The year is 2015. Marty McFly will visit us from 1985, the world will see the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and Microsoft will unveil, yet another, version of Windows. That's right! Windows 10 is almost here. Microsoft has learned a lot since releasing Windows 8 (So much so that they decided to skip Windows 9) and they are ready to get back into the good graces of all those in the PC World.

Many Windows users are already getting alerts on their computers about the Windows 10 release on July 29th. As what some would call an apology, Microsoft has graciously offered a FREE upgrade to Windows 10 (for the first year). That means Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users get a free upgrade to the world's newest Windows. Should you upgrade? Well the following are some things you should know about Windows 10 that may assist your decision.

NEW Edge Browser

Thats right. Internet Explorer (IE) is no more. Microsoft finally ditched its flagship web browser. Edge is Microsoft's newest and greatest browser that will definitely be an improvement over its predecessor. Inherently more secure than IE, Edge offers its users a sandbox environment in which to browse the web. This means that viruses will have a more difficult time infecting your machine since web pages will not be able to access any core system files. This is definitely one for the win column!

There are also some nice little features such as the ability to add notes to a webpage on the fly and send them to friends or colleagues.

The Start Menu is (sort of) Back!

For those who got stuck with Windows 8 and are sorely missing Windows' most iconic system navigation feature and those who got burned by Microsofts return of the Start Button but not the menu in Windows 8.1, it is time to rejoice! The Microsoft Team has finally put the Start Menu back where it belongs (In the lower left hand corner of your screen).

Windows 10 Start Menu

At first glance, everything may look a little different. Microsoft insisted on keeping its Live Tiles from Windows 8's Metro screen, so they decided to mix it up and combine both worlds. If the Live Tiles aren't doing it for you, don't worry! The Start Menu can be customized and you can rid yourself of the tiles.

Everything else looks very similar to the Windows 7 Start Menu and users should have little difficulty in navigating their way around to access their favorite programs and files.

Cortana....

Yeah.... Cortana.... Those who are big fans of the Halo series of video games should get this reference. Cortana is Microsoft's version of Siri. It is your personal assistant for all things Windows. Cortana can keep track of your schedule, remind you of upcoming meetings, get you a weather forecast and more! As time goes on, Cortana will learn more and become more capable, so it's probably best not to hope for too much from this feature at the get-go.

Summary

So without going too much further into the world of Windows 10, the above should give a good idea of what to expect. Overall, the system is reliable and more secure than previous versions of windows. Good system performance is also packed in there as well. In a lot of ways, it is the perfect marriage of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft may finally have gotten it right. Should you upgrade? Well, the choice is yours. First thing's first, you should at least make sure your computer hits the minimum system requirements which are:

Windows 10 System requirements

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, here’s what it takes.

  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024x600

For more information about Windows 10, feel free to check out Microsoft's official webpage here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features

As always, if you have any questions about Windows 10 or whether or not you should upgrade, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email and we'd be happy to help!

-Team AmaTech


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