Following last year’s release of the much-anticipated Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft promised users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that they could upgrade to the new Windows for free! However, this offer was only available during the first year of release and is due to expire this year, on 29th July 2016. This highlights some important questions and we have the answers.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10? The simple answer is yes, and we have already given some good reasons in an earlier blog entry.
Having used the new operating system for 7 months, we are happy with the results. To be honest, we weren’t fans of Windows 8 and had advised clients on Windows 7 not to rush into an upgrade. Windows 7 was a very good client operating system; it worked well with software packages and was robust and easy to use. Windows 8 had a very different look and was designed primarily with touchscreen devices in mind. This didn’t translate well to devices without this functionality and the new interface was confusing to those used to how Windows was before. Some of the Windows 8 issues were addressed with the release of 8.1 but we found that many customers were still confused by the mix of desktop and tiled views. Windows 10 is much more user friendly and has some great new features.
So why should I upgrade from Windows 7 when it has been working so well? The answer here is something we addressed previously regarding Microsoft support. Although Windows 7 will continue to receive security fixes, mainstream support for Windows 7 finished over a year ago! This means there are no further enhancements or non-security fixes being issued. This is a great reason to upgrade to Windows 10 as Microsoft has said that this release includes lifetime support.
Microsoft’s releases of Windows 7 to Windows 10 have arrived in quick succession. Wouldn’t it be wise to stick with what is working and upgrade in the future? Well, Microsoft has changed the way it releases operating systems. They have said that Windows 10 will be the last full release and in future, users will just be able to upgrade to any new enhancements for free. This could be the most compelling reason to be using Windows 10 right now. Upgrade now and you may never need to again. Any future enhancements will just be downloaded and can be set to be installed automatically.
Lifetime support of an operating system is great, but we all know that hardware will become outdated. What happens when I buy a new computer, laptop or tablet? Will I be able to transfer my Windows 10 upgrade from one device to another? Microsoft will support Windows 10 for life with free software updates. However, this will be for the lifetime of the device on which it was installed and will not be transferable. If you bought Windows 10 software separately, this is a different matter and is not device specific (so long as the old device is not still in use). If you bought Windows 7 or 8.1 separately, you could transfer this to another device, but the upgrade to Windows 10 will no longer be in place after the expiration date of 29th July.
So the message from us is to upgrade to Windows 10 now. It is free until 29th July but time is running out.
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