Is it time to move from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 to Windows 10?

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While standing in line at a burger joint recently, we spotted a sign in the manager's office that proclaimed, "Happy employees are productive." That pretty much sums up the Windows 10 experience from the user perspective. It's fast, feature-filled, easy to use and works across many types of devices. Although a unified experience across multiple devices (and using one account) was introduced in Windows 8, it remains a key factor in Windows OS usability. But because the mouse and keyboard still rule the desktop, it's equally important that the Start menu is back in Windows 10, in all its full glory.

Since its introduction in July 2015, Windows 10 has been well-received by consumers, partly because of the free upgrade and partly because it's a great OS for end users. These days, Windows 10 is also finally gaining traction with businesses. A Spiceworks survey of IT executives indicates that 73% expect to deploy the software by 2017. Let's take a look at the pros and cons involved in making that upgrade.

Why upgrade?

The unified experience is here to stay, offering a "one app platform, one security model, and one management approach" that should resonate with IT managers who must mind the budget and allocate staff time resourcefully. Microsoft has said that Windows 10 is its best and final full OS release. Going forward, the company will focus on its Windows as a Service (WaaS) model, in which updates and incremental upgrades will be rolled out as they are needed. WaaS should help organizations remain current on "upgrades," making for a more secure environment along with a less costly and time-consuming update-handling process.

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