October 20, 2017

Windows 10: Yes (but not yet)

Win10Since its release a few weeks ago, 75 million people worldwide have downloaded the free upgrade to Windows 10. If all you do on your computer is surf the web and use Microsoft Office, then you should jump on the bandwagon and upgrade to Windows 10. However, if you use other software, especially business software, our recommendation is to wait.

Overall, we are fans of Windows 10. There are some improvements in look and feel, mostly in the way Microsoft combined the best of Win 7 and 8. Most of the elements we really like, however, are behind the scenes. These include file encryption, better file management, better search and indexing and better system recovery. Through compression the operating system also takes less room and resources.

Microsoft’s system requirements for Windows 10 are the same as Win 7 and 8 so if your machine was compatible before it still is. However, that doesn’t mean other software and hardware manufacturers have jumped on board. For example, the system requirements for Quickbooks 2015 Pro do not officially include Windows 10. Many other business software programs, especially those running on top of databases, do not yet officially support Windows 10. That doesn’t mean they won’t necessarily work, but if there are issues you won’t be able to rely on the software provider for help.

Microsoft has provided a crowd-sourced compatibility center where individuals can indicate their experience with compatibility issues for both hardware and software, but pay attention to the number of votes cast. For example, one video card was listed as compatible because 133 out of 296 voted yes (but the other 163 voted no).