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Windows 10 Available Now!

windows_10_wallpaper_default_previewAt least it will be tomorrow.

Microsoft has been hard at work for some time now on the next edition of Windows.  If you are currently using a Windows 7 or 8.1 version, you will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.  You may have already seen the little Windows symbol in the right hand tray of your system, clicked on it, and reserved your copy.  If you have done that, tomorrow you should be prompted to process the update.

Patience is a Virtue

As with all big upgrades I would caution against jumping into this one too fast.  There will be bugs to work out in the first week or so, especially as people begin to install this new software in droves.  If you have a computer that is not your primary device and you want to try it out right away go ahead.  If on the other hand, you have a single computer and you rely on it for work or other communications I would suggest waiting for a week or two at least.  We will know pretty quickly if installs are going smoothly or not.  It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s Microsoft or Apple or even Google, whenever they release a whole new operating system there are problems.  They all usually get right on them and fix them but it can be a few days to weeks depending on the problem.  Personally I will update a few boxes I have around that are not critical to my daily work.  If all goes well and the dust settles, I will update my primary computers as well, and will post again when that happens.

The Preview

I have been looking at and following the progress on the preview version.  I will say that I am excited about this update.  I liken this to the polish of Windows 7 when it came out.  Vista had been problematic and clunky but 7 ironed those things out.  Likewise Windows 8 and 8.1 have some good underlying technology but the user interface and implementation was clunky.  Windows 10 appears to have streamlined the user interface well, including putting back a good start button.

What to Expect

The user interface is a blend of Windows 7 and 8; I would say the best of both.   The new icons are minimalist but it’s nice to have a refresh.  One of the big changes is that Internet Explorer, while still available, is being put out to pasture.  A new browser “Edge” is taking its place.  Edge looks to be a lot lighter, faster and all around better.  IE will still be available and will be patched if it’s needed for some business applications but it’s not prominently displayed for use.  One of the big additions to Windows 10 is Cortana.  Cortana is the digital assistant similar to “Suri” or “OK Google”.  You can ask Cortana to look things up, to add events to your calendar, or set alarms, send email, play music, get directions and much more.  Of course you need a microphone to make this work.  I won’t try to list all the new features but if you want here is a link to Microsoft and their list of what Windows 10 will have.

As always if you have questions about upgrading or if you need assistance please contact me.