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Microsoft Windows 10 – What You Need to Know

Updated on June 10, 2015

Windows 10 is due to be released in mid-summer of 2015, here’s what you need to know.

If you haven’t already heard, Microsoft plans to unleash Windows 10 on the public in late June of 2015. If this is news to you, you should probably check out the EmpowerTEK article, Say Hello to Windows 10.

The new operating system includes several key features consumers will need to know if they have plans on buying a new PC after the launch. So, go ahead, grab pencil and paper and let’s get to it.

Windows 7 and Windows 8 Support Will End Sooner Than You Think

If you’re still working with a computer running Windows 7, because you are one of the smart ones who refused to upgrade to Windows 8, official Microsoft user support for Win 7 already ended in January, 2015. You can, and should, finally let go of Windows 7, because after the launch of Windows 10, you’ll not have to endure the pain that was Windows 8.

Microsoft has not yet announced when support for Windows 8 will end, but if you look at how fast they axed support for its predecessor, I would imagine we only have about another year after the launch of Windows 10 before support for Windows 8 will be axed as well.

I’m guessing Microsoft’s goal is to push people into the future of technology, so as to have us not hang on to older technology, as we did with our beloved Windows XP – I think some people may still be clinging to that one…

The Free Upgrade to Windows 10 is Only Temporary

If this is a new one for you, get excited! Microsoft plans to offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to 7 and 8 users. However, you need to know that the free offer is only extended for one year. If you don’t get around to upgrading to Windows 10 within the year of its launch, you will have to pay for the upgrade.

So, should you upgrade as soon as it’s launched? I say, absolutely not. Just as with any new piece of technology, you should probably wait a couple of months or so just to make sure all of the kinks have been worked out. Let the overzealous guys deal with the bugs.

What Happened to Windows 9?

No, you didn’t miss it, there was no Windows 9. Microsoft has not officially announced why the new version wasn’t named consecutively, but in the scheme of things…does it really make a difference? Don’t get hung up on the name, because it just doesn’t matter.

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How to Plan Ahead

More than likely, your hardware will be fine, so unless you absolutely need to, I wouldn’t plan on purchasing a new computer just to accommodate the release of Windows 10 – an upgrade will probably be fine.

Obviously, if you have a computer that is running an older version of Windows, say Vista or XP, you need to purchase a new computer anyway, so the best thing to do would be to hold on to what you have until Windows 10 is released in July of 2015.

Studies show that most people only use about 10 to 20% of software’s capability. After the launch, there will be plenty of free and paid video training opportunities from online tech skills training sites like Lynda.com, EmpowerTEK.org and Udemy.com – take advantage of as much training as you can so you will be fully prepared.

Windows 10 marks the first big release from Microsoft under its new CEO, Satya Nadella, and Nadella has been making positive changes to the company’s culture.

I have had the opportunity to check out the beta version of Windows 10, and although there are still some kinks to be ironed out, I would say the upgrade will definitely be worth the effort.

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the info.

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