It’s a debate had by many. After the botched launch of Microsoft Windows 8, which was a radical departure of previous versions, many people doubted the company’s future operating systems. So the question is, does it make sense to upgrade from 7 to 10?
Well, that depends on you, and your intended uses.
Windows 7 represented an optimal environment for the faithful users of the windows family of operating systems. It had modern features such as gestures, touch points, widgets, networking options such as home groups, and many endless customizations that can be made to the look and feel of the OS itself.
What changed with Microsoft Windows 8 was to try and fuse a desktop environment with a touchscreen environment optimized for mobile. It was a catastrophe because it was a radical departure from the familiar. Many people were lost, and with good cause.
So from there, Microsoft went back to a formula that works. They had to rebuild confidence in their users, and repair broken trust.
What are the key differences we see, now that Microsoft Windows 10 has had a few releases, some feature upgrades, and has been on the market going on 3 years now?
• Improved performance API’s from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The OS allocates more resources to the startup sequence so that we now see faster bootup times than ever before.
• Ability to opt-out of data collection and unwanted data mining from the users who use it.
• Exclusivity to the DirectX 12 performance enhancements for gaming, as well as the ability to access your Xbox Live account, stream games from your Xbox to your PC and have multiplayer games work with both PC and Xbox players
• Improved search function within the OS, and features exclusive to Cortana
• File Management improvements
• Unified notifications Center. In past versions of Microsoft Windows, there has never really been an area where you can view your system’s notifications in one place. Enter Windows 10’s notification center.
Windows 7 remains a solid, stable OS that’s great for gaming, and work management. It has an environment that is familiar to almost everyone, and is still very customizable. If your intended use is for school, work or play, it can cover all those bases. Going forward though, it’s quickly becoming archaic as support for the latest security threats are tapering off, and software is migrating to newer protocols such as those featured in Windows 10. Windows 7 will be EOL (End Of Life) on January 14th, 2020 which is a year from now. If Microsoft extends support beyond that date, it will become costly for you, the end user. So factor that into your decision when choosing to keep Windows 7 or upgrade to Windows 10.