Users of either Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems were treated to a surprise this week. Upon turning on the computer on Tuesday, a little Windows icon showed up in the bottom right corner of their computer screens, right next to the clock. This icon led to a link where users could reserve a completely FREE upgrade to Windows 10, the newest incarnation of the Windows operating system. And, who doesn’t like free things?
There are many benefits to upgrading to Windows 10. Here are just three of them!
The Return of the Start Menu
Windows 8 is like an artist who was ahead of his time. People couldn’t stand the hybrid tablet and desktop interface that Windows 8 had, and millions mourned the loss of the beloved Start Menu. Microsoft designed Windows 8 under the assumption that users were transitioning from traditional desktops and laptops to tablets and touch-screen computers which is why the operating system boasted a tiled tablet-like menu as well as a standard desktop view. While some have thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility of Windows 8 which enabled them to switch from tablet mode to desktop (especially for those who purchased a Windows Surface), most were simply unimpressed.
Maybe years down the road, Windows 8 will get the recognition it deserves. But as of right now, Windows 10 is taking the cake on this one! Windows 10 features the return of the Start Menu button, in its rightful home at the bottom left of the screen. This start menu does maintain some of the design aesthetics of Windows 8 as it will show programs in a list from the Start Menu as well as through tiles (ideal for those using a tablet or touch screen). For those looking for a true Windows 7 experience on Windows 10, they can unpin the tiles from the Start Menu and simply boot applications from a list.
No More Internet Explorer
Many in the tech industry have referred to Internet Explorer as “Internet Exploder.” The browser was in its prime in the early 2000s as there were fewer internet browser options to choose from. However when Mozilla’s Firefox entered the arena with its open-source backing, enhanced security features, and customizable options; it quickly began to steal market share from IE. Google Chrome has also taken over, thanks to its integration with Google Apps and its ability to run applications from right within the browser. To combat increased competition, Windows 10 has a brand new browser called Microsoft Edge which boasts new capabilities including the ability to write or type notes directly on web pages, easily share articles with others, and even save entire web pages to read at a later time.
Did we mention it’s free? Users running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 which is slated to be released on July 29, 2015. Users will have until July 2016 to upgrade for free (though some running Windows 7 may not have a system powerful enough for Windows 10 – best to check via the Windows 10 compatibility tool).