On July 29, 2015, Microsoft's newest operating system (OS) -- Windows 10 -- was officially made available to the public. So now it is October 1, 2015 and I have been asked for my thoughts and experiences.
Windows 10 has been described as a blend of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 10 also has a number of new features that weren't available in earlier Windows operating systems which users may find helpful or save them time.
Windows 10 is also is a different type of release; Microsoft considers it an "upgrade" of its Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems; as opposed to a whole new operating system. As a result, it's being made available to current Windows 7 and 8 users free of charge If you wish to upgrade.
While we certainly are supportive of digital technology advancements, regardless of how much beta testing has been done, during the initial stages of any roll-out, there are always bugs that need to be worked out. As a technology company, T.G. Consultants lives for the “bleeding” edge, but as our client or friend, we know and understand that is not where you necessarily want to be. For this reason, Microsoft has acknowledged the rollout of Windows 10 will be a "phased" approach. What this means with that you will receive a notice at the bottom right hand of your screen which will look like this. When you click on the icon you will be able to reserve your copy of Windows 10. After reserving your copy of Windows 10 you may have the option to install right there and then or you can schedule the upgrade for a later time.
All Windows 7 and Windows 8 user have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade to Windows 10.
In other words, if you're on the fence about whether to take and install this free upgrade -- there's no rush. You have a whole year to decide.
Now of course if you are in the market for a new computer, your choice will still be Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. Our suggestion is to purchase a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer, leaving the upgrade to Windows 10 down the road.
For those that who like to jump into the deep end of the pool, here are some advancements:
1. Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser
2. Verity of OS choices: Windows 10 Home, Mobile, Pro, and Enterprise
a. Your current OS determines the Windows 10 upgrade version
3. New security features such as Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport
a. An Intel RealSense technology-powered biometric authentication system that allows users to sign in across all Windows 10 devices without needing a password. You plus your device are the keys to your Windows experience…more to come on this in a later blog.
Then there are the typical pitfalls, such as printer drivers, software applications not working correctly. If you are a Windows 7 user (never upgraded to Windows 8) there is also a learning curve, especially if you never owned or used a tablet.
Make no mistake Windows 10 is a huge and I mean HUGE improvement over Windows 8, especially business PC user.