I finally decided to take the leap and join the approximately 75 million others who have upgraded to Windows 10 by doing the upgrade from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro on my primary computer. This is the unit I use to write this blog, handle all my email and other website work I do for my Rotary group. For me it is a critical tool and I was hesitant to jump in.Read More
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A week or so ago I upgraded my first computer to Windows 10. How hard? Not really at all. The computer I decided to go with first was my wife's Windows 8.1 laptop because it is not usually involved in any mission critical work around our place.Read More
Many users of Windows software are waiting to see what the new proposed release, Windows 10, is going to be like. Since the release of Windows 8 and its subsequent free upgrade Windows 8.1 was decidely under whelming there is a hope that Windows 10 will not disappoint again.
Since Windows 7 the long standing primary installation of this important operating system is getting pretty long in the tooth, especially with the advent of the growth of mobile computing a move to a new platform is certainly desirable for many users. Of course anyone using Windows 8.1, even if they have become more comfortable over time, will be really looking to get new functionality and better comfort with the new release. Windows 8 for SMB businesses has not gained great traction so the changes here will be more consumer driven. For Windows 7 there are many businesses who are ready for a change to a new OS.
To get a feel for what to expect with this new critical release for Microsoft, here are some comments you can review:
At this point much of the discussion around Windows 10 has been focused at IT professionals and those who are more technically inclined. This is going to change once the general release comes out at the end of this month. Millions of users of the Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and 8.1 are going to be notified that they are eligible and on the list to receive the new operating system. At this point they have one year to decide to install and activate it to be able to use it free for life of the computer.
Figuring out whether you wish to go ahead with the installation and start using Windows 10 right away is going to be something you want to check out. Do some reading, check with some of those you trust about upgrading software, check the notices and most of all check with the suppliers of key software applications you count on. Once the indicators show more potential for gaining performance or functionality go ahead and do the upgrade. Windows 10 is going to become the new reality for PCs pretty soon and if you are eligible to join the ranks without new costs then it may just be a worthwhile thing to do in the next twelve months.
Microsoft has announced more details about the new Windows 10 slated for release this fall. As is usual with Windows OS releases the information will be spotty with each announcement but will gradually tell us what to expect when the upgrade comes out.Read More
My wife and I recently had the opportunity to go on a cruise on the Holland American Line and one of the interesting features of the cruise was a very popular activity hosted by Microsoft. On board there was a lady called Emily who was billed as a TechExpert and who conducted daily Digital Workshops with about 50% of them focused on using Windows 8 to improve your computing experience.