Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer will end on Friday, July 29th. After that date, the cost to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro will be $199. The free upgrade is available to qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. To initiate the upgrade, users just need to click on the Windows 10 pop-up window when it appears on their desktop screen. All of your files will be automatically transferred, but we recommend backing up your data prior to initiation.
What’s in It for Me?
If you have been hesitant to make the switch to Windows 10, here are four reasons why you should do so by the 29th:
- Look out Siri, here comes Cortana: This voice-commanded personal assistant can play music, take notes, tell you jokes, and remind you to pick up milk before you head home from the office. As a plus, Cortana’s Notebook function keeps track of your interests for future use.
- The new browser, Microsoft Edge, offers improved compatibility and speed, as well as helpful new capabilities like webpage markup and reading mode.
- The upgrade includes enhanced security features, such as Device Guard, Microsoft Passport, and Windows Hello.
- It has universal apps, including an Xbox feature that lets players stream games from the console to the PC and play multiplayer games from your PC against other players on Xbox.
In addition to Windows 10, Microsoft has stated that all future upgrades will be free, including the 1-year Anniversary Update, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2nd.
Business Benefits of Windows 10
Now running on more than 350 million PCs, Microsoft expects Windows 10 be running on 1 billion machines by 2018. While most of the first-year adopters have been individual consumers, business users who have completed the upgrade have noticed improved ease of use, improvements in worker productivity, and an increase in cost savings by enabling security features provided by the upgrade, such as Credential Guard and Device Guard.
If you have questions about how to make the most of the Windows 10 upgrade for your business, contact Dorset Connects today at 484-845-1600.