Windows is used by over 1.5 billion people in every country of the world. In a rapidly changing technological world where electronic devices outnumber people on this earth, it is imperative to constantly innovate and update to stay relevant to consumers and businesses alike. This is the exactly what Microsoft is aiming for with the release of Windows 10 on the 29th of July.

What’s new in Windows 10

First of all, Microsoft is rolling out a dramatic change to its update and upgrade process. As part of that, it will be completely free to upgrade during the first year if you have a legal version of Windows 7 or 8. When released, Windows 10 will come in 7 different flavours: Home, Mobile, Professional, Enterprise, Mobile Enterprise, Internet of Things (Embedded in other devices) and Education. This means Windows 10 will power broad range of devices – everything from PC’s, tablets, Phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and the Surface Hub.

Windows 10 will most likely be the last ever full version of Windows. Windows Update, previously used to deliver security patches, will provide monthly updates with new functionality to consumers and quarterly updates to businesses. For mission critical systems, i.e. flight control systems, updates can be completely turned off.

The new reality of one OS for every platform with automatic updates help enhance organisations’ EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) and MDM (Mobile Device Management) whilst also making it much easier for businesses and their IT staff to manage updates.

Windows 10: One OS & one App store for all devices

No matter which Windows 10 device is used, they will all have access to a single, shared Windows Store to find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.

The new windows app store will offer vast benefits for businesses as Windows 10 will allows companies to create their own local app store in which apps can be assigned to individuals within the company creating a customised and controlled experience that is specific to their business.

Improved user friendliness

Windows 10 will have the layout that users are now familiar with, using a start menu together with tiles. Another exciting development in Windows 10 is how perfectly suited it is to BYOD (Bring your own devices). You could bring your personal laptop in, temporarily switch to the enterprise version of windows to get onto the company network, and then automatically switch back to the home version when you go back home. Microsoft has made it their mission to merge desktop with mobile and are really making this reality in their latest Operating System.

Massive benefits to businesses and individuals

here have been a range of responses and opinions to the news surrounding Windows 10. However, having played around with the latest test version and the additional features that Microsoft has promised, we know that for businesses and individuals alike will benefit from Windows 10’s usability, security measures and universal compatibility.

Upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8

If you’re running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you will probably have seen a notification pop up by now inviting you to update. As there are many improvements for casual users, we heartily recommend everyone to upgrade their home computers. Office computers, however, often run specialised software that might not be 100% compatible yet. Therefore please get in touch before updating the systems in your office so we can assist you in making the upgrade process as smooth as possible.