Windows 10 is Out. Here’s What You Should Know.
Windows 10 is out! If you have Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) or Windows 8.1, the upgrade is provided free from Microsoft for the first year! Here’s how to upgrade, direct from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/windows-10-upgrade
What’s new with Windows 10?
Windows 10 builds on the base of Windows 8.1; on the surface the two look fairly similar. They’ve rolled back some of the more tablet-focused elements to make the interface make more sense for desktop users, though, including the return of the start menu. There’s also a new web browser included which is a big improvement on the last version of Internet Explorer: more on this new browser later on. From Microsoft, here’s a list of the features that Windows 10 provides: http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/features
Should I upgrade now?
Our recommendation is to hold off on updating for now if you are thinking about using your computer for business purposes and are using 7 or 8.1. If you are purchasing new hardware though, Windows 10 is much more business-friendly than Windows 8.1 was, and if you still have computers running Windows XP then you should certainly think about replacing them with modern, faster, and more secure Windows 10 machines. For personal use, you can definitely download it if you’re curious to play around with it. There is no rush, if you’re worried about the free upgrade offer expiring; you have a year to get this free upgrade. You can also “reserve” it without actually installing Windows 10. Just don’t go through with the “upgrade” step in the link to Microsoft’s instructions provided at the top of this post.
Have there been any problems reported so far?
Some users are criticizing Windows 10 over privacy concerns, including the data it collects, its default settings, and the personalized advertisements it serves up: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/31/windows-10-microsoft-faces-criticism-over-privacy-default-settings
Windows 10 will also change your default browser if you are upgrading and not doing a clean install, which has drawn criticism from users and also Mozilla’s CEO, Mozilla being the company behind the free and open-source browser Firefox: http://fortune.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-browser/
A successor to Internet Explorer
We will have a blog post later on about Microsoft Edge, the new browser that comes with Windows 10 that will be replacing Internet Explorer, and what you should know about it; stay tuned for that.
If you have any questions about how Windows 10 will effect your business, contact Advance Micro Solutions and we’ll be happy to help!