What will Microsoft Windows 10 mean for you?

Do you love an upgrade or do you wish the world would stop spinning and technology would stand still for a while?

I get it, you are either waiting on the innovation to solve a problem or you fear the problems caused by the seemingly pointless innovation or you sit somewhere between two extremes. We all see it differently.

It would be great if all our technology components just worked together like they ought to so we could stay connected to our data. Just as soon as we reduce the diversity of peoples requirements of software and systems we can improve the simplicity of our technical worlds. Here we are talking about the sort of collective mind seen in the Borg of Start Trek fiction. In the mean time we have software and hardware created by very large teams of individuals distributed globally.

According to Microsoft there are now 1.5 billion people using Windows in 190 countries. Some of them read from right to left and others from left to right. Some even read vertically. So even screen design is going to change for user interface requirements before we even consider other aspects of software design.

With Windows 10 Microsoft has worked really hard on giving us more ways to interact with our computers with support for more devices, from speech recognition with Cortana to digital pens and now holograms. There are heaps of new and improved tools for getting more stuff done faster. With their new browser Microsoft Edge our frustrations with Windows Explorer can become a thing of the past.

Windows 10 introduces new features that we will love, such as using one large monitor to place and arrange multiple windows as we see fit, so we can move away from the multiple small screens we are stuck with today and just have one large screen with information displayed our way.

Curved screens are getting better, before too long we will have one screen curving across our desk from left to right, with our various windows strategically placed so it is easier to read an email, find the relevant appointment time in a diary and create a meeting while looking for a suitable venue’s details in a Windows Edge browser. Of course we will be able to do all this without losing sight of the Skype for Business video call we are in to discuss the pending meeting. The additional benefit of Microsoft making its applications touch friendly will help too.

Imagine your big curved screen is a touch screen so you can free up the mouse and work more intuitively, no wires or battery mouse to bug you. So its not all on the shop floor yet, but it is coming.

Microsoft is working on the tight integration of Office 2016 with the new platform and the power of offered by OneDrive storing data we are working on in the cloud for access from multiple devices.

Beefed up security is a given too as it is a bigger issue each year. Microsoft assures us Windows 10 is their most secure product yet with the inclusion of biometric authentication by face, finger or iris. There’s also inclusion of free Windows Defender for anti mal-ware.

Windows 10 is due for release on July 29 on new PCs and mobile devices, so there is not long to wait. If you are still sceptical about upgrading, this last point may tempt you to reconsider. Any computer running Windows that is less than six years old is eligible for a free upgrade.

The upgrade is not available for download yet, but you ought to start planning your upgrade project to get your entire business working on this single platform as soon as practical. This will drive cost savings in two ways. Reduced maintenance costs due to single platform and reduced cost of supporting early adopters who move to unsupported configurations.

Free upgrades of operating system do not mean that an upgrade in a business with a complex software and connections can leap to the new platform. Seek advice and make your transition to Windows 10 a smooth one that creates value in your business.

It is also an opportunity to consider relocating those old systems to new cloud solutions that make the transition easier.

If Windows 10 delivers, it will lead to better mobility, security, speed of deployment and productivity in many aspects of your business. If that makes sense please seek our help sooner rather than later to ensure you are an industry leader without being a pioneer. We have done the hard work for you.

Does that make sense?