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Hey there, are you packing Windows 7 or 8 on that computer of yours? Well, if you are, you’re due for an upgrade. And not some “Windows 9” upgrade (please), because you’re flying right by that and you’re headed to 10. Why? Who knows (there was no Windows 9). But what we do know is that your upgrade is free if you’re on 7 or 8, and you should be receiving your notice shortly.

When your time comes (it’s like you’re in Logan’s Run), there will be a notification on your taskbar, which will alert you when it’s time to install that upgrade. And then it’s just a matter of clicking a few buttons. Okay, so now you have it, but why should you care? Here are 6 reasons you’re going to welcome Windows 10:

1. Your Digital Assistant

So, Microsoft has taken a SIRI-like approach with its assistant tool Cortana (roll your tongue when you say that, it’s fun). It’s there to serve you, unlike Clippy, the Microsoft Word digital assistant who was more likely to make you throw your mouse out the window.

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2. Increased Security

PCs have come under some scrutiny because they have been prone to viruses and malware. But Microsoft says Windows 10 is its “Most Secure Windows Ever.” You’ll get Windows Defender and Smart Screen to protect you from viruses, malware and phishing. You also have Windows Hello, a password-free way to access your computer that uses fingerprint or iris scanners to create a unique user profile.  So, yeah, no more of this, probably?

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3. Start Menu is back

Previous iterations of Windows ditched the Start Menu, but it’s back! In that start menu, you’ll find everything you need, from most-used programs and apps, to suggestions for apps you might like.

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4. Never miss anything ever

The Windows Live Tile function live updates from your apps to your screen(s). So, if you’ve got an e-mail, an appointment, or you want to know what the weather’s going to be like when you leave the office, it’s all right there. So, it’s like your smart phone, but not in your pocket.

5. Your files are safe

Just because you’re upgrading, doesn’t mean your files are going anywhere. Microsoft says, “Upgrade preserves your documents and files so you don’t need to worry about anything getting lost.”

6. Say goodbye to Internet Explorer

Did you ever think you would say goodbye to IE for good? Well, you can. Microsoft is launching its browser “Edge” which is said to be totally integrated. You can browse, read, share and “mark up” all the web has to offer. IE will soon enter the valley of the dead browsers, joining WorldWideWeb/Nexus and Netscape Navigator.

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