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.
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 the Hazel Harvey Peace Professor in Children’s Library Services at the University of North Texas.