If you are currently using a Tablet PC with Windows 7 or 8.1 then you’re facing a dilemma this week. Do I take the last chance on the Windows 10 upgrade or do I stick with the tried and true?
Personally, I like to be at the pointy end of the technology curve. So I’ve been running Windows 10 since the early previews. The trouble with the pointy end is that you get hurt sometimes!
But this Friday it will be one year since Windows 10 was released to the public. That’s a long time in the tech world! Over the last year we’ve seen a lot of refinements and improvements. Next week, Microsoft will push the button on the anniversary update (formerly known as Redstone) which includes even more refinement.
Sometimes it’s only when you go back that you realise what you’re missing out on. Having recently used some Windows 7 and 8.1 tablets, I had the experience of being grateful for Windows 10!
Here are some of the Windows 10 features that I think make the upgrade worthwhile for tablet users:
- Predictive touch keyboard and direct handwriting entry
- Multiple desktops when working at the desk
- Better security under the hood
- Pin password and Windows Hello for tablets with fingerprint readers.
- Faster boot times (especially from Windows 7)
- Windows Store and apps like Maps, Drawboard PDF, Adobe PhotoShop Express, Autodesk Sketchbook, Netflix, Shazam and more!
- Unified app experience (apps and programs now behave the same way)
- Cortana – Your personal assistant (e.g. “remind me to see John when I get back to the office”).
So unless you’re running an application that is simply not ready for Windows 10, I’d say it’s time to make the jump. It’ll cost you $299 to do it next week!
And next week you will receive the anniversary update that includes the Windows Ink tools. If you’re a sticky notes user, you’ll love the new smart sticky notes that can automatically set reminders and retrieve information out of your scribbles directly!
Here’s a preview of Windows Ink: