Transitioning Business Computers to Windows 10? What You Need to Know Before You Switch

Windows 10 is one of the most interactive operating systems that Microsoft has released. With combined elements from Windows 7 and 8, plus a host of new additions to the user interface, mastery of the operating system is definitely something that should be a high priority on any business owner’s or manager’s list. Here are three concepts you need to know before transitioning to Windows 10.

Dealing With the Learning Curve at Work

While Windows 10 has much more seamless integration with the Windows family than Windows 8 did, there are still some big changes to get used to. If the operating system confuses you, you aren’t alone – about 30% of early Windows 10 adapters were confused by the interface as well. Some elements from Windows 8 were transitioned over but many menu items have changed, moved, or been removed altogether. Plus, there are so many new additions to the user interface that the learning curve at work is going to be significant. It may be helpful to offer employee training from an expert to keep everyone on the same page.

Privacy Matters

In Windows 10, there are a myriad of privacy settings that you’ll need to attend to. There is a lot, but it’s necessary in order to protect your business’s sensitive data and files. The good news is that there is built-in help while you navigate all these privacy settings.

There will be privacy settings to decide on during the initial Windows 10 set up. After setting up, there will be more privacy settings to decide on in the Privacy tab under settings. Finally, on Microsoft’s Privacy Dashboard online, you can view and decide on a whole plethora of data that Microsoft has collected from you in the past. You can delete the data if you want. Remember, setting up your privacy settings should be a top priority to protect your business.

Getting Value From the Virtual Assistant

With Windows 10 comes the introduction to a new virtual assistant – Cortana. Think of Cortana as the Windows version of Siri. Cortana can bring some exciting opportunities for your team to stay organized and on task – that is after they’ve mastered the learning curve. Employees can also benefit from the Action Center which keeps users informed of what’s happening and when while they’re away from their desks. These virtual assistant features, paired with office networking, can give a significant boost to the efficiency of the business.

Focusing on the learning curve, privacy matters, and the value of the virtual assistant can significantly increase the usefulness of Windows 10 for your business. Increased confidence in the system can lead to higher efficiency among employees. There are certainly more areas to cover than these three points when it comes to transitioning to Windows 10 but starting here can get your business moving in the right direction.

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