Everyone always wants to know what is in it for them…no matter what it is. Looking for a new car – what does it have that I want? A house – does it have what we want/need? A restaurant – does it have what we want? Want, Want, Want…its all we ask ourselves for.
However this time with Windows 10, I can understand people taking the time and asking – Do I really want Windows 10 this year after Windows 8? The horror stories of Windows 8…I wonder how they’ll screw up Windows 10. That’s probably what everyone’s thinking and cringing about. I know I was when Windows 10 was first mentioned and besides why do I need to upgrade?
Thinking back….and what about Windows 9? Did it get lost?I first covered Windows 10 in October 2014’s post called Have you heard the news on Microsoft’s Windows?
At that point, the word was Windows 9 would be an upgrade for Windows 8 users (Windows 8.1 and Windows RT users included) and it would he a very small fee for those who wanted to leave Windows 7 and upgrade.
Then upon the announcement, Microsoft had decided to go directly to Windows 10 – forget about Windows 9. Then the questions started – Why? Why would Microsoft do this? What happened to Windows 9? There was a range of ideas floating about:
- Trying to distance itself from Windows 8’s tragic software was probably the most widely sprouted idea.
- Trying to start again – it’s a big enough change of the software so starting again
- This software was started back in 2010 so just keeping up the reflection of the year it was started (like Windows 95, 98, 2000). This was a bit of a stretch for me, but OK if people want to believe this.
And it went on and on. I think all up there were something like 10 different reasons why. To me it doesn’t matter, as long as the software gets BETTER for the users. As a teacher, beginners need something that is right there and easily explained. For the more experienced users, they need to get in and get stuff done rather than search day and night for what they use. This leaves me with the question – What WILL Microsoft’s Windows 10 do for all of us? That is the real question.
What came about at yesterday’s announcement of Windows 10 was pretty good if it stays that way. The main points of Windows 10 are:
Are you a Windows 7 or one of the many Windows 8 users? Then you can update to Windows 10 FOR FREE … but there’s a catch (isn’t there always?)…
PC World’s article “Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users“. According the article the terms and conditions (or t/c as some people know them as) state:
Here’s the fine print from the Windows 10 page on Microsoft’s site:
“It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.”
So this means if you have the above done, and you don’t have Enterprise, then you are fine for the update. More than PC World is reporting this – CNet,Yahoo tech, Tech Crunch, ComputerWorld – just to name a few!
Of course there’s another snag – er condition – Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year after the operating system launches. Once you’ve claimed the upgrade, Microsoft will keep you updated for the supported lifetime of the device.
Then we start to think – Why would we want to do this besides the supported lifetime of the device? How about Microsoft stopping support on Windows 7? Yep, no more support for Windows 7 mainstream will end. Huh? Yep as of January 13, 2015, Microsoft stopped mainstream support for Windows 7–which is still an extremely popular operating system. But you’ll still be able to use it safely for another five years.
This will bring you up to current software and it won’t cost you. That’s a savings of almost $120 for the upgrade.
Other positives? Let’s look at Windows 10 as they gave everyone a bit of an in-depth look at the OS.
There will be 2 different types of Windows – Cortana – which is the artificial intelligence (to combat Apple’s Siri) will handle if the software is on a desktop, tablet or phone. Each will handle a bit different because she will pick up if a mouse, monitor and keyboard is attached. If not, then it defaults to the tablet/phone interface.
We say goodbye to IE or Internet Explorer. Well in a way we do. Apparently they are keeping the concept but now its name is Spartan. Yep just like the Greek town. Why is it when I heard about it thought of a Greek fighter? Maybe that’s the image they are trying to overcome as well – because I always term IE as Swiss cheese because of the security flaws. I’m just wondering if the interface will be as sexy as the Greek fighter image I have in my head – I doubt it.
Gaming is made better and DirectX will be installed as part of the OS. Good? Bad? This one got me a who the hell cares type of feeling, but I know my husband will like it as he’s the gamer in the family.
In late 2014, they announced some other features will be returning on the desktop software – start button and task bar to name a few. I’ve
Apparently the announcement didn’t go any further than this – not even a release date in sight other than them to say 2015. Hmmm as of now its less than 344 days if it gets released around New Years of 2015 that is. There are beta copies and the Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program is there but apparently very unstable, so I wouldn’t try it unless you want to lose your data I’m told.
From experience, the developers are working towards an end date but just not letting everyone else in on it – yet.
Who’s looking forward to Windows 10?? Anyone that’s game enough to admit to it? I know I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks of this one…