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Windows 10: How Is It Now?

windows 10Windows 10: How is it Now?

It’s hard to imagine. Software seems to grow up right before your eyes. One minute, you look at your familiar desktop — and after a blink, you have now upgraded to Windows 10! Congratulations!

Jokes aside, it hasn’t been all bad. We’ve received a new anniversary update following its first year out, finished up the free update push, and beat almost all of the old operating systems in terms of market share.

So, now more a year later – where is Windows 10 these days?

The Numbers

Windows 10 has been an explosive operating system. Without getting into the rather irrational ways that it may have found its way on some systems, it is the second highest of all when looking at market share. It’s beaten only by its older brother, Windows 7. It is by far the fastest adaptation we’ve seen in Windows environments. To have 21% of all systems running a one-year-old OS is something we haven’t seen before. With constant updates, faster boot times, and new options from the Windows Store, there are a lot of benefits that have played a part in this number.

Even in all of the good though, Microsoft still has fallen short. They stated a goal for one billion devices within a few years. The growth for the OS has not been up to the standard they require to reach the goal however. The push into enterprise markets has not fully taken flight yet. Many businesses are hesitant to upgrade due to cost and compatibility concerns.

These goals falling short for both home users and businesses is especially relevant now that the free upgrade is unavailable.

Why Upgrade?

Windows 10 isn’t some revolutionary change that will make your computer unrecognizable. It is without a doubt faster than the older operating systems, though. That, better reliability, and a streamlined interface are all reasons that are pushed when thinking of upgrading. It is slated to last much longer than Windows 7, which loses support in 2020, and is being continuously updated. The same internal management is available to Windows 10 as the old workstations allowed. Windows Update is indeed forced, but third party programs can still manage when patches get installed to eliminate any accidental downtime. Another growing concern is that new hardware is going to be optimized for Windows 10 only, which leaves 7 and 8.1 in the dust.

While it may be a change for you at home or at work, Windows 10 will be taking over the PC world eventually. Be aware of what’s to come and don’t be afraid to give it a try!

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