Windows 10 was announced in the late of 2014, And boy was I excited to finally have it on my personal computer. Microsoft was doing a pretty good job marketing their product, showing off its most relevant features, some innovative, and some are just a step back to some familiar features from earlier versions of the well-known operating system. Yes, I am looking at you Start menu.
Later on Microsoft finally released a beta version Windows 10, available for free for the community, mainly for technical users. But what got everybody’s attention is their other announcement that it will be free as an upgrade from Windows 8 and even Windows 7 for the first 12 months of its official release. That was the day everybody got twice as excited about Windows 10 final release.
Microsoft has been making newer builds of Windows, and they have been accessible to beta testers. Microsoft was doing a pretty good job, not only refining it by making it more flexible, stable, and less buggy, but also they have been introducing more features -and still doing- in terms of both functionality and user interface / experience.
At the start of June, Microsoft finally announced the release date of Windows 10 to be July 29th, 2015.
Though Windows 10 still carries the same July 29th release date, not everyone have gotten their hands on it at the end of the month. According to Microsoft, the rollout of Windows 10 begins on its stated release date, though it might first be made available to those who have been helping Microsoft test the upcoming operating system as part of the Windows Insider program that began last October, 2014.
Those who were planning to make the jump to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7 and 8.1 have been asked to reserve their copy of the new OS, though it turns out that those reservations may not be filled on July 29th, with Microsoft’s executive vice president of Terry Myserson taking to a blog post to explain the plans for its rollout. He said: “Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th.”
This did not stop many Microsoft fans and geek individuals to go around this problem by downloading a tool from Microsoft website (Microsoft Update Tool). Which will then allow them to download and upgrade to Windows 10 without having to wait for the upgrade notification.
The reason behind everyone’s excitement about Windows 10 in the first place was mainly Microsoft’s marketing that was a killer at the time.
Microsoft were mainly promoting top features of the operating system which are:
- The start menu: After the big hassle of Windows users who have been complaining of the “Start Screen” of Windows 8 and 8.1 that users found it very unfamiliar from the concept of Windows in general, Microsoft finally brought the all familiar “Start Menu” that we have all known and loved. “The Start menu is back—and it’s more personal, more organized, and more fun than before.” they declared in their website.
- The Windows Store: The store is not something new to Windows as they announced it on Windows 8 featuring “Metro Apps” that were running full screen on Windows 8 and 8.1, even not so many people found use to them, especially traditional users, since they were targeting Tablets and Touch devices. However, the new Store doesn’t only feature
- Cortana: “your personal assistant, is right on your desktop.” The main point of Windows 10 that Microsoft focused on is personal computing. This new personal assistant that runs on voice commands from the user, not only does it get basic tasks done in few seconds such as setting up meetings or sending an email to a friend. But she can even find your files for you and tell you jokes and learn more about you while you’re using it.
- Microsoft Edge: this allegedly beast browser was doing a success when it first started as “Project Spartan” from Microsoft. “Microsoft Edge is the first browser that lets you take notes, write, doodle, and highlight directly on webpages” states the company. Not only that but Edge is knows to be the one of the fastest browsers on Windows ever (Don’t worry all you Google fans out there, Chrome is still on top).
- Windows Hello: the feature that lets you sign in in fraction of a second, unfortunately this does not work on any pc as it requires special hardware like a specific Intel webcam or a Finger Print Reader.
- Tablet mode: this feature is targeting people that have a Hybrid computer like Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga family and Microsoft Suface as you can switch between Tablet and Desktop mode to get a more powerful control on desktop and still have a nice touch friendly interface when using your device as a tablet, which basically means the best of both worlds
- Multitasking: This new OS from Microsoft is absolutely a beast in multitasking, fast search, the new snapping feature, alongside with multi desktop feature, gather to form a uniquely sweet experience while multitasking. And for Linux users, we know this is nothing new to you. But that still is a great decision from Microsoft to integrate new ideas to their software and help casual Windows users to make their life bit easier.
But hold on a second, an OS like that has to be too perfect to be true. Right? Well it’s not perfect, not just yet. Although Microsoft was pushing updates continuously for over 8 months to beta testers. The final build (the RTM) was never “bug-free” and while lot of beta testers were happy of the final build performance a lot of users that immigrated to it directly from Windows 8 or 7, were not as happy as they found some problems with drivers and updates and such. Here is a list of frequently found problems for RTM users:
- Drivers: while some people had no issues when upgrading to this new operating system, many more had some difficulties finding the right drivers for their machines.
- Updates: Microsoft wanted once again to take a risk by limiting the user (again) this time, by omitting the option to decide whether or not to enable the automatic update. And again depending on individuals that could be a pro or con, some people like to be up to date 24/7 while some have slow internet. You decide.
- Slow performance: this frustrating problem that is contradicting to the whole idea of Windows 10, was a such a bummer to many Windows users, and it was mainly because of the two previous bugs.
- Battery usage: because of the heavy usage of the processor due to the “great features” that Microsoft made available on Windows. Laptop users were suffering from the very fast draining of the battery that would last 2 hours instead of 4 and 3 instead of 8 and so on. Even though Windows 10 did have a battery saver feature, it didn’t seem to do any better than normal usage on Windows 10.
As Microsoft stated, Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. And the company will mainly provide continuous major updates of Windows 10 instead of releasing newer versions of Windows, and because of that, it’s certain that Microsoft developers will be doing a great job in optimizing the operating system, and making it more flexible, stable and less buggy, as they already did in Windows 10 version 1511 (Fall update) that is its most recent major update.
Overall, Windows 10 was a major event to Microsoft, they did their best to bring all what the users have been asking for, from coming back to familiar Windows features, to introducing new features to the users that seem to come very handy.
I personally will be using Windows 10 with its pros and cons hoping to see more of what Microsoft is hiding for us of surprises while enjoying what’s already there.