Nine Things to Understand about Windows 10 When Upgrading Business Devices

Upgrading your business devices to Windows 10 may seem daunting, especially if you’re unsure what the changes might introduce. Here are nine things to know when considering an upgrade to Windows 10.

1. You can keep your files, personal settings, and applications

When you go through the installation process, you can choose to keep all your files or keep nothing, it is really up to you. If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, you can keep Windows settings, personal files and most applications. In Windows 7, you can keep Windows settings, personal files and most applications.

2. You do not need a very powerful PC to run the OS

If your PC can run Windows 8.1, you can also run Windows 10. You need a 1 GHz processor or faster with 1 GB of memory for 32 bit or 2 GB for 64-bit. You’ll also need at least 16 GB of free space on the hard drive.

3. There is limited functionality for touch

Regarding touch functionality, “some things will be rough and unfinished,” says Microsoft. The company is working on improvements to the operating system to work with touch.

4. The start menu has been returned

The all new Windows Start Menu 10 works better than one would have dreamed, with a good search function and Live Tiles. In addition, the menu is optimized for both touch screens and for computers with mice.

5. OneDrive has been backtracked

With Windows 8, the integration of OneDrive was pushed to the maximum. The user was able to interact with placeholders, that is to say, very light files for viewing the document list or thumbnails of your photos stored on OneDrive. It was therefore not necessary to synchronize all local data. Right-clicking a placeholder was enough to make the file or folder available offline. But through user feedback, Microsoft has found that the local device was too confused and it has returned to the partial synchronization base.

6. You have many machines, not just one

With Windows 8.1, it was possible to connect Microsoft accounts on 81 machines in total. This means that all data and installed applications were synchronized on all PCs. With Windows 10, this number dropped to 10. But with Windows 10, the term “machines” not only includes PCs but also tablets, smartphones, or a gaming console.

7. All devices

Windows 10 is not only suitable for your desktop or your laptop. All Windows Phone 8.1 devices also provide an update to Windows 10. There’s still a small visual difference between the small screen and the big screen, but it’s less than with earlier versions of the OS. Synchronizing and switching between devices will be even easier.

8. A new browser—Edge

Windows 10 is equipped with a brand new browser, Edge. It features live previews of open tabs by passing your mouse over it. Plus, you can make notes in the margin while surfing and share them with friends and colleagues.

9. Cortana

Cortana is now coming to your desktop and allows you to give voice commands to search for a document or open a website.