Have you heard? The new Windows 10 operating system will soon be here. Many of you may have noticed a new icon at the bottom of your computer screen this morning. That’s right boys and girls Microsoft is inching closer to releasing their new Windows 10 operating system. You will be seeing a lot of articles about this upgrade and you can get more information by clicking on the Windows icon at the bottom of your screen.
If you are running a legitimate version of Windows 7 (service pack 1) and you don’t see the Windows icon, you can check your computer for Windows updates following these steps:
Now you should see the Windows icon at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. If you want to go with this new Windows 10 upgrade, then you will just click on the icon and choose the button that says “Reserve your free upgrade.” You will then get a message that you will be notified when the OS is released.
The most recent articles I have read are saying that the roll out date will be July 29th. Once you are notified that the OS is ready to be upgraded, you will probably have a limited time that you will be able to use your reservation to upgrade your system. Now, down to the nitty gritty: I have to preface all of this by saying that I am no fan of Windows 8 or 8.1.
Now, down to the nitty gritty: I have to preface all of this by saying that I am no fan of Windows 8 or 8.1. In fact, I am still using Windows 7 and Linux on my computers. I have researched Windows 10 as much as possible and it just isn’t tripping any of my triggers yet. I will say though, that I’m not going to pass judgment until I have been able to work with it for a while.
It is quite possible that this odd way of introducing Windows 10 to the public by offering this magical icon at the bottom of everyone’s computers is just an ingenious marketing ploy……’let’s see how many people are anxious to get away from Windows 8 or 7.’ Does this seem like a survey to you???? I’m a little suspicious.
Let’s look at the facts:
It looks like Windows 8 and 8.1 are going down the path of Vista and Windows ME. It was just too different and it wasn’t enterprise friendly and many felt like it was forced upon them.
The Windows 10 operating system shows that Microsoft listened to some of the gripes about Windows 8 by offering a traditional start menu and pushing the app manager to the background (notoriously known as the metro page.)
Windows 10 will also be the showcase for the new Microsoft browser known as Edge (not to be confused with U2’s guitarist). This new browser will be replacing Internet Explorer and is being marketed as a cleaner and less complicated experience to surfing the web.
Windows 10 will also continue what Windows 8 started with the Office 365 option. Once upon a time you received your Microsoft Office Suite on a disc after purchase. Now you will use your Microsoft account to purchase the Office 365 online and most of your data will be stored in the Cloud. Of course, I have my own opinions of Cloud computing and I won’t get into them here.
One more thing to consider: what if you don’t like the new Windows 10 operating system and you want to go back to your previous OS? Microsoft says that won’t be a problem and you will be able to go back to what you had before.
Now, I tend to be suspicious when something sounds so easy. I think that’s because I grew up around computers and I know just how complicated they are.
Case in point: back in 1987 IBM announced the reinvention of the PC industry with their new PS/2 line. Along with this system came a new operating system to replace DOS. It was co-developed by IBM and Microsoft and it was dubbed OS/2. It was a monster of a system compared to what came before it and after a few years of limping and hair pulling, the OS/2 Warp software confounded even IBM’s own techs on trying to get it to function seamlessly across their PCs.
It was a failure probably because too much was pushed out all at once. IBM wanted to be everything to everyone. Now, I’m wondering if Microsoft took heed of this warning at all or maybe they just forgot. Let' hope for the best with the Windows 10 operating system.