Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Windows 10 Will Arrive Soon - Should You Upgrade?

Microsoft is beginning to advertise the latest release of it's Windows operating system - Windows 10. What happened to Windows 9, you ask? Well, it appears that MS would like to put plenty of distance between Windows 8 and the new release. Windows 8/8.1 has not been a huge success, and many users remain loyal to Windows 7 - which has proven to be an exception Operating System. Some users continue to stick with Windows XP, which is not a good idea. Windows XP is now outdated and poses substantial security risks for users and the Internet, in general.


So what about Windows 10? In short, I like it. Microsoft has resurrected some of the best Windows 7 features, that were abandoned during the Windows 8 mobile push. Windows 10 is quite usable in desktop mode, and the touch tiles continue to work well for tablets and other mobile devices. Overall it's a nice blend of Windows 7 & Windows 8 with many additional security features.

Is it really free? Windows 10 arrives July 29, 2015 and it will be a free upgrade for those using Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. You will have to perform the upgrade within one year to grab the free offer. After you upgrade, all future releases will be free for the life of your device. You may have already seen an icon in your tray that will allow you to reserve your copy.

So, should I upgrade, as soon as it's available. Unless you are "Geek", probably not. Wait a month or so and many of early bugs will be fixed. The latest pre-release of Windows 10 is excellent and I have encountered very few issues, but why take any chances on your primary computing device.

The new release will arrive as a normal "Windows Update" and Microsoft indicates that the "bits" will be downloaded to your "compatible" computer. You are then free to upgrade whenever you want. Enjoy a free gift from Microsoft!