The new Windows 10 operating system is coming this summer and looks like it’s going to be a strong improvement to Microsoft’s core product. If you’re a Windows 7/XP hold out or a Windows 8 user who’s ready to move up, Windows 10 should be a smart upgrade once all of the initial rollout bugs get ironed out.

Marathon’s team of engineers will work with our ongoing clients to manage their transition to the new platform when the time is right.

Why Waiting For Windows 10 Makes Sense

Upgrading without a careful review of how your PC interacts with the other hardware and software in your network will likely break your current configurations, mess up custom applications like accounting or CAD software and other tools you and your team rely on during the workday.

Don’t accidentally upgrade your machine. The 10 update will likely look like one of the non-critical updates you periodically see on your computer. Marathon will coordinate with our clients to make sure we effectively manage resources when it’s time to start rolling out the update to your team. Even if you’re ready to make the switch and are sure it’s not going to cause any problems, completing the update could kill your office bandwidth.

Should you upgrade or refresh your machine? While Windows 10 is being positioned as an upgrade, this may a good opportunity to replace or backup, wipe and refresh any slow or buggy PCs in your office with the new OS. Check with our team to see which option would work best for you.

The upgrade will be free (for a certain time period for some current Windows users). Microsoft is moving to a subscription model like Adobe’s Creative Cloud. In order to encourage users to make the switch, Windows 10 will be free for 12 months after the kickoff date. Some users who take advantage of the free upgrade will receive complimentary updates and patches for the “lifetime of the device.” As the incentives to upgrade and pricing models seem to still be evolving, waiting for things to get locked down makes sense.

Which Windows 10 do I need? There are also going to be seven different Windows 10 versions to choose from, so it’s important to make sure you get the right version for your needs.

Windows 10 Features That Look Cool

Some of the engineers at Marathon have been using early versions of Windows 10 and they like what they have seen so far.

Windows 10 will support the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) 2.0 specification for added security. The FIDO Alliance is working to create an open tech security standard and the group includes companies like Lenovo, Google and PayPal. Depending on your security needs, adding biometric authentication and key fobs will be easier with Windows 10.

The Start button is back on the bottom left corner. The look and feel for 10 is trending back toward the older Windows design. One of the problems with Windows 8 was the user interface. It looked pretty slick but users had trouble finding the location of all of the features that had become second nature in the older design. Windows 10 is going to be much more familiar to long time Windows users.

The addition of Cortana and replacement of Internet Explorer. Microsoft’s workhorse Internet Explorer will be retired for Windows 10 and replaced with the new Edge web browser. This new browser will be exclusive to Windows 10 along with the the ability to use the voice assistant Cortana that is currently available for smartphones.

Contact Marathon today and we’ll help you develop a Windows 10 rollout plan for your organization.

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