Windows 10 – Should I Upgrade?

Published: 17 / 08 / 15

Windows 10

Windows 10 was released at the end of last month, and we have had some hands on experience using the new operating system on our computers here at Southern Solutions. Current reviews of the operating system are quite divided, so now it’s our turn to have a say.

We are getting asked this question every day since the start of August. Should I  upgrade to Windows 10? The answer is not a simple one.

Benefits of Windows 10

  • Task View – This allows you to view all of your open applications in an easy-to-read format, and allows you to create “Virtual Desktops” which means you can split your applications into separate desktops for easy application switching.
  • Speed – The OS feels faster. We have yet to see benchmark tests between the different operating systems, but it kicks out the performance I would want from some of the hardware we have tested it on.
  • Start Menu – If you are using Windows 8, then you may want to upgrade to Windows 10 because the proper start menu is back! I think Microsoft have put a lot of thought into the menu this time, it feels more refined. You still have the “tiles”, but at least they don’t cover the whole screen!

Issues with Windows 10

  • Privacy – There are concerns over privacy when using Windows 10. When using Cortana (Windows version of Siri) all information is sent to Microsoft. This isn’t a huge deal because who will actually use that anyway? Apps will send a lot more information regarding their use, and MS will collect information regarding the hardware you are using, as well as Microsoft Office gathering information about what you are typing to improve dictionary hit rates and predictive text. Really there should be nothing to worry about, however turning off the information gathering will only lead to MS automatically turning it back after a small period of time.
  • Stability – The operating system is not perfect yet. We have seen multiple crashes, particularly when bringing computers out of sleep. I presume future updates will resolve this issue.
  • Email – POP and IMAP accounts are hit with the problem of not being able to send email through Outlook on Windows 10. This is a known issue, and there is a fix, but it takes about 30 minutes to implement. Again, I presume there will be an update in the future to correct this.
  • The default Internet Explorer application known as “Edge” is not compatible with Java. This affects a lot of website functionality such as printing and accessing hardware installed on your computer such as webcams.

The look and feel

I quite like the look of the new Windows, however in parts it feels a little “unfinished”. A predominantly simple design is great for speed and reliability, however it has failed to stun me with beauty. When it comes to a PC, however, function will always win over fashion.

In a home environment, give windows 10 a go! However I would warn against using Windows 10 for business at this moment in time until a few bugs are resolved with updates. It looks to be a great operating system, but inevitably updates are required in the first months of release, so be patient.

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