With Windows 10 release date drawing closer on July 29th, we have a look at the top reasons you might want to get this immediately or just let the early adopters iron out any bugs while you are safely in your Windows 7 or 8.1 machine. Note that the July 29th release date is only for Windows Insiders, people who are already beta testing Windows 10. Everyone else has to wait for Microsoft to make it available to them via the Windows 10 reservation system. So when the option is available for you to upgrade to Windows 10, do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Get it now!
Why wait? Windows 10 looks awesome at the very least, and most importantly the start menu retains the usefulness of Windows 7 while adding the metro look of Windows 8. Cortana is another good reason to get Windows 10, the personal digital assistant built by Microsoft which has been quickly catching ground with Siri and Google Now. The definite plus here is that while Siri and Google Now are mostly mobile platforms, Cortana looks set to dominate the PC since it is already built in and if it doesn’t contain major problems, we most likely won’t see a repeat of Internet Explorer.
Speaking of which, special mention goes to the Microsoft Edge browser. Microsoft has finally decided to put Internet Explorer out of its misery and this rebranding could potentially remove the stigma of using Window’s default browser. The new browser manages to beat Chrome and Firefox in some benchmark tests and it seems that redesigning the browser from scratch does help a lot. This improvement itself might be enough to get many people upgrading as soon as possible
Desktop or tablet? When Microsoft designed Windows 8, they were trying to use one interface for touch input and the traditional mouse and keyboard. There is no one-size-fit-all story here so we knew how Windows 8 turned out to be a disaster for a lot of users. Well Continuum has you covered. The interface will be changed when Windows 10 detected if you are using your Windows machine with a mouse and keyboard or you are using it as a tablet. This will be great for convertible devices like Microsoft’s Surface and Lenovo’s Yoga.
So, with the ability to convert between desktop and tablet, the next logical step is to make any desktop application run on tablet and vice versa, which Microsoft has totally done with the appearance of Universal Apps. Now, your application running on desktop will also run on mobile or tablet.
Worried about bugs? Microsoft has the Windows Insider program to let anyone to test run Windows 10 before it was launched. Feedback was collected from these users to improve the operating system and to fine tune the new features. The larger user base also will stress the operating system more, thus allowing more bugs to be discovered and to be squashed. We expect Windows 10 to be free of any serious issue out of the box.
More importantly, upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 8 and Windows 7 is free. You don’t have to pay a single cent and that is the biggest reason why so many people are considering to upgrade at the first place. It is hard to recommend people to pay a few hundred bucks to stop using what they are familiar with. But when it is free, things are not the same, right?
Shall we play the waiting game?
Every time a new operating system (OS) is released by Microsoft, the general public waits till most bugs and problems are ironed out. Of all the reasons why you should wait till the Windows 10 release becomes more stable. the main reason will always be software incompatibility. What use is a shiny new OS if it can’t run your favourite applications? The good news is, Microsoft have ensured that any program which is able to run on Windows 7 or 8 can run on Windows 10 simply because it is built the same way. To further ease the issue, Microsoft have continued the “Compatibility Mode” option so you can run applications in Windows 7 or 8 compatibility mode. This might not be a big issue as compared to previous transitions so if you are not running anything critical, you’ll be fine. However, if you are running XP because something doesn’t work on Windows 7 or 8, don’t expect it to magically work for Windows 10. Given that Microsoft stopped supporting XP a long time ago, it might be better to look for an alternative to whatever dinosaur program that is running.
Programs and applications aren’t the only things that go haywire in operating system upgrades. Drivers too are very problematic with manufacturers more often than not late to the new OS party. Drivers are programs that allows communication between the operating system of the computer and the hardware. Your mouse, your printer, your graphic card and other devices need their specific drivers to work. However, since Windows 10 is built the same way as Windows 7 and 8, we expect very little driver problems but people with hardware who are coming from Windows XP might not be so lucky.
Given that the Windows 10 upgrade is free for a year, this might be the single most solid reason to wait it out. No unnecessary risks of early adoption at no extra cost. People who do not like to take any risks will certainly wait till the last minute where Windows 10 will definitely be stable enough for everyday use which brings us to our next point.
The Windows 10 upgrade will be distributed digitally, which means servers will most likely be busy at the start of the program and at the end of the 1 year. With a large likelihood that everyone will wait till the last minute to rush for the upgrade, there might be a possibility of missing out on the upgrade altogether. Maybe Microsoft will extend the 1-year deadline for those who has already booked or reserved their copy, but that is entirely up to Microsoft’s goodwill.
The Windows 10 upgrade certainly looks promising, with less complaints from users on its design and a better marketing strategy. In most cases, I feel it would be best to wait it out in the initial months as trying to download from a busy server can be very frustrating. You might also want the early adopters to try the new software first. Anyway, there is also a big possibility that you might not be able to download it on the 29th unless you are already involved with the Windows Insider program since Microsoft plans to roll out Windows 10 by making it available to different people at different times. If you have made the reservation, the Get Windows 10 app will inform you when your device is ready for upgrade. So just connect your PC to the Internet and stay patient!