Upgrading to Windows 10—and 5 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Wait

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Microsoft debuts Windows 10: Why it’s being given away free.

Over the past few months, there has been a lot of hype surrounding Windows 10, in part because Microsoft is offering free Windows 10 upgrades to those running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1.SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, in what the company hopes will be a pivotal moment in its bid regain its sway in a world where the PC is no longer king.Twenty years ago the launch of a new version of Windows merited midnight store openings and a seven-figure payment to use a Rolling Stones song in ads celebrating the new Start menu. In March, reports suggested the offer would extend to pirates, though when we followed up with Microsoft, it turned out the Windows licenses would stay non-genuine and would be unsupported.

The first people to get the new software Wednesday included about 5 million “insiders,” or tech enthusiasts who previously enrolled in an early preview program. It is unifying the platform across devices and provides one unifying experience, and also giving app developers a common foundation across different categories of devices. Samer Abu Ltaif, general manager of Microsoft Gulf, told Gulf News that Windows 10 is fast and familiar — with the return of the ‘Start Menu’ and ‘Live Tiles’ for instant, streaming updates of what matters most. Over on these two Reddit threads in the subreddit Piracy, both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are reporting they have managed to successfully upgrade their pirated copy of Microsoft’s operating system to the latest and greatest. New features like voice-enabled personal assistant Cortana will not be available in the region for some time, but Abu Ltaif said: “We want Cortana to get smarter and learn more languages.

It isn’t Windows 8, which was released in 2012 and created widespread puzzlement by submerging the traditional desktop interface beneath big, bright “tiles” and getting rid of the familiar, popular start menu. That puzzlement soon turned to anger, forcing the ejection of the man who had led Windows 8’s development, Steve Sinofsky, and the introduction of Windows 8.1, which, while it didn’t bring the Start menu, did at least let you start off in desktop mode. It has new features, a streamlined Web browser called Edge and a desktop version of Cortana, the online assistant that is Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Apple’s Siri.

Despite the lack of flourish and giant ads, a lot still rides on the success of Windows 10 for Microsoft and its chief executive of 17 months, Satya Nadella . They can use every feature, run Windows Update without any issue, and overall get the full Windows 10 experience for free just like any Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user.

Along with the Office productivity suite and software for web servers, it is still one of the three main sources of revenue and income for the company. To support this statement, he quoted a study conducted by Spiceworks, a professional network for the information technology industry based in Texas, that has surveyed 500 IT enterprises in North America and EMEA, 40 per cent said that they will upgrade to Windows 10 when available commercially this year, 70 per cent of those said that they will be on Windows 10 by 2017. The computing and internet world once revolved around the PC; now it’s the mobile, where Microsoft’s efforts have only garnered about 80 million users of its Windows Phone software, almost all on cheap handsets. With PC sales running at about 300m per year, that’s not quite as ambitious as it initially sounds, but making it free to consumers – businesses and PC makers still have to pay – will help.

It’s not clear how many people will get it the first day; Microsoft says it will deliver downloads in waves, to ensure things go smoothly, but it hasn’t said how long that will take. Benedict Evans of the venture capital company Andreessen Horowitz noted in a blog post: “The apps that people want on smartphones are not being written for desktop Windows anyway. The inroads made by Google and Apple have crept into Microsoft’s business and the company is facing intense pressure and in turn finding new ways to make profit. The smartphone is the sun and everything else orbits it.” Windows 10 will continue to be updated gradually; Microsoft says it’s the last “big hit” release, and that future upgrades will be piecemeal, pushed over the internet.

Continuum, which will scale the interface up or down – you can plug a Windows tablet into a keyboard and it will behave like a desktop PC; unplug it, and it’s all big swipe-y tiles again. Microsoft is betting that a large pool of users will help convince independent programmers that it’s worth their time to build useful or entertaining apps for Windows 10 devices. Microsoft makes money from selling advertising for its Bing search engine; it also collects fees from people who use premium versions of its Office software, OneDrive cloud storage and Skype. But Microsoft plans to phase out maintenance and security support for Windows 7 over the next five years, and for Windows 8 by 2023, as it did with the older Windows XP.

A: The growth in mobile devices has caused PC sales to decline for more than three years, hurting manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard and companies like Microsoft and Intel, whose products are used with PCs. At the same time, PC makers are hoping it helps boost interest in their products, since some Windows 10 features are designed to work best with the latest hardware advances.

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