In case you haven’t heard, PCs with Windows 7 or Windows 8-8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE! This free upgrade launched in July of this year, and it has many critics buzzing. Plain and simple, some like it some don’t. But how should you know if you should or shouldn’t upgrade?
First, let’s look at what the upgrade entails. If you are a current Windows 7 or 8 user, you are eligible for the upgrade until July 29, 2016. Any upgrades performed after this date will require full payment of the retail price. We have had a few customers calling us asking us recommendations on whether or not they should upgrade, and if the new Windows 10 is likable, feasible, and practical. Before deciding whether or not you should upgrade, keep in mind that your operating system can be rolled back to the previous version if you don’t like the Windows 10 upgrade.
While some have raved about it, others have been quite vocal on their opinions of distaste for Windows 10. It’s sort of an acquired taste, and there are many reasons why. Let’s look at some pros and cons relating to the Windows 10 Upgrade.
- The virtual assistant software, Cortana. She’s been updated to have capability on PCs with Windows 10 with abilities to control third party apps (like Spotify), to launch programs, to create calendar events, and to search the internet.
- The Windows 10 Notification Center. Microsoft named it the “Action Center”—a log of notifications stored away, rather than flashing up on your desktop. It provides a quick and easy shortcut to your notifications.
- Built-in multiple desktops. Windows 10 comes with built-in virtual desktops. This is greatly beneficial when trying to juggle two tasks at once.
- Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is a Microsoft-created browser that’s fast, efficient, and doesn’t fret about compatibility.
- Privacy concerns. In order to “assist” you, Cortana needs access to your email and calendar. This leaves personal information open, and possibly makes it easier for hackers/scammers to access your data.
- No Media Center and DVD Player. This is sort of a ploy from Microsoft to coerce you into using an Xbox for these features. But it isn’t readily available with Windows 10, as it was in previous versions.
- Forced updates. Patching updates are applied according to Microsoft’s schedule on all Windows 10 machines, whether you like it or not.
Ultimately, the choice to upgrade to Windows 10 (or not) is entirely up to you—do you appreciate the innovative version of Windows and suffer through the flaws, or do you stick to what you know to be safe? But if you want to upgrade, we suggest you sign up to upgrade sooner rather than later, as the months are counting down for the deadline to upgrade.