Windows 10: Coming Free to a Computer Near You

This post is for all of the PC fans out there. Yesterday, my computer shared a message with me about Windows 10. I have to admit that I don’t always keep up with Windows software releases. I must also admit that my computer is like a child to me. I protect it, nurture it, and try to keep unwanted software from influencing it too much. I invest my time and money so that it can have the very best. In short, we have a great relationship. Yet, like growing children, computers change just when you get used to them and need to explore something new.

Right now, Windows 10 is that something new. Last night, I asked myself, “Do I really want my computer to have it?” It’s a legitimate question, one akin to, “Do I really want my teenage son to get a driver’s license right now?” You know that they should eventually have it, but is now really the best time?

Let me put the dilemma in perspective. Have you ever bought a new computer and found yourself having to learn yet another version of Windows? Did you forgo the update to Windows 8? You are not alone. I still have an older computer with Windows XP despite Microsoft ending support for XP last year (Microsoft, 2014). I guarantee that others out there are still holding on to XP, and I completely understand. Letting go of something that you know and love is so hard!

At any rate, I have made my decision about Windows 10, and perhaps new information from Microsoft will help you to make yours, too. For one, it has been reported that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows (Warren, 2015). But don’t worry; Windows will not cease to exist. On the contrary, the tech giant will focus on providing continuous updates to Windows as a service without numbered versions.

I plan to reserve a copy of Windows 10 because I miss familiar Windows features like the Start Menu. Yes, I realize that my reasoning is simplistic. Don’t judge! Maybe there is something on this partial list of features that appeals to you:

  • Connects desktops, tablets, and phones
  • Can run multiple virtual desktops
  • Has Cortana, Window 10’s digital assistant
  • Includes a Windows store with games, movies, and music
  • Allows writing, touching, and typing notes into webpages with the new browser, Microsoft Edge

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has been thoroughly tested, and millions of people are already using it. If you’re curious, then this website lists all of the features: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features.

Perhaps you are ready to reserve your free copy but don’t have the “Get Windows 10 App” on your computer. In that case, you can make a reservation at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade. As always, you should read the fine print. After you reserve your copy, your computer (or applicable device) will notify you on July 29 that the software can be downloaded.

References

Microsoft. (2014). Windows XP support has ended. Retrieved from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

Warren, T. (2015). Why Microsoft is calling Windows 10 ‘the last version of Windows’. Retrieved from http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/7/8568473/windows-10-last-version-of-windows

Author: Daniella Smith

Daniella Smith, PhD. is a former school and public librarian. She is currently an associate professor at the University of North Texas.



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5 replies

  1. Dr. S, the last Windows update was confusing to me; we use that program at school. At home I have my Mac, which I’ve never used before so it has taken some getting used to. Maybe I will look into Windows 10. I just want something easy to use that I can quickly understand :)

  2. Hi Ashley,
    I have a MAC too. I absolutely love it for its multimedia capabilities. I keep both types of computers because of some of the software that I use for work. The great thing about the new Windows 10 is that you have some time to decide if you want it. It will be available as a free download for a year. I forgot to include that in the post. :>)

  3. Dr. S, I would like a Mac but based on the way my phone (an iPhone 5) and ipad function when using Blackboard I have stuck with my hp. I am scared of 10- I just got this computer and I am still not good with all of Windows 8?!?! I also did not want to download and learn anything new until this semester is over. Thank you for sharing with us.

  4. I have to admit I was excited and terrified at the same time when I heard about the update. I can’t wait to try our Microsoft Edge.

  5. Hi Ms. Gaskin,

    You are welcome. I understand your apprehension. Here is my advice. Wait until other people have tried Windows 10 for a while. Then you will be able to go online and see some videos of them discussing it. You will be able to learn about the pros and cons and make an informed decision based on some of their comments. In addition, when the school makes a transition to Windows 10, students will be able to get technical support.

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