Windows 10 - Why Should You Upgrade?
As we progress into higher and more advanced software and hardware, there are limitations and implementations that older renditions of operating systems might not be up to par with. It is widely known that Windows 7 has been a user favorite for not only IT professionals throughout the past, but also business professionals as well. However, there are some quickly looked over improvements and features of Windows 10 that users look over or take for granted between the two (believe me, I too was hesitant to adopt Windows 10 for almost a year after release). Here are a grip of reasons why for home, business, and it infrastructure - Windows 10 just makes sense.
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One of the benefits of Windows 10 is how it can utilize the hardware within your system more effectively than previous versions. One feature that Microsoft implemented in Windows 8/8.1 (that not many people know about) was how it utilized multi-threaded processing, it was one of the bright spots of Windows 8/8.1. I was not a fan of Windows 8/8.1 personally and skipped it entirely, but CPU utilization without a doubt was a significant improvement. The way that Windows 7 handled multi-core processing was that it would front load the work to a single core, and treat the additional cores as spillover, or an emergency tank in a sense. It can be somewhat straining on the CPU itself to front load the work like that, but it is common that users do not push the first core hard enough to reach that threshold. Windows 10 distributes the work evenly among all cores, keeping not only CPU temperatures down but increasing longevity of the CPU as a whole.
Another distinguishable feature that Windows 10 improved on from it's predecessors was the hard drive access for boot and wake from sleep features. It is definitely to be noted that when Windows 10 launched early, it was notorious for having many bugs of crashing from sleep mode (I ran into it three times in one week and went back to Windows 7 for the next 6 months), but I have yet to run into that issue since making the jump again. Windows 10 consistently tested faster for faster boot times from sleep as well as from an off position by roughly ~14% from the prior versions. All in all, this might not sound like much, but for the IT pro, if you have done troubleshooting for someone's machine in your office, you know that extra amount is a world of difference with all of the booting and rebooting required to not only find but resolve the issue you have.
Some things that the prior versions of Windows had, such as virtual desktops and quick search were achievable through plugins, but Windows 10 has them natively built in. Having the flexibility to create a Virtual desktop to plug and play with different installation files and editions is a tremendous flexibility that I have taken advantage of. Search is also instantaneous and very responsive within windows 10, probably one of the biggest conveniences that was brought in with Windows 8. I think we can agree with Windows 8, the concept was very well thought out, but the execution left a lot to be desired. Windows 10 incorporates that same feature, without worrying about the inconvenience of dealing with the entire "desktop vs the start menu" issue.
Security might be the biggest selling feature of Windows 10 not only to IT professionals, but business professionals as well. The most glaring improvement would be Virtualization-based security. VMs are completely encrypted and use a variety of system resources, from hardware to software level to ensure that the system remains protected. All IT pros have heard of and probably consider Bitlocker a useful tool for security, but there are instances where Bitlocker might not be enough. Enter Microsoft's Enterprise Data Protection: it provides file-level data encryption to prevent specific files, preventing data leaks and basically the few holes that is within Bitlocker. Especially when considering corporate sensitive data, it is best to make sure all bases are covered and no stones are unturned.
Overall, since I moved to Windows 10 roughly 7 months ago I've not had a single hiccup with the OS, and I know that my hardware is not being bottlenecked by any level of design. One thing to take note about windows 10 is that it is actually great for EVERYONE! It's made my work easier and easier for the office to complete their tasks as well, fewer clicks, instant response, and a higher level of security. Across the board, Windows 10 almost seems like a no brainer barring you are using legacy software/hardware that does not support Windows 10. Let's recap the big reasons you would want Windows 10 within your computing environment over an older OS:
- Resource allocation - better usage of hardware
- Efficient boot times from cold boot and sleep
- Instant search results - makes navigating for files or apps incredibly easy.
- Built in virtualization without the need for 3rd party apps.
- Security from VBS to Enterprise