What You Need to Know to Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

“There is an end to everything, to good things as well,” is a proverb dating back to a 1374 poem, Troilus and Criseyde, written by Geoffrey Chaucer. Overtime it has morphed into the popular phrase of “all good things come to an end.” It is used as a reminder that all good things are temporary and nothing great will last forever.

Applying this idiom to a Microsoft product might be a bit much. However, users of Microsoft Windows 7 with extended support will no longer receive critical security updates beginning January 14, 2020. While this time-frame seems far off into the future, it is important for organizations still utilizing this popular end-of-life operating system to begin their migration plan immediately. Otherwise by not upgrading your devices, it will leave you openly vulnerable to on-going viruses and security risks.

Advantages of Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

Upgrading your office to Microsoft Windows 10 Pro has a multitude of benefits over previous versions. Improved seamless connectivity, AI-enabled technology, external USB encryption, remote desktop, Microsoft Edge (replacing Internet Explorer), and touch or mouse and keyboard usability — just to name a few outstanding features — provide your office staff access to the tools needed to increase their productivity. For example, if you need to lock down user accounts to prevent them from accessing specific apps, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro is for you.

Short list of Microsoft Windows 10 Pro advantages

  • Start Menu
  • Cortana
  • Battery Saver
  • Windows Update
  • Windows Hello
  • Virtual Desktops
  • Snap Assist
  • Continuum
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Device Encryption
  • Domain Join
  • Group Policy Management
  • Bitlocker
  • Remote Desktop
  • Microsoft Passport
  • Device Guard

Key Improvements for the Office

In summary, this list means that Windows 10 Pro is built for business. For example, BitLocker lockdowns down your systems or data so no one else can access it. Your Office files are saved in the cloud for easier sharing. If your organization allows, you can log in with Remote Desktop to use your PC while at home, on the road, or anywhere there’s a secure internet connection.

Additionally, Windows 10 Pro allows great office productivity. With the multitasking features of Windows 10, you can arrange your screen as you see fit, manage multiple Office apps and docs on one screen, snap up four of them to optimize your workspace, and slide the shared edge of snapped apps to wherever you want.

Microsoft Edge is their newer, more optimized web browser for the modern web. It is still compatible with legacy apps and sites. You can write or type directly on webpages, share your markups with others, and use the reading view to eliminate distractions. It also has an improved address bar for faster searches.

You can even tell Cortana, your personal digital assistant, about appointments and deadlines, let it suggest documents you may need for upcoming meetings, and keep your group calendar in sync. You can create, modify, and open lists with only your voice. Cortana also integrates with Sticky Notes, Ink reminders, and Microsoft To-Do events.

 

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Device Requirements for Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

With greater computing power, your PC requirements are important. Check out the following list for the minimum specs needed.

 

Required processor 1GHz processor or faster
Required memory 1 GB RAM for 32-bit; 2GB for 64-bit
Required hard disk space Up to 20GB available hard disk space
Required video card 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Reuired connectivity Internet access
Other system requirements Microsoft account required for some features. Watching DVDs requires separate playback software.
Additional system requirements Activation required * Single license * 32 and 64-bits on USB 3.0 media included

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