Windows 10 Upgrade
Windows 10 Upgrade Microsoft is scheduled to launch the latest Windows operating system, Windows 10, July 29th. However, it is rumored that not all versions of the operating system will be released on this date. Presumably, it will be released for desktops and laptops first, then phones, Xbox One, etc. There are a lot of rumors floating around regarding Windows 10 – the release, the cost, the features, future updates, enhancements, and just about everything else surrounding the new OS. For the purpose of this brief article, we’ll stick with the easy stuff.
In a unique move, Microsoft will be offering a free upgrade to existing “genuine” Windows 7 and Windows 8.x devices. Since nothing is ever free from Microsoft, this is causing a lot of confusion. The short version of the story is the upgrade is truly free – as long as you are currently running a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.x. In addition, Microsoft has committed to keeping the upgraded OS current (patches and updates) for the supported lifetime of the device at no additional charge.
However, Microsoft isn’t in business to give stuff away for free. Many sources are stating there will be additional features and functionality that will require purchases. In addition, there has already been an outcry about the mind blowing amount of data Microsoft will be able to collect on Windows 10 users. Exactly how Microsoft will get their money remains to be seen but I’m sure it’s worked into their system someplace.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?
KLH is not currently advising any of our clients to download or reserve the free Windows 10 Upgrade. There are too many unanswered questions and variables that need to be addressed before we feel it will be safe to deploy. However, if you must, you can reserve your free upgrade by clicking on the Windows icon in the lower right system tray. You can also sign up on Microsoft’s Q & A page at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-faq.
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