With great fanfare and implied urgency, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. Participants in the Windows Insider program were granted early access to versions of the program through the process of the Windows 10 development. Even now, Microsoft is continuing to evaluate, update, and tweak Windows 10.
Current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge for a period of one year. By upgrading within that one year period, Microsoft will also provide ongoing updates at no charge as long as the device you are currently using can support the upgrades. Windows 10 will not be offered free to users of VISTA or older operating systems. Individuals using the older systems are probably due to be purchasing a new computer soon anyway. Windows 10 will be sold in a “Home” and “Pro” version for those who do not qualify for the free version.
What most people are concerned about is how Windows 10 will impact the way that they work on a daily basis. Insiders report that whether you use Windows 7 or Windows 8, you are going to like the new system. Windows 10 has the familiarity of Windows 7 with the benefits of Windows 8.
The Windows 8 users who missed the convenience of the Start Menu will be happy to see that Windows 10 brings it back for those using keyboards and mice. For users of devices that do not have a keyboard and mouse, Windows 10 includes a new tablet mode designed to make operation easier on those devices.
Two other new features with Windows 10 is Universal Windows apps and Cortana. Universal Windows apps replaces the Metro/Modern/Windows Store apps in Window 8. The advantage is that Windows 10 will run on devices from phones to servers, and there will be a single app store to shop and search. Cortana is an intelligent virtual assistant. These two features, though exciting, are still being refined by Microsoft.
As with any new system, we don’t recommend installing Windows 10 immediately. Give it at least six to nine months of general use in the marketplace before installing it can save you some of the frustration of working through the likely problems and fixes that occur with any new operating system. Even the Windows 10 blog of July 28, 2015 at 9:01 PM by Terry Myerson says, "We’re just getting started – Windows 10 will continue to get better and better -". Remember, you have one full year to take advantage of the free upgrade.