Windows 10 – a new Operating System (OS) from Microsoft.
If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1, your OS may have installed a small icon on your taskbar as part of a Windows update process. This offers a “Free Upgrade to Windows 10” and if you click the icon it will ask for your email address to register your interest and reserve your upgrade ready for the official launch date of July 29th 2015. Microsoft may also have emailed you about this.
The following is taken directly from the Microsoft website:
“….We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices. An experience optimized for each device type, but familiar to all. Windows 10 will power an incredibly broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub…”
As usual there will be a myriad of different flavours:
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Mobile
- Windows 10 Pro (fessional). The Professional version is more aimed at the business market
- Windows 10 Enterprise – advanced Pro
- Windows 10 Education – aimed at schools, staff, administrators, teachers and students
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise – business customers with smartphones and small tablets
For the first time ever, Microsoft are offering the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro as a free and easy (their words) upgrade for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.
What you have now will determine what you get upon upgrade.
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At 121 IT Services we are currently trialling Windows 10 across a range of hardware, software applications and peripheral devices. Once we are in a position to give our best advice we will contact customers to recommend a way forward.
For the time being you may ignore the icon enticing you to click.