Windows 10 launched on July 29th and in 24 hours over 14 million computers were upgraded to it.

Everyone is yapping about the return of the Start Menu, but the most appealing part is Microsoft’s first FREE upgrade.  Yes it’s FREE for those who have a Windows 7 or 8 license.   Unfortunately, those who have Vista or earlier will have to purchase the boxed version of Windows 10 for about $120.  

Micah Mitchell, Technical Services Manager at Innovative Networks, says “Windows 10 looks promising, we shall see how things turn out over the next few months. Its nice to see that they were able to reduce the system overhead, which should help some things run a bit faster.”

At Innovative Networks, we're excited to see Microsoft's new direction with Windows. As we usually do with any new software, we'll spend some time using it ourselves, testing it, and verifying it's functionality before recommending it to customers. Most of our technical staff have already begun using Windows 10, and we hope to start rolling it out to customers after two to three months.

Windows 10 actually requires less computing power than previous versions, so it's likely that your computer will support it.  If you download the upgrade yourself, be prepared to wait more than an hour.  It's not a small download. 

Wil Capps, Computer Technician at Innovative Networks, says “Windows 10 appears to be quite stable. In my week of using it I've only noticed a few annoyances such as Windows Defender being a tad overzealous or Windows not detecting anti-virus software being installed,  This creates a notification every so often. Most of the complaints I have heard about the release can be easily fixed in the settings or at first startup, such as the controversial 'Wi-Fi Sense'. I have noticed a substantial improvement in Remote Desktop speed and stability, excellent compatibility with my hardware, and quick startup times. So far my complaints are few and far between and are easily outweighed by the beautiful interface, easy to navigate settings, high level of customization, and performance increases.”

How do I get Windows 10?

You may already have the link to download Windows 10 on your screen.  Look for a Windows icon at the bottom right hand bar on your screen.  Double check to make sure all Windows updates have been installed on your current Windows installation before attempting to download Windows 10.  If you don't have the upgrade notification on your system, you can download the app Get Windows 10 to see when your upgrade will be available.

What is Different?

The hot corners are gone.  No more hovering off the side to get your Start Menu.  The Start Menu has been minimized to the left corner.  The apps screen is smaller and attached at the lower left as well.  You can see it all at once so it’s easy to find the app you want without scrolling and clicking around.  Your desktop appears in the background so getting to your desktop is easy.

They also have a new assistant called Cortana.  It’s somewhat similar to Siri.  You can call out “Hey Cortana what is the weather like today?”  It’s used as an extension of your Start Menu when your hands are not available. 

There is a new browser called Edge but Internet Explorer is still available.  With Edge you can write all over your webpage, circle items, make notes, and even send a copy to a friend.

A new mailbox app called the Verge was created as well.  It has several more features than the old mailbox app.  It's not as robust as Outlook but much better than the old Windows mail.  It also supports Gmail accounts and Google Calendar.

Another great feature especially for gamers is the ability to stream Xbox One games via Wi-Fi through to your laptop.  Just plug in your controller and your set.

Windows 10 is getting great reviews and it appears to be a big improvement on previous Windows versions.

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