Windows 10: The Basics for Business Users

Business.com / Computers / Last Modified: March 29, 2017

It may be time to upgrade to Windows 10. It can be a powerful tool for business.

Windows 8 was filled with issues, and many businesses still using the outdated operating system are still plagued with the inconsistencies, awkward and clunky interfaces, and inherent problems. Windows 8 is an ok choice for mobile devices, but really not brilliant for desktop and laptop business users. Windows 10, on the other hand, is more reminiscent of previous Windows generations, but with a number of obvious improvements.

The Interface

No longer are you confronted with the offensively gigantic fullscreen startup interface of Windows 8. Instead, the more traditional pop-up menu is back, so you don't have to wade through a big, clunky interface to launch apps and access specific locations. This new start menu combines the tiles and Live Tiles of Windows 8 and the familiar menu of previous iterations into one refined, user-friendly interface.

Meet Cortana

Microsoft's answer to Siri, Cortana is a virtual assistant application. Use this app to save and retrieve notes, perform quick searches, and set reminders and notifications. You can also set Cortana to notify you of flight and rail delays and cancellations for upcoming trips. Make use of the app to track packages, retrieve files, follow stocks and give you location-based alerts. Cortana makes use of Bing and Microsoft's cloud-based machine learning and collects information about you, including location, search history, and interests to gauge how to help you. You can also alter, limit or block Cortana's permissions. The app is easy to use from the outset, and simply gets better with training. It's a great productivity and schedule tracking tool at the very least.

Task View

Task View is a nice business productivity tool for busy professionals who need multiple applications, browser windows and files running simultaneously, but neatly organized and compartmentalized. Working in Task View, you can create a series of virtual desktops. So, for example, you could be working across five different projects for five different clients, and have a separate virtual desktop for each. This lets you keep everything separate and well-organized on individual virtual desktops, so there's no danger of getting your wires crossed.

OneDrive

The newer OneDrive is a definite improvement over the original that was part of Windows 8/8.1. It's a smart option for business users, too, as it acts as a cloud-based, shareable drive, so anybody with the right permissions can access and make changes to stored files. Using OneDrive also ensures you can access your files on any compatible device, including mobile.

Continuously Evolving

Windows 10 is and will always be a work in progress. It's a living platform that Microsoft constantly updates and improves. This means that you won't have switch to and learn a new operating system for a bare minimum of 10 years, and Windows 10 won't be out-performed or outdated by new technology -- it will simply be updated by Microsoft to keep up with or ahead of the latest technological developments and trends.

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