With the end of Windows 7 drawing nearer by the day, it is time to start considering migrating to a safer and sustainable operating system (OS). Microsoft’s team announced the end of Windows 7 last year, but decided to extend support for the OS until the 14th day of January 2020.
The end seemed so far then, however, it is only a matter of months away. Therefore, users who are yet to migrate from the soon-to-be-outdated OS are urged to do so to save themselves the troubles that come with using an outdated OS.
Indeed, it won’t be easy saying goodbye to the much-loved Windows 7. The OS launched a decade ago was the best- selling OS Microsoft recorded. Statistics showed that most businesses stuck with the OS even with the release of Windows 8. It is not much of a shocker that about 38% of users are still clinging to the OS despite Microsoft incessant warning.
To make the shift worth it, Microsoft took the time to design the new Windows 10 to incorporate a lot more features than any other existing OS. The OS is also designed to pair perfectly the new Office 356.
You will recall that the Microsoft team announced that Windows 7 fading away is only the beginning of many more changes to come. Other features such as Office 2010 has been announced to follow closely. This made it critical to create an upgraded version of the office. And that is exactly what the Microsoft team did with Office 365.
This new office is arguably the best work designed by Microsoft so far. The suite is designed with a lot more features than we saw in Office 2010. And the Microsoft team swears it comes with even better security features. So, the shift is worth it after all.
If you are yet considering whether to make the shift or not, I am positive you will be convinced at the end of this article. Enjoy reading!
Difference Between Office 365 and Office 2019
We have got a lot of questions on whether or not there is a difference between the new Office 365 and Office 2019. Well, the answer is YES! There is a huge difference between both suites. Office 365 is more like a premium version of Office apps designed to allow you to create your best work across different devices. This new suite comes with several subscription plans to fit into the budget of just about any user. With the subscription in place, users enjoy the opportunity of using this top-notch suite in up to 5 different devices, including Macs, iPad, Android phones, Android tablets, iPhones, and personal computers (PC). Additionally, the suite operates basically in the cloud, with about1 TB cloud storage. Incredibly impressive!
Office 2019, on the other hand, is a one-time purchase. It contains classic versions of the Office apps and can only be installed in a single Mac or PC. It is not supported on other devices besides the Mac and PC. Unlike Office 365, apps in Office 2019 require manual updates from time to time. Also, the services included in Office 365 (for example, SharePoint Online and Exchange Online) are not included in this suite. It is also crucial to note that this suite already has an end-time tagged to its neck. It is proposed to run until October 2023.
Can Office 365 Work with Other Windows?
Office 365 is designed to work with the latest Windows, especially Windows 10. Although it can be installed in other OS, you would most likely not get the best of the suite. The Microsoft team warned that using Office 365 with older versions of Windows may result in diminished experienced with time, and Microsoft will no longer provide code fixes to resolve any non-security related problems. Therefore, it is essential to upgrade your OS to latest Windows – Windows 10 preferably – to unlock the suite’s maximum potential.
Why You Should Make the Transition to Windows 10
Making the shift from Windows 7 to Windows 10 might seem laborious at the moment; however, it is totally worth it. True, Microsoft will not stop you from using your old OS come January 2020, but you will be exposing your PC and your data to all sorts of threats out there. Why? Because ending support for Windows 7 means that Microsoft will no longer send updates and fixes to your PC. Therefore, your PC is left to fend for itself. And we both know how ineffective that is.
Improved Security Features of Windows 10
- New VPN profile options
- Identity and access management
- Multifactor Authentication (MFA) system
- New tools to curb credential theft
- New modular threat-resistant features
Other Notable Features of Windows 10
- Ridiculously Easy Add a Printer option: Operating Windows 10 has been made incredibly easy. You do not need a professional guide or a degree to navigate your way through this endless world of possibilities. For example, adding a printer has been made so much easier compared to former versions. Simply click on the Start menu and type in Printer. Fast and easy!
- Quick Home View: The smart home view allows you easy access to your apps, files, and settings. You can now spend time on your work, instead of an endless search for files.
- Smart Task View: This has got to be one of the major features of the new Windows. The smart task view allows you to shuffle between multiple apps without breaking a sweat. You have an on-screen record of all recent files and can easily access or delete any of choice.
- Snap Assist for Splitting Windows: Say goodbye to the struggle of merging multiple windows on your screen. With Windows 10, you can now split and resize windows with ease.
- Taking Screenshots with the Snipping Tool: You wouldn’t be wrong if you said this Windows was designed like a smartphone. Windows 10 now allows users to take screenshots of any opened window. It’s amazing!