It’s new. It’s fast. It’s free!
Microsoft is getting ready to release its new operating system (OS) Windows 10 this summer. It will be available via a free download between July 29, 2015 and July 29, 2016. To help you make an informed choice about the new OS, the technicians at Technology Solutions have been running the preview version on their systems for the last eight months. Here’s what they’ve learned:
Downloading the new OS was easy. Though users with slower internet connections may find the download takes a long time.
Data transfer was seamless from Windows 8 to Windows 10 and all programs worked just as well after the update as they had before.
The Start Button is back, resulting in improved navigation and easier access to programs.
A few of the Features may surprise users. Some classic Windows programs like Internet Explorer and Windows Media Center have been scrapped. These have been replaced with newer programs that boast increased functionality. These programs include:the new Microsoft Edge (or Spartan Project) browser, which allows you to write notes on webpages and share them with your friends; Cortana² Personal Assistant, a Siri-like voice activated digital assistant that delivers reminders and answers questions; and the free DVD playback app, which performs the function that Windows Media Center was most often used for — playing DVDs.
All in all, Windows 10 seems to combine the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8 to create a fast, intuitive systems. Most of the annoyances introduced in Windows 8 have been scrubbed, except for one, Windows 10 still requires a password to log on to your system. The goal is to increase security, but home users may be frustrated by the extra step on the way to accessing their favorite games and programs.
Windows 10 will be available free to anyone currently running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft is already taking orders for the new system. Some people may already have noticed a Windows icon popped up on their desktop that says “Get Windows 10.” To reserve your free copy of Windows 10 just click on the icon and follow the on-screen instructions.