Get ready for Windows 10!

By Savannah Rainey

Microsoft may have lost some of it's footing in the tech world, but it is hoping to win some of that love back with Windows 10.  In order to help fuel support and excitement for the new version of Windows, Microsoft officials have announced that users will be able to make the upgrade for free for the first year that it is released.  However, BizTech Magazine points out that this free upgrade will only be available to consumers.  Enterprise users will still have to pay for licensing contracts to update their systems.  It is still unclear how much this will cost.

So, what does this mean for Windows users?  The problem with Windows 8 is that it put a huge emphasis on the mobile UI.  It was intended mostly for tablets, making it a bit awkward for use on desktops and laptops which caused many users to decline the upgrade.  The earlier Windows 7, however, falls on the opposite end of the spectrum.  According to Drew Shanahan, a practice architect with the Endpoint Optimization & Mobility Team at CDW, it “was made to accommodate the majority of laptops and desktops that businesses use.  They typically use a keyboard and a mouse to get around and be productive.”  This means that it was not geared toward mobile use and therefore does not work as well on phones and tablets.

Windows 10 aims to combine all the best aspects of both, making it flexible enough to accommodate both desktop/laptop use with keyboard and mouse input and mobile use with touchscreen input.  It will also include the Start Menu from Windows 7, which users greatly missed in Windows 8.

For businesses, this new version of Windows could be a great tool.  As Shanahan stated, “Windows 10 will also bring additional management functionality that is native in the OS.  Businesses will be able to manage all their devices the same from a single user interface and tool, further reducing their support and maintenance costs.”  He also added that “For developers, they will be able to write an application once and have it available to Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile (phone) and even Xbox users.”

There is no release date yet, but you can check out a preview, learn more about everything included with Windows 10, and register for the upgrade on the Microsoft website.

So, what do you think?  Will you be making the switch, or are you happy with your current operating system?  Let us know in the comments, and be sure to read the full article over at