If you are still using Windows 7, you should know that the operating system will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This might not sound like a big deal, but the still-popular operating system could become susceptible to hackers, bugs, and viruses. Microsoft calls this move the End of Life for Windows 7.
If you plan to stick with a Microsoft product, you will have to move to Windows 10 to keep your computer updated. Your computer will need to have the hardware to support Windows 10, so you might need professional IT services at flat rates to get everything updated appropriately.
Life ends for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. If you plan to use your Windows 7 computer safely after that date, you should upgrade as soon as possible. There are several reasons to get busy on that upgrade.
- Windows 10 is fast and secure
If you’ve been using Windows 7 since 2009, you will be in for a pleasant surprise when you make the switch to Windows 10. The operating system is fast, especially when compared to the snail-paced startup that you’ve been using for the last decade. Some people have loaded Windows 10 onto Macs and they’ve found that it is faster than the Apple operating system!
Waiting for an operating system to boot is one of the biggest wastes of time in the world of computers. By upgrading to the new operating system, you will get a significant amount of time back into your life.
With that speed, you also get security features that boot up just as fast. With the Secure Boot feature, startup codes have to pass through it to be sure it is safe. Windows 10 also comes with security programs like Device Guard, ransomware, and exploit protection.
- Access to Cortana
Another benefit of upgrading sooner rather than later is Cortana. With Cortana, you can talk to your computer and interact with your technology without having to use your hands. All you need to say is “Hey Cortana” and she will listen for the rest of the instructions. Maybe you want her to play music or turn off your PC.
Cortana comes with her own Notebook where she can keep track of everything you want to know. She can remind you of appointments, track traffic on your commute, and update you with sports scores for the day. She can also control smart home accessories like smart thermostats, lightbulbs, and speakers.
- Mobile phone sync
Microsoft might not have its own phone and operating system, but with Windows 10, you can sync your phone and computer. There is an app that lets you move a document to your phone from your computer. Windows does work best with Android phones – which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise – but both iOS and Android phones can use the Cortana app. An Android phone and Windows 10 computer can sync photos as soon as they are taken.