If you’re a PC user, chances are you have long anticipated the arrival of Windows 10. Haven’t downloaded it yet? If you already have Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you have until July 29 of next summer to get it for free. However, with all of its popular new features, you probably won’t want to wait that long. These are just a few of the features that Windows 10 Home brings to your PC:
- Start Menu makes a comeback, much to the relief of many PC users as Microsoft tries to bridge the gap between their tablet and PC operating systems. To access it, just click on the Start button, familiarly located in the lower left hand corner. You’ll notice that Microsoft is still incorporating the live tiles, which are fully customizable and can be removed if you hate them as much as I do.
- Continuum lets you seamlessly transition between tablet and laptop-mode if you have a device with a detachable keyboard.
- Action Center takes the place of Charm and logs all of your app notifications. Here, you can also access general system settings.
- Windows Hello furthers security by using biometric verification. Only users with registered fingerprint, iris, or facial configuration will be granted access to the device.
- Edge is Microsoft’s brand new web browser that comes with handy tools like Web Notes, Cortana (while she is available on the desktop, she serves a slightly different purpose on Edge), Reading View, and the Hub.
While there isn’t enough room in this article to discuss everything on the new operating system, be sure to check out all of its new features. Windows 10 Home is just one of seven versions of the new platform. Windows 10 Professional, specifically designed for businesses, is not available to everyone via free download. Only those with proper licensing will be able to access it in this way (if you have Windows 8.1 Pro you can download Windows 10 Pro without paying). If you don’t have an older Pro platform and are therefore ineligible for the free Pro 10 download, you can upgrade from Windows 10 Home for $99. Here are just some of the perks offered by the revamped business program:
- Enterprise Data Protection makes it possible for companies to save money without compromising security. Having to pay for each employee to have a corporate laptop can be costly. However, it’s a lot safer than letting them use personal devices where dozens of outside apps can access corporate data. Now, with Enterprise Data Protection, administrators can choose which “privileged apps” can access corporate data. Employees can use personal devices for professional purposes without risking a security breach.
- Whole disk encryption via BitLocker keeps all of your data safe from prying eyes by encrypting everything on the drive.
- Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer remains compatible with older web apps while maintaining modern performance, security, and reliability standards.
- Remote Desktop lets one PC connect with another PC in a different location. For example, on a business trip, you could use your laptop to connect to your desktop at work and access all of its documents, application, and network capabilities.
- Update scheduling: one of the criticisms of Windows 10 Home is that the regular updates could cause “endless crash loops.” In the middle of a presentation? Too bad, it’s time for an update and Windows 10 is restarting your PC. With Windows Update for Business, you can schedule update downloads at your convenience. Your operating system will still have all the updates that keep your business ahead of the game, but won’t stop your workday to acquire them.
Windows 10 Professional also allows devices to join a domain and provides hypervisor capabilities.