You all know I am a true Microsoft fan (disclosure: I am also a #MicrosoftBlogger and receive certain perks as such, opinions are always my own) and so I am so excited about the new Windows 10 operating system. One of the best things about it…
WINDOWS 10 IS FREE!
Yep, you heard that right, Windows 10 is free! If you have a device with Windows 7 or Windows 8 on it then you can upgrade to Windows 10 for $0. Here is the chart of which version of Windows 10 you will get with your upgrade. If you have an older device running XP or Vista you will have to pay for the upgrade but your computer may also not be robust enough for this newest operating system.
The upgrades are rolling out systematically. Check here how to get on the Windows 10 free upgrade reserve list. You need to make sure you have all the current Windows updates on your computer also so when your upgrade is ready your computer will be ready for it. If you are seeing a little Windows icon (see image below) on your system tray just click on that and follow the instructions. If you want to force the upgrade you can do that as well but I only recommend that for the geeky folks out there.
Cortana Comes With Windows 10
I have talked about Cortana before, she is the Windows virtual assistant (similar, but better than, Siri and Ask Google) and she is included in Windows 10. You can talk to her just like you can on your Windows Phone. When I say “hey Cortana” while at my computer she starts listening and can launch applications, search the internet and my computer, remind me to do things, and even tell me a joke.
The Start Menu Returns
To be honest, I actually didn’t miss the traditional start menu in Windows 8 but many people did. Microsoft listened and the start menu has returned. I love that it is a bit of a mix though of the classic start menu and the tiles from Windows 8.1. You can see in the screenshot of my computer below that it will have your most used items and common things like File Explorer, Settings, and Power listed clearly on the left. On the right is where you will find those tiles and you can still add, remove, and re-order those tiles just like you did in Windows 8.
Microsoft Edge is the new Browser
Along with the operating system upgrade the browser gets an upgrade as well. Previously Internet Explorer, the browser is now called Microsoft Edge. I have been using this as my default for a few days now and it is far more compatible with websites than Internet Explorer was. One of the cool features is the ability to “write” on the web in Edge. You can literally make notes on a website you are on by writing with a pen or highlighter, add a typed note and clip those notes and they are automatically saved to OneNote for you. I’ve only tinkered with this a tiny bit but from what I have explored it is a super handy-dandy tool.
All of your Microsoft devices can now run Windows 10 – your desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone. This means no matter what device you use you will always understand and recognize the same operating system and format. The Windows Store is now also all incorporated for all your device for apps.
Upgrade Your World
Microsoft is a global company and is committed to upgrading our entire world. Right now they have nine global nonprofits they are committed to helping and they want your help in selecting the 10th organization. The winner, based on votes, will receive $500,000 and Microsoft technology and services. Visit Microsoft.com/UpgradeYourWorld to learn how to nominate a nonprofit. Also, in September they will be looking to you to share local nonprofits making a difference in your area.
There is so much more to Windows 10. I encourage all of you to take a look around and see what’s new and #UpgradeYourWorld to the new Windows 10 from Microsoft.
Any questions? I’m happy to try and help![signoff]
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