Microsoft will release what is touted to be the largest overhaul of the Windows operating system ever in less than one month. The Developer Preview builds made available to Windows Insider program members show plenty of visual features, but the most important novelties are packed under the hood.
It’s not just Microsoft that is hard at work tweaking the final bits to their newest and shiniest version of Windows. Here, at Bitdefender, we’re overhauling our existing line to ensure it works flawlessly with the new operating system so you can enjoy uninterrupted peace of mind.
What is new in Windows 10?
Beyond the obvious features, such as the re-introduction of the Start menu, new wallpaper and other visual tweaks, as well as a new browser to replace the now-defunct Internet Explorer, Microsoft has also modified its licensing policy. Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to all computers that run a genuine copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 and that meet the hardware requirements. This means that a massive chunk of the windows 7/8/8.1 user base will make the leap to Windows 10 come July 29th.
What has changed in Windows 10 security-wise?
For the enterprise, one of the most important features is the possibility to lock down devices and instruct them to only allow the installation of applications that are digitally signed with a either a Microsoft-provided certificate or a certificate that belongs to the company.
While this approach will somewhat limit the impact on enterprises that work with a minimal set of applications, consumers will have to face the same old digital challenges they have got used to in the past years. As the number of threats is abruptly increasing from one year to another, the use of a complementary antimalware solution is paramount.
But it’s not only Microsoft that has to evolve their products to meet the customers’ new requirements. Antimalware vendors will also have to redesign their products to properly interact with the new Windows 10 operating system.
Antimalware solution update required
Immediately after the upgrade from your old operating system has completed, your current antimalware product will likely be disabled if it is deemed incompatible with Windows 10. If your vendor has a version that is compatible, you will get a prompt asking you to upgrade the current security solution. Here is what to expect in case you are running a Bitdefender antimalware product, be it Bitdefender Antivirus, Bitdefender Internet Security or Bitdefender Total Security:
The transition will go smoothly, as your license key and account information does not get lost during the upgrade. It only takes one click and a couple of minutes to download and have the best security solution of the year up and running on your brand-new operating system.