Windows 10 is out now. Since the news of it was announced last year many people have been wondering how this free upgrade will work and what benefits it will bring.
THE FREE WINDOWS 10 UPGRADE
Windows 10 is a free upgrade and is Microsoft’s attempt to eliminate its multiple operating systems and ensure everything is working under the same unified umbrella. It is certainly keen to migrate the 58% of its users still using Windows 7. This upgrade will be free for one year after release for all those currently using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Windows 10 is going to be very attractive for Microsoft and software developers alike as it will encourage fewer different versions of Windows to be in operation making it easier to support and manage. It even goes one step further in ensuring that software updates happen in the background, meaning everyone is running the latest version of its software.
However, most users will remember the flaws and bugs that came with some its latest Windows upgrades, notably Windows Vista and Windows 8, and will likely be wary of changing over too quickly before system bugs and issues are addressed.
However, once upgraded, it may be more difficult than ever to downgrade again, if of course, you don’t like it. However there seems little doubt in the mind of Microsoft that this will happen as it promises the combined strengths of both Windows 7 and 8.
Windows 10 also brings back its Start Menu and its software is now able to recognise whether you are using touch screen or traditional keyboard. You’ll be able to view up to four apps on your screen at the same time. Then there's Microsoft Edge: the new web browser which can function in tandem with Cortana. Edge offers a wholly improved browser experience which the retiring Internet Explorer and its users (all ten of them) are sure to be glad of.
Microsoft also wants to make it easier to sync apps meaning customers can effortlessly switch amongst their different devices be it Xbox, phone, tablet or desktop. This will be especially useful if you use Outlook as your calendar for example.
Microsoft hopes Windows 10 will be adopted quickly and loved immediately and they're mostly right on that so far. A lot of investment has gone into it, and besides you can’t see Microsoft’s vision changing track any time soon.