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I posted the article 5 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10. Here is the one with 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 while it is free. The free upgrade expires in three weeks!




"With less than one month to go before Microsoft ends its current offer for Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, you may be wondering whether it's time to make the switch.


While you may be wary of Windows 10's less celebrated features, there are arguments for choosing Windows 10. Here are five of the most compelling.


1. New features


Though not everyone agrees about the value of Windows 10's new features, the new OS undoubtedly offers more than previous versions of Windows.


Windows 10 introduces the virtual assistant Cortana, the ability to log in to Windows with your face via Windows Hello, the new Edge web browser, better support for digital pens and, like Windows 8, integrated antivirus in the form of Windows Defender.


How worthwhile these features are depends on your point of view. Cortana is supposed to help organize your day, giving you traffic and weather reports for your daily journey into work, flagging up upcoming trips, as well as answering simple questions. However, there are complaints that, as with many so-called smart assistants, Cortana isn't that bright, often responding to queries with a Bing search rather than an answer. Similarly, the Edge browser is fast on paper but in practice I found it freezes when loading heavy pages. Nevertheless Microsoft continues to refine the OS with updates that add new features and fixes — so these elements should improve over time.


Under the hood Windows 10 boasts less obvious but perhaps more compelling improvements that significantly speed up boot times from Windows 7, allow storage from multiple drives to be pooled and offer much more effective support for multi-monitor setups.


Rendering of 3D graphics in games and other applications in Windows 10 is also boosted by support for the DirectX 12 APIs, while the addition of the Windows Subsystem for Linux will allow developers to run a raft of Ubuntu software on Windows.


2. Future proof for longer

Windows 8 and even Windows 7 still have plenty more years left before Microsoft stops updating them, but switch to Windows 10 and you'll likely be set for the lifetime of the machine.


Machines upgraded to Windows 10 today will be patched against bugs and other security threats until October 2025, which is when extended support ends.


In comparison, mainstream support for Windows 8 will end January 2018 and extended support January 2023. Mainstream support for Windows 7 has already finished and extended support finishes on January 2020.


So if you're on Windows 7, upgrading to Windows 10 gives you another five years before you have to switch OS, as well as the promise of new features until the turn of the decade."


Reasons 3-5 can be found in the article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/five-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-10/



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