1. It’s Free if you have Windows 7 or 8
No, this isn’t a gimmick. Windows 7 and 8 users should have a desktop notification in the bottom right-hand side of the screen that allows them to register for a free copy of Windows 10. All you need to do is sign up, run the compatibility checker to see if your current setup will transition smoothly and wait. Windows 10 launched July 29th, with the rollout being done in stages. You can still sign up for the offer until a year after the launch.
2. Don’t feel like you have to get it right away
It may be tempting to download and install the new Windows operating system as soon as you can, after all it is free. However, as people who have already adopted the new Windows operating systems will tell you, the OS usually launches full of bugs. Using the Windows 10 compatibility checker will help you predict certain conflicts, but unforeseen bugs could cause you some headache. Unless you absolutely need Windows 10 immediately, try holding off for a month or two while Microsoft rolls out initial patches.
3. It is the spiritual successor to Windows 7
Many people who have Windows 8 feel like it was a step in the wrong direction. A confusing new interface, compatibility issues and general instability are some complaints. Windows 7 was seen by many as Microsoft’s last good operating system. Luckily, Windows 10 is supposedly what Windows 8 should have been. Microsoft has taken the best features from Windows 7 and 8 and combined them with totally new features in Windows 10. Don’t let Windows 8 turn you away from Windows 10.
4. It has some really cool new features
If you were one of the many people that used plugins to bypass Windows 8 weird interface, you’re in luck. The familiar Windows start menu finally makes its return in Windows 10. It includes the colorful tiles that were in 8, but as a supplement instead of a replacement. Windows 10 will also have Cortana. Cortana is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Android’s Google Now. Cortana is implemented throughout the OS, allowing you to use voice to find files, check appointments, search the web and more. Microsoft 10 allows makes creating and using virtual desktops super easy. With a couple clicks, you can now create new virtual desktops that you can customize and switch to on the fly. Finally, Windows 10 will launch with a completely new browser called Edge. It promises to be faster, easier to navigate and full of new features that are designed to work in tandem with the modern web.
So there you have it. The very basics you should know about Windows 10. Only time will tell if it is truly the Microsoft OS people have been waiting for.
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