Launched on July 29th, Windows 10 has been downloaded over 15 million times. From a flexible and open operating system, increased cyber security measures and new applications—Windows 10 is receiving high praise. After the launch, Microsoft has continued to update features that were removed from both Windows 8 and Windows 7. Furthermore, the free upgrade to Windows 10 is highly welcome and as such, Windows 10 has had positive reception.
One of the reasons why millions of people are upgrading to Windows 10 is because it’s free, at least for the larger majority. For current subscribers of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, users receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the first year. Furthermore, it’s a wonderful deal considering Windows 10 itself is expensive; Windows 10 Pro goes for $199 while Windows 10 Home is about $119. This free upgrade will also have a huge impact on the IT industry, allowing many users to gain access to Windows 10 who otherwise couldn’t.
Support that lasts longer
Apart from the free upgrade, Windows 10 also comes with better support in contrast with both Windows 7 and Windows 8, including extended support and mainstream support. It would appear that cyber security best practices were kept in mind during the it’s inception; in contrast with Windows 7, Windows 10 has an additional five years and two years more than Windows 8. Windows 10 mainstream support ends by October 13, 2020, while the extended support ends on October 14, 2025.
Universal apps and tested flexibility
New updates to the system include an operating system to run virtually across all devices, whether it’s smartphones, tablets, hybrids, laptops or desktops. This also comes with the fact that all the Windows Store apps are universal and capable of running on virtually any device the user might be using; meaning those with a smartphone version of Angry Birds can run it on any device.
The continuum feature by Microsoft gives the user the chance to connect a tablet or phone onto a keyboard/monitor and continue using it just like a personal computer. Apart from running on any device, Windows 10 has an interface capable of adapting on the device’s environment; be it a keyboard, mouse interaction, touch, PC, tablet or phone.
Gaming on Windows 10
Serious gamers are also heralding a Windows 10 upgrade as a must. This is because the upgrade has brought DirectX 12, which is vital for any dedicated gamer. DX12 brings about 40 percent increased performances in contrast to DX11 and since both Windows 7 and Windows 8 will never have the benefit of running DX12, an upgrade to Windows 10 is very important.
Windows 10 upgrade will also allow users to carry out an Xbox One game streaming. Xbox One controllers are Windows 10 compatible and users can start playing their choice game on their laptop or desktop in a few minutes. At the same time, streaming Xbox One is not just responsive but very fast. Furthermore, this feature will not be coming to users of Windows 8 or Windows 7.
All and all, Windows 10 has been praised by users as its flexible operating system, faster processing and new apps will increase the user’s experience.