Just when you have gotten used to Windows 8.1, here comes Windows 10. (BTW, did I miss Windows 9?). Microsoft is calling this the BEST Windows ever. Those are some mighty big words! This upgrade is actually free, and per Microsoft is familiar and easy to use. Um…ok. It includes a new and improved start menu (very nice considering 8 did not have one at all), and is designed to start up and resume fast (a must have). Plus, it is packed with new innovations, including a new browser. (Just what all our web based EMR’s want). UGH.
I am going to try to tone down my sarcasm and just go with this. No sense in fighting it. So let’s take a good look at it.
The new operating system is somewhat of a cross between windows 7 and 8. It is keeping all the “good” features of Windows 7 and fixing all the “bad” features of Windows 8.
The introduction of Microsoft Edge should actually be a good thing. You can write or type notes directly on webpages and share them with others, read online articles free of distraction, and save your favorite reads for convenient access later.
Multi-tasking made easy – You can better manage your desktop. Snap up to four things on one screen at the same time and create virtual desktops whenever you need more space or want to group things by project, like Office apps for work and games for play.
The introduction of the Windows store – I suspected this would be a feature if they want to keep up with Apple and Android. With the Windows store, it creates a unified shopping experience across every Windows 10 device. Browse the store on your PC, tablet, or phone and easily download great free and paid digital content including apps, games, music, movies, and TV shows.
Another feature is built in apps that work across all your devices. Maps, photos, mail, calendar, music etc. will be accessible to all your devices. OneDrive will back it all up.
Sounding good so far? Let me just say this…I am not anti-Microsoft. I actually like Microsoft and appreciate what it has done for technology. I shudder to think of a world without it. My confidence level has been shaken from time to time, but I am still a semi-fan of Microsoft. My only concern with Windows 10 is going to be the compatibility with medical applications, and the learning curve for our clients. Some of our clients still have Windows 7, and have not installed Windows 8 at all. Now they will go directly to 10. Fingers crossed!
So…Here comes Windows 10. Fasten your seatbelt! Sheryl Cherico, CEO, Tier3MD