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We’re Windows Watchers

22 Jul 15
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We all recall the giant leap we took when Windows 8 launched. Its new interface was a bit traumatic for many, and definitely took some getting used to. For better or worse, it’s the new direction of Windows, and now with Window 10, they’re settling in and building on that, encouraging us along with more empowering features that play off the familiarity we’ve grown into with the past two Windows releases.

Windows 10 is like a new friend you’ve started to get comfortable around but still has a few more tricks up their sleeve. A recent Windows Blog post had this to say:

“It’s the best combination of the Windows you already know, plus lots of great improvements you’ll love having. The familiar Start menu is back in a more robust and expanded format that provides one-click access to the functions and files you use most. You can quickly reach your most frequently used apps, PC settings, and there is plenty of space to add your favorite Live Tiles.”

We think the redesigned Start menu is going to bring smiles to both the confused Windows 8 crowd and the Windows 7 die-hards. Here are some of its nicer features:

  • Your most used apps are right there in your face, easy to get at
  • Microsoft will place in front of you new suggested/recently added apps for you, based on what you like and own already, so you don’t have to go searching. It knows you. Plus the new apps you’ve downloaded are right there to easily access or pin to Start.
  • All Apps is every app you’ve got, neatly ordered alphabetically, to let you browse like a champ.
  • Places gives you a quick portal to tap into File Explorer, Settings and Power.

As we approach the July 29 launch date, we’re seeing more and more efforts by Microsoft to educate the public on the newest features and how to get the most out of them. Here’s hoping that’s enough for the average Windows user. We’ll try to bring you more helpful information and keep you informed.  Have questions?  Contact Techno Advantage today!

The New Windows 10 Cometh! Are You Ready?

09 Jun 15
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As operating systems go, Windows 7: a sturdy workhorse. Windows 8: not so great. Windows 9: no you’re not crazy, there isn’t one (don’t ask). Now comes Windows 10, and all eyes are on Microsoft to make it work and make it good in order for them to remain a major player and help us forget our sadness from Windows 8. From all reports, this may just be the ticket.

Windows 10 is coming July 29, 2015. So you need to plan.

 Should I upgrade? When?

If you’re a Windows 7 platform, you’ve got a good thing going but you should still plan on taking advantage of the free upgrade sometime within the first year.  You don’t want to miss out on it.

If you’re a Windows 8 or 8.1 user, upgrading to 10 will be like satisfying that itch that never got scratched when you upgraded to 8.  Upgrade within twelve months, for free. After that you’ll have to pay to upgrade, but then you’ll receive free updates beyond that. Why not right away? Bugs, that’s why. Wait a bit and let those pesky critters get discovered and worked out before you take the plunge.

What’s are some great things about it?

Unlike its predecessors, Windows 10 will be standardized to work across-platform, which means the same code will work on all your company’s devices–computers, tablets, phones, and even Xbox when everything is said and done. This is huge in terms of simplifying the user experience, allowing employees to sync up and manage all their communications. And making everything smoother for programmers—no separate PC version, mobile version, etc.

This standardized platform means it’s going to be easier to get all the benefits from its new features. And the truth is that most people probably only use about 20 to 30% of any business applications’ capabilities. You could likely be taking advantage of some pretty cool features that can make your people more productive. One of these features is the enhanced, voice-drive Cortana tool. Or the new Edge browser, designed to let you search right from the address bar. Or the Hub where you can keep all the things you collect on the web. And Web Notes, that lets you write, doodle, take notes and highlighting directly on webpages.

We’ve got a good feeling about Windows 10 and will be reporting more on it as we go. This upgrade goes hand in hand with the new CEO at Microsoft, Satya Nadella—I don’t think it’s coincidence. He’s making big changes at Microsoft; some cool innovative things are happening and he’s putting Microsoft back on the map as a company that helps customers work and play better. Let’s keep our eyes on this.

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