Microsoft released its newest version of Windows back in August. Some were excited and eager while others were hesitant to make the jump. Well, if you are waiting for the bugs to get worked out, Microsoft has just last week, released the first major patch / update to its new operating system.
The new graphic user interface (what you see and click on) is a slick, polished look and is easy to use. It is a great improvement on the Windows 8 / 8.1 update, but most people didn't approve of Microsofts attempt on a new look in Windows 8. Some will still argue for the Windows 7 look but those are likely the people who don't like change.
Speed increase? If you are jumping from Windows 7 to 10, you will notice that 10 feels faster. The same feeling was had for the Windows 8 upgrade, so the upgrade from 8 to 10 will not likely make a difference in performance.
Its Free! Thats right, the upgrade to Windows 10 doesn't cost a thing if you are upgrading from 7 or 8. In-fact, you can use your Windows 7 or 8 license key to register a Windows 10 installation. One caveat to be aware of; Microsoft, initially announced this offer would only persist for one year of the release date. After which you would have to pay to upgrade.
The Upgrade Process Procrastination is the usual response when Windows upgrades come along. But mostly because it is a pain. In the past, the process required backing up all your data, making a DVD/CD with the new install, proceeding with the install, THEN re-installing all of your applications! Quite a headache, and thats not to mention the wasted day spent on the whole ordeal. Microsoft has finally got it together in this respect. The upgrade process for Windows 10 is greatly improved, and depending on internet and computer performance, the whole process might only take an hour; data, applications and all!
Third Party Applications may or may not run well on the new operating system. Overall, I have not seen much of a problem in this regard, but the concern is warranted. Generally, reputable vendors will announce that their application will run on the next operating system when they have certified is as so. For the applications that have not made the compatibility claim, the only way to know is to try.
Edge The New Web Browser. Microsofts Internet Explorer has had bad publicity for the past few years concerning security and usability, especially, when comparing it to Google Chrome and Firefox. So Microsoft has decided to rebrand and rebuilt it flagship browser. They are calling it Edge with a familiar but different e logo. The new browser is aesthetically appealing however is functionally still in the production phase of development. Microsoft still included this new product in Windows 10 and set it as your default web surfing tool. In short, the new browser has potential but is not ready for everyday use in a business environment. The good news is, Microsoft has not removed Internet Explorer from the Operating System Install. It is only slightly hidden. If you Type into the start menu search Internet Explorer, you will see the program you are used to, where you can then pin to the taskbar for later use. Otherwise, there is always Chrome or Firefox.
Learning or getting used to the new OS. For a large number of people, the trouble with upgrading is simply breaking old habits and making new ones. It's not fair of me, being a tech nerd, to suggest the change is easy; BUT, the change from Windows(any version) to Windows 8 really was weird and uncomfortable, however, the adjustments required for the Windows 10 upgrade feels minimal. In-fact, I should have moved this note into the whats good category!
FAQ from Microsoft http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/upgrade-to-windows-10-faq
Windows 10 Tips & Tricks (coming later...)
Jeremy Sonntag - NetCertPro