Should You Get Windows 10?
Microsoft is coming out with a new version of Windows, called Windows 10. The last time Microsoft came out with a completely new version, Windows 8, it caused a lot of grief. They completely changed the way Windows looked and how to interact with it.
If you had never used a computer before, that probably wouldn’t have mattered. In fact, it may have even been easier for you to use. However, for people that have been using Windows for a few years, Windows 8 was a disaster. Microsoft quickly responded with Windows 8.1, which was a welcome relief.
Now there’s Windows 10. Don’t be scared, it’s really pretty good. It’s what Windows 8 and 8.1 should have been. Some of the new features include Cortana, a digital personal assistant that helps you control Windows by word commands. She’s not as advanced as the Star Trek computer, but she will be helpful for people with reduced vision.
Update: Windows 10 does have some problems running some hardware, like video and sound cards. They need to upgrade the drivers. It’s coming. Maybe give it 6 months before switching.
Windows 10 is also very app-oriented. Kind of like a smartphone, where there is the Google Play store or the iTunes store, Windows 10 builds on the Windows Store introduced in version 8. These apps are supposed to be compatible with Windows 10 and the newest Windows smartphones. That’s a big plus if you want your computer and smartphone to work really well together. Windows 10 was made to run on everything – desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones.
There are downsides to Windows 10. Such is life. The Windows Media Player is going away. Still, there are plenty of apps from other companies that are better replacements, like iTunes or VLC.
Windows 10 is also going to run better on newer hardware. If your computer is a few years old, then it could potentially slow everything to molasses speed.
Let’s answer the question. Should you get Windows 10? It is a free upgrade for most people.
If you’re getting a brand new computer that comes with Windows 10, don’t fear it. Sure, there’s a little bit of learning to be done but you’ll come to love it. Eventually you are going to have to upgrade, so why not when you change your computer?
If you’re happy with whatever version of Windows you have and your computer is a few years old, then no. There’s no really good reason to upset the apple cart, so to speak.
For more details on Windows 10, visit www.microsoft.com/windows
First Published: The Guysborough Journal, Vol . 21, No. 26, July 1, 2015