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Welcome to Windows 10

Today is the launch of Microsoft’s newest operating system – Windows 10!

To celebrate Microsoft have released a new video called the Windows 10 Experience. If you want to have a good look at what Windows 10 is all about, this is a great place to start.

Over the past week Microsoft have also released a number of short videos outlining 10 Reasons To Upgrade To Windows 10.

While not all are relevant to businesses, I’d specifically recommend viewing the video’s relating to the new look desktop and security features, and the new Windows 10 specific functions relating to Continuum, Windows Hello and Cortana.

Continuum provides an easy way to switch between desktop and tablet mode. This will be very useful to those road warriors who are out talking and presenting information to clients on a day to day basis.

Windows Hello requires new hardware but will log you into your system just by looking at you. A big improvement on traditional passwords and much more secure.

Cortana is described as your personal digital assistant.

As a digital assistant Cortana will help give you the information you need, when you need it – passing information between your system/s and phone to ensure you always have the information at hand.

In the near future, Cortana will tie Windows 10 and Office 365 together to provide you with the ability to ask Cortana (literally) natural language questions that will help you gather the business critical information you need, simply and easily.

Cortana is already on Windows Phone, but is coming to iPhone and Android in the near future.

Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems running Professional and Home for the next 12 months.

Windows 10 Day – Announcement Coming Soon!

In the coming weeks we’ll conduct a Windows 10 day at our office. This is for you or your staff to come to the office and play with various systems running Windows 10 and see what all the fuss is about.

We ran a similar day when Windows 8 was launched, which was very successful for those that attended so I’d courage you to send at least one interested person if possible.

More information will be provided shortly.

Windows 10 upgrades on your networks.

While Microsoft is encouraging all users to upgrade to Windows 10, we’d prefer to take a considered approach to your systems and your business.

There are a number of factors that need be to investigated prior to upgrading some or all of your machines – particularly in relation to your 3rd party software.

Over the coming months we’ll consult with each of you in relation to the specifics of your network. Following agreement, we’ll then implement a project plan to manage the upgrade process on your behalf in a structured way to minimize potential issues and downtime for your users.

At this stage though, we’d encourage you not to perform any upgrades until you speak with us first.

Due to the way Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10, general availability for most people is still a few weeks away, but if your especially keen please contact your Account Manager or Technical Representative to organize your first discussion.

Conclusion

Over the last 18 months Microsoft have gone through something of a transition. A change of leadership has very much led to a change in philosophy.

The release of Windows 10 is the starting point for most people on where Microsoft is heading, but the change is very exciting.

In the coming years Microsoft will allow you, your staff and your business to work in ways that are more meaningful, relevant and secure in today’s connected world.

And as always, SIAX Computing Solutions will be with you every step of the way.

Welcome to Windows 10.

Adam Smith
SIAX Computing Solutions