Windows is one of the most commonly used operating systems, so the release of a new version is always a major event. When it launched Windows 10 back last year on the 29th July it was set to be bigger than most because of the way it was delivered.
Existing users of newer versions of Windows (7, 8 or 8.2) had noticed that a new icon had appeared in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. When the mouse cursor is hovered over it, the text ‘get Windows 10’ was shown.
Microsoft wanted to get as many people as possible to upgrade to the latest version. So for the first time, the company had offered a major Windows release as a free upgrade. For the first year of its life, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users could get Windows 10 for nothing.
Can I still Upgrade to Windows 10?
Windows 10 doesn’t seem too different at first from the previous version, but there were some big changes. The most evident is that the Start menu made a comeback. A lot of users missed this feature when it was dropped from Windows 8. The new Start menu is a mixture of the menu seen in earlier systems such as Windows 7 and XP and Windows 8’s tiled Start screen look. There are improved search capabilities, and users are able to resize and customise the menu to their needs.
Windows 10 has a new internet browser called Microsoft Edge. This is built to make reading and researching online simpler. So for web designers in Taunton like somersetwebservices it made creating an easy to navigate mobile responsive site all the more important, especially with the latest rank brain algo that came out a few months ago.
The Cortana voice-controlled personal assistant, already familiar to Windows Phone users, will be in Windows 10 too. Apps will be included for things such as photos, music and maps. Some features of older versions will disappear, though – Windows Media Center, for example.
Windows 10 is compatible with touchscreen and tablet devices as well as conventional PCs, so it will suit a wide range of systems. There are links to Xbox and it allows for the streaming of games from Xbox One to PC.
Getting Windows 10
Of course, software testing services will have had early versions of Windows 10 for some time. For the rest of us, users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 with the latest updates may already have seen the Windows 10 icon.
Once you’ve updated, it will be download in the background. You’ll be notified when this is done so you can install it at your leisure. If you’re thinking of buying a new computer, there’s no need to hold on all new Windows systems bought will be eligible for the free upgrade.