Starting in October 2016, TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) will feature refurbished laptops and desktops with Windows 10 preinstalled. We plan to retire our inventory of Windows 7 hardware, and all of our Windows computers will feature Microsoft's latest operating system.
Laptops and desktops from RCI are competitively priced hardware from top manufacturers like Dell, HP, Lenovo, and more. They're designed to meet the rigorous standards of corporate users, and now nonprofits and libraries that request these Windows computers will benefit from using Windows 10 right out of the box.
Microsoft has worked hard to make sure everyone knows about the cool new features inside Windows 10, like its personal assistant Cortana, its sleek new Edge web browser, and improved desktop and tablet views.
For modern nonprofits, though, Windows 10 has some even more significant improvements over Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Your IT department (or the staff member who happens to also be your IT department) will find it easier to upgrade and install Windows 10. Plus, with simpler and more flexible network management, Windows 10 means lower IT costs with less complexity.
Device manufacturers are always innovating and releasing new products to help your organization get more done at a lower cost. Windows 10 connects better to existing and future devices, including convertible laptops, wall-mounted devices, and even holographic interfaces. Gone are the days of scouring the internet for the right device driver; Windows 10 makes it easier than ever to plug and play.
Windows 10 has a more consistent look and feel on PCs, tablets, and smartphones, which means that all of your Windows devices have the same functionality. If it works on your phone, it'll work on your desktop. Plus, thanks to Cortana, you can ask for the document, setting, or piece of information you need immediately.
While Microsoft is still supporting its previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 is even more secure than its predecessors. This latest version boasts improvements like virtualization-based security to strengthen your computer's data security, secure booting to keep hackers out, and Windows Hello to support biometric authentication (face, iris, and fingerprint reading). Microsoft build Windows 10 for the enterprise-level corporations and governments, which means your nonprofit or library can take advantage of the same level of security.
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Some of us need Windows 7, plus do not trust the security of Windows 10. Very disappointed that our access to the machines we need is eliminated.
jenni-bunnies - thanks for your comment. Here's some back-story. Our RCI Program PCs use Windows and Office Citizenship licensing from the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program (RRP). This special program supplies low-cost Windows and Office licensing for refurbished computers that go to schools, charities, libraries, and low-income people. This is one of the things we do to keep RCI equipment as low-cost as we can. The RRP Program has discontinued its distribution of Windows 7, hence our switch to Windows 10 on our RCI refurbished PCs.
Windows 10 has made some major security upgrades like new technology that Microsoft built into the Windows 10 kernel that is enabling Device Guard and Credential Guard. Security is a top concern for Microsoft and of course its customers. For more on that, I recommend the Microsoft Technet Windows 10 Security Overview at:
For an independent look at the issue, I recommend ZDnet's great Mary Jo Foley’s piece comparing Windows 7 security and Windows 10 security. Find that one at:
This piece is about a year old, and since then Microsoft has made some major updates to the software including security improvements. Hope this helps.
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