10 Reasons You Should Upgrade to Windows 10
An underlying reason to upgrade, aside from any features listed here, is to take advantage of advances that come with newer technology; simply experiencing the little conveniences and updated design that accompany any new operating system can be refreshing.
1. Security: Windows 10 inherits the Secure Boot feature from Windows 8 and makes it even more secure. This requires that any code that runs right when the OS starts is signed by Microsoft or the hardware maker. Unlike Windows 8, Windows 10 PCs can be set up so that this feature cannot be bypassed. Three other security feature for Windows 10 are Device Guard, Microsoft Passport, and Windows Hello. More recently, Microsoft added both ransomware protection and exploit/threat protection.
2. Speed: Startup and more. If you never made the move to Windows 8 or 8.1, you’ve missed out on one of the best things to hit Windows operating systems in forever: Fast startup
3. The Start Menu: Some loud voices in the tech community long clamored for the return of the Start menu after its replacement by the Start screen in Windows 8. Microsoft heeded the cries for its return, but gave it a tile-based appendage, so as not to lose live tile info and so the OS would remain touch-enabled. Since tiles come in various sizes, you can give the more important apps bigger tiles and the extras smaller ones, which is helpful even if you’re using a mouse.
4. Apps, Movies, and Games: Windows 10 comes with slicker and more powerful productivity and media apps, including new Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail, and Calendar. The apps work equally well as full-screen, modern Windows apps using touch or with traditional desktop mouse and keyboard input. Like the OS itself, these apps are periodically updated with new capabilities.
5. Touch: Just about every screen in your life these days is a touch screen—your smartphone, your tablet, even your car navigation system. The Start menu tiles and edge swipe-in panels make Windows 10 even better than iOS for tablets in some ways.
6. A Better Browser: No more Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge modernizes the OS’s default browser. That means improved compatibility and speed, as well as helpful new capabilities like webpage markup and reading mode.
7. Better Screen Capture Tool: Hitting Windows Key-Shift-S now lets you select an area for screen captures, whether that’s a rectangular area using the cross-hairs icon, the full screen, or current window. Once you’ve snapped the screenshot, you can do basic cropping and markup, and save or share the result.
8. Smartphone Tie-Ins: New tie-ins with Android and iOS make your phone work in sync with your computer. You can use the Continue on PC app to send a webpage or document to your desktop from your phone.
9. Voice Typing: Simply press Windows Key-H (for “hear”) and your PC starts typing what you say—no complicated setup required. Read more on how to type with your voice.
10. Game Bar: This tool lets you snap screenshots, record screen video, control audio sources, and broadcast your gaming session. It now features separate panels for its various functions