This week Microsoft started the rollout of its new operating system Windows 10. It is being called the new Windows 7. It’s powerful, refreshing to use and free… For the first year if you are a current windows 7 or 8 user. if you’re not a current windows user it will run you $200. Will run on windows PCs, phones, Xbox and internet of things devices.
Why is it Free*?
The big reason behind offering the new OS for free to previous version users is to get everyone back on the same operating system (for the most part). There are a lot problem that comes with having devoted users split between multiple operating systems but that’s a whole other story.
Say good bye and good riddance to browser internet explorer! The browser has been left behind by more modern browsers like Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s FireFox. (Technically Internet Explorer is still a part of Windows 10 for enterprise compatibility but most people won’t be using it) Say hello to Edge! Edge is a overhauled browser that supports modern web experiences. It also includes useful features such as integration with Cortana and a note-taking mode that lets you doodle on a web page and share it with others. The first version of Edge will still be too bare-boned for power users conveniences such as extension support are not yet available but for the vast majority of people, it should provide a much better web browsing experience than anything Microsoft has offered before.
Based on the artificial intelligence companion in the video game series, Halo. It is the equivalent to having Siri like on an iphone for your Windows device. Giving you the ability to make search queries or open applications by using your voice.
Universal Apps, Maybe
There are universal apps which make it so developers only have to release one app that will run on PCs, phones and potentially Xbox and Hololens when it releases. The idea behind it is packaging multiple apps in one download that will have the full thing on PC and a condensed version on phones. This is comparable to Apple and how they do it between iPads and iPhones.
It has Minecraft!
Last year Microsoft shelled out $2.5 Billion for acquiring the company Mojang (creators of Minecraft). So it’s no surprise the licence being put to use with the new version called, “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta” allowing 8 people to play cooperatively over Xbox Live and even connect with players on the smart phone, “Pocket Edition” once an update hits for it.
Windows 10 for Gamers
Microsoft is promising the update will shake up the whole gaming ecosystem. Thats a pretty big claim. They implemented an Xbox application that allows you to stream your xbox one games to you PC devices. The next step they are working on is allowing you to stream your PC games to your TV through your Xbox one.
What happened to Windows 9?
So the jump from 8 to 10 raises the question of, “What happened to Windows 9?”. In short no one knows, maybe Bill Gates. I like to think it’s in limbo with all the failed windows phone operating systems as well as Xbox two to three hundred and fifty nine.
How do you claim your free upgrade?
If you are ready to make the leap to Windows 10, first make sure you’re up to date on the operating system you’re running. If you are already up to date if you check for an upgrade it will prompt you to install windows 10. Unless you’re feeling brave and feel like you NEED the new operating system our suggestion is to let it be out for a week or two to let others find the bugs then upgrade once you know there won’t be any problems.