With small businesses and their customers interacting online through social media, mobile apps, and cloud-sharing, computers are virtually an indispensable tool for any business. The foundation of your company’s computer operations is the operating system (OS). A good OS makes computing tasks simpler and easier, and increases overall productivity. A poor OS leads to frustration and work slowdowns as users struggle to navigate their way through the system. Each new version of Microsoft’s Windows is carefully reviewed by both technical experts and everyday computer users. Windows 8 received mixed reviews from consumers and techies, too. When Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 in 2015, it hoped to show consumers that it listened to and acted upon their input in designing its latest OS. Here are the top three advantages Windows 10 offers your small business.
More and Better Apps
Applications are important vehicles for connecting businesses and consumers, whether to facilitate a purchase or share content information on your business website. Windows 10 boasts a virtually endless list of apps in its Windows Store, that are designed to facilitate virtually any task. To help keep employees productively on task, you can restrict which app they can access or use during working hours. Windows 10 apps are easily resizeable, so you can run them in separate windows or full-screen. Designed to operate in sandboxes – isolated computer environments that provide more security for conducting operations such as payment processing. Nearly all apps easily integrate with other software programs your company may use, and have a wide range of sharing features built in. Windows 10 has substantially improved functionality, ease of use, and productivity for basic OS and everyday business applications such as (MIcrosoft) Photos, Maps, Mail, and Calendar.
Cortana is Windows’ personal assistant program. You can find it easily on your screen – it’s the search box located just next to the Start Menu button. Cortana works with voice commands as well as written notes, and its Notebook can help you keep track of appointments, projects, meetings, and reports. Cortana borders on demonstrating artificial intelligence (AI) as it “learns” your interests and preferences through repeated interactions, making it function more like a genuinely personal assistant. It also works easily with Windows’ new “continuum” feature that enables Windows 10 and software programs to smoothly adjust displays as you move from using a desktop to a notebook, laptop, smartphone or other mobile device.
In Windows 10, Microsoft replaces its Internet Explorer browser with Edge, which abandons the overly-cluttered menu bar of Explorer. Paring down the homepage icons makes Edge faster than competitors Firefox and Chrome, and provides noticeably longer battery life, approximately 69% longer battery life than Firefox. Edge easily interfaces with Cortana, enabling employees to share, save, download or make reading notes with features like page markup, screenshot saver, and reading mode. The browser also offers helpful extensions such as password saver, LastPass. Overall, improvements in security, connectivity and compatibility, and software tools make Windows 10 a definite plus for boosting productivity at your small business. It’s worth examining the OS in depth to see how you can take full advantage of Windows 10 features.