fan-favorite operating system. Some of these updates include:

  • An edgier Edge: Microsoft Edge has supposedly beaten Google Chrome in preview software tests, and has integrated functionality with Cortana for a high-quality user experience. Windows 10 is the only operating system to offer the new Microsoft browser, so if you want to use it, you should upgrade.
  • Windows Ink: This upcoming feature, called Ink Workspace, is basically a second Start menu, that allows users to doodle on their applications with a stylus. You’ll be able to jot down handwritten notes on your device’s screen, and save them as images, or “digital sticky notes.”
  • Improved Cortana functionality: Cortana has become a fully-functional digital assistant, and as such, Microsoft continues to add on features that make Cortana that much better. Some basic functionality, such as allowing the user to play music or dictate a note or reminder, will be available before the user logs in. Cortana also comes with specialized functionality for the Edge browser.
  • Windows Hello: Windows 10 also allows you to use your face as an authentication option for accessing your device. This feature, Windows Hello, gives the user access to the device either through fingerprint scanning, facial recognition software, or iris scanning, assuming that your device has the hardware required for performing these feats.

Keep in mind that this is only a small amount of what could come with Windows 10’s anniversary update. Considering how it already has a significant following, Microsoft is sure to provide new features and extensive support. Here’s the kicker, though; once the free upgrade passes, it’ll cost you $119 for Windows 10 Home Edition, and $199 for Windows 10 Pro. Depending on the number of workstations your business has, you could potentially have a very costly upgrade bill to fit into your budget.

If you’re still unsure about Windows 10, and how an upgrade will affect your business, reach out to K² Technologies at 307-686-3025.

Published By: Dan King on Date: July 25, 2016
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