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 business professionals as well. However, there are some oft-overlooked improvements and features of Windows 10 that users take for granted (believe me - I, too, was hesitant to adopt Windows 10 for almost a year after its release).
Here are a grip of reasons why - for home, business, and IT infrastructure - Windows 10 just makes sense:
One of the benefits of Windows 10 is how it can utilize the hardware within your system more effectively than previous versions.
One feature implemented in Windows 8/8.1 (that not many people know about) was its utilization of multi-threaded processing - 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.
Windows 7 multi-core processing 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 in that manner; but it is common for users to 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 Windows 10 feature that is distinguishable from its predecessors is the hard drive access for “boot” and “wake from sleep” features.
It definitely must be noted that, when Windows 10 launched early on, it was notorious for having many bugs - including crashing during sleep mode (I ran into this problem three times in one week, and went back to Windows 7 for the next six months); but I am yet to run into that issue since making the jump again.
Windows 10 consistently tested faster, than prior versions, for boot times from sleep and off modes by roughly 14%. All in all, this might not sound like much, but it is (a lot) for the IT pro. If you have done troubleshooting for someone’s machine in your office, you know that extra speed makes a world of difference given all the booting and rebooting required to find and resolve issues.
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 feature that I have taken advantage of. Also, the Search feature is instantaneous and very responsive within Windows 10 - probably one of the biggest conveniences from Windows 8. Windows 10 incorporates that feature without the inconvenience of dealing with the entire “Desktop vs The Start Menu” issue. I think we can agree that the Windows 8 concept was very well thought out, but the execution left a lot to be desired.
Security might be the biggest selling feature of Windows 10 - not only to IT professionals, but business professionals as well. The most glaring improvement is virtualization-based security (VBS). Virtual machines (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 Bitlocker and consider it a useful tool for security, but there are instances where it might not be enough. Enter Microsoft’s Enterprise Data Protection: it provides file-level data encryption to prevent specific data leaks and, basically, the few holes within Bitlocker. Especially, when considering sensitive corporate data, it is best to make sure all bases are covered and no stones are unturned.
Overall, since I moved to Windows 10 roughly seven 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 of, regarding Windows 10, is that it is actually great for EVERYONE! It’s made my work easier, and it has made it easier for our team to complete tasks with fewer clicks, instant response, and a higher level of security. Across the board, adopting 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.
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