Microsoft unveil new Windows 10
The news Microsoft fans have been waiting for – Windows 10 is here!
And it comes with big promises from Microsoft that the problems plaguing users of Windows 8 are gone for good. Users of Windows 10 are already seeing a huge improvement over the previous version with reactions to the new software mostly being favorable.
Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on more than 14 million computers around the world just two days after it was released, and aims to get on to a billion devices in three years.
The upgrades are being rolled out in waves, just to make sure the downloads go smoothly due to the large number of people all downloading at once.
There are seven editions of Windows 10 which include:
- Windows 10 Home: ideal for personal use, the version most consumers will want for the at home PC.
- Windows 10 Mobile: Windows 10 desktop experience optimized for Windows phones and tablets.
- Windows 10 Pro: Ideal for enthusiasts and small businesses, intended for use on PC and tablet.
- Windows 10 Enterprise: Building on Windows Pro, ideal for medium to large enterprises.
- Windows 10 Education: Ideal for educators and for academic use.
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: Building on Windows 10 Enterprise, but developed for users of Windows smartphones and tablets.
- Windows 10 IoT Core: Run customizable versions of Windows 10 on household appliances and other machinery.
Should I download Windows 10?
Yes. Although, it may be best to wait a few weeks before upgrading, just to allow time for the first batch of bugs to be fixed. It may also pay to wait until your favorite apps are available on Windows 10.
At the moment it will only be available on suitable computers but will soon be made available on tablets and phones allowing for a seamless experience on all devices.
Why should I download Windows 10?
It’s definitely a huge improvement on Windows 8 or any other version you’re using. It’s also much easier to use and it’s free if you upgrade within one year of availability. After this, it will cost US$119.
What’s different about Windows 10?
Microsoft has described Windows 10 as being the best of Windows 7 and 8, but the biggest improvement comes with the return of the start menu which has been expanded so you can easily access your favorite and most used apps.
The design is cleaner, and more consistent, and the user experience is hugely improvement with smart shortcuts and a fresher interface.
Another improvement is with Microsoft Edge, the new web browser that has replaced the late Internet Explorer.
Universal apps also make it easier for those with multiple Windows devices, with many of them looking and feeling the same across all devices to ensure absolute seamlessness and ease of use.
Perhaps the best new feature, and currently only available in only a select few countries is Cortana, a digital assistant using voice commands to interact with your devices.
How do I upgrade to Windows 10?
First make sure you’ve backed up your computer before you start the upgrade. Downloaded the software from the internet, but as it’s 3GB, it may take a while if you have a slow internet connection. The easiest way is to use the Get Windows 10 app. Download the app, and once it appears at the bottom of your screen, just open the app and follow the instructions.
Microsoft has warned it may take a few days for the download icon to appear, as so many people around the world will be trying to download. Once downloaded, it will take up to an hour to install, depending on your internet speed.
If you don’t like Windows 10, you will be able to revert back to Windows 8.1 or 7 within a month of installing Windows 10.
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