The Free Windows 10 Upgrade: Your Small Business’s New Ally

Though it was released this past July, many small business owners haven’t yet taken advantage of Microsoft’s offer for a free upgrade to the new Windows 10 operating system. If you’re one of them, you should upgrade today. The following business cases can make your operations more efficient and enjoyable.

Backwards Compatibility

You might be resisting because you’re worried Windows 10 won’t work with older computers. But rest easy, it’s backwards compatible, meaning it’s designed to work with older and newer computers alike. Upgrading your hardware can be expensive, so start with a free operating system update.

Cortana and RealSense

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All that said, if you do have newer hardware, you can take advantage of a number of cutting-edge features that will change the way you do business forever.

Have you ever thought about having a personal assistant? Meet Cortana, the new Windows personal assistant who can understand you when you speak and carry out a number of different tasks on your behalf. You have to try Cortana yourself to get a good sense of just how this virtual assistant could change your workflow, but once you get to spend time with the program, you’ll never want to go back.

If you’ve already had a computer with RealSense, you may have an idea of what the technology can do. But in developing Windows 10 for new hardware advancements like RealSense, Microsoft has designed some incredible features that are launching small businesses into the future. Use facial recognition instead of hackable passwords to log on to your computer and then control your computer with natural gestures that allow you to get more done with less typing, pointing, and clicking.

Tighter Security and Better Peace of Mind

Speaking of security, you might think that continuing to use the old operating system will only drag your productivity down with slower load times and processing. But there’s a lot more to it. As technology has advanced, so have hackers. Windows 10 offers more than a slick interface and new features — it also gives you better protection from bad guys who might try to access your private information. Even if you don’t take credit cards or store credit card information, your personal information is still valuable (and vulnerable) to hackers. Customer trust is a precious and delicate thing. It’s not worth the risk, especially when the upgrade is easy and free.

Easier Than You Think

With Windows 10, Microsoft kept most of the features and functionality Windows users are already familiar with, so upgrading doesn’t mean you have to dedicate time to learning a brand new operating system. Plus, Windows 10 is built to keep all your settings and data right where you left it, meaning all the changes you’ve made over the years won’t disappear as soon as you upgrade — right down to your organized folders and the apps you’ve pinned to your taskbar.

Increased Battery Life

As a small business owner, you’re never really off the clock and you probably find yourself working from just about anywhere whenever you have a few minutes to spare. One of the best kept secrets of Windows 10 is just how much of a boost it tends to give your computer, tablet, or 2 in 1’s battery. It can extend battery life by up to three times longer, which could make a huge difference in your day-to-day work habits.

As you can see, Windows 10 boasts a ton of new features that can help any small business owner increase productivity and keep sensitive information safe. It’s a free way to boost your business — in other words, it’s a no-brainer. Go ahead and update today, your customers will thank you.

 

Have you installed Windows 10? Let us know in the comments section how it’s changed the way you work. And if you’re ready to learn more, go to Intel Small Business Solutions, where you can get information on leveraging technology to boost your small business. Then come join our discussions on Twitter at @IntelSmallBiz.