Microsoft recently released Windows 10 and you may be wondering if you should upgrade. This article gives you our perspective on their new operating system, as well as our results from testing it with the Financial Navigator family office software platform.
Windows 10 Features
Windows 10 could be Microsoft’s best operating system yet. You have probably seen some of the exciting new features and heard that it is a solid product. Overall impressions have been very good, with many tech bloggers singing its praises. Some of Windows 10’s most popular features are:
- Faster startup
- Familiar interface, with the return of the Start menu
- Automatic switching between touch and desktop modes
- Lightweight Microsoft Office apps included
- New web browser, Edge, replaces Windows Internet Explorer
- Cortana, a personal voice assistant, similar to Apple’s Siri
According to surveys of IT workers, about 40% plan to deploy Windows 10 within the year.
Concerns with Windows 10
The above features do not mean you should upgrade immediately. While there is a lot to admire in Windows 10, there are also plenty of concerns, not all of which are resolved with the first official release. When you consider installing Windows 10, here are a few issues to keep in mind:
- By default, Windows 10 is set up to share your Internet connection over Wi-Fi. This is a nifty feature if you want it, but potentially dangerous if you don’t. To be on the safe side, we recommend disabling this feature until you are confident that you want to use it.
- Microsoft can access and disclose your data without your consent. Their policy states:
“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to … protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”
- You will want to be cautious with what you allow Windows 10 to do (for example, do not allow advertisements in the Start Menu).
- You should review all Windows 10 Privacy Settings and make sure your personal data is protected.
Procedures to Upgrade
If you are currently running a registered version of Windows 7 (with Service Pack 1) or Windows 8 (version 8.1), you are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 through July 29, 2016. Conversely, if you are running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you would have to purchase a Windows 10 license.
Installing Windows 10 will preserve all of your data, but we strongly recommend you backup all your files before beginning.
Preliminary Test Results
We have installed Windows 10 on a few computers in our office. In general, the installation was simple and straightforward. On one of those machines, however, we experienced problems with MS Office 2013 and had to reinstall the program. Other reviewers indicate they have experienced the same problem, so this is an issue we expect Microsoft to address in the near future.
We have begun testing the current version of our Financial Navigator products on Windows 10. So far we have not encountered any issues. In fact, we are very pleased with the way the Edge browser performs with our newest product.
Should you upgrade to Windows 10 ?
We recommend not upgrading immediately. We believe you should wait at least three months. This will allow time for any initial problems to be resolved, especially those involving security features. We anticipate Microsoft will release a number of updates over the next few months to remedy issues that users find.