Microsoft is releasing the latest version of its Windows software, called Windows 10, on July 29th. And, what’s more, they are giving it away for free!
If you currently have Windows 7 or Windows 8, then you will notice that there’s a small Windows 10 icon near to your PC’s clock – clicking on it allows you to register for your free upgrade (some conditions may apply, and it may not be free in every circumstance).
When July 29th 2015 comes, assuming you have registered, you will receive an email telling you that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
So, should you upgrade?
At the moment, we’re advising businesses to sit tight. As a Microsoft Partner, we’ve tested the new system on a few different devices, and we love it – but we’ve still not had the opportunity to test the actual upgrade process ourselves (we’ve not upgraded anything from Windows 7/Windows 8 up to Windows 10 yet – at least, not using the method that Microsoft will use on the 29th July).
For our medium/large customers (who have a local Server in their office), we’ve been able to control whether the Windows 10 Upgrade icon will appear – and we’re working on turning this off for the time being. But, for our smaller customers, who don’t have their own server, you will already have the Windows 10 icon.
You will have a year to claim your free upgrade to Windows 10 – so there’s no penalty in not being the first to upgrade. But, we need to make sure we understand how to support Windows 10 first, and help our clients to upgrade in a controlled manner (with proper testing of business-critical applications beforehand). In some circumstances, you may wish to stay on Windows 7 for a bit longer.
Microsoft will be releasing, shortly after Windows 10, a new version of Office (Office 2016). That will have updated versions of Outlook/Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc. But, that will be a paid-for upgrade, and we don’t have a release date for that software yet. We will keep you posted when we have more information.
In the meantime, we will post more information to our website about the changes that you can expect from using Windows 10 (for example, Internet Explorer has been replaced with Windows Edge).
Watch this space – there’s quite a few changes on their way!
Thank you, the projectfive team.