…And What You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know
The full, non-preview version of Windows 10 releases at the end of the month. For Microsoft, this is a huge deal and a change to the way that they have done things in the past. Gone are the days of buying the disk for your new operating system (OS) and putting aside a weekend or Saturday morning to upgrade your home system. Gone will be the days of IT administrators prepping OS releases for their organizations. Windows 10 is changing the operating system model for good and changing the home and business landscape at the same time.
The Windows 10 OS has been in beta for over a year now. During that time, the Windows Insider program has sourced over three million pieces of individual feedback and this has greatly influenced the changes that have happened from one build to the next. This level of interaction with the end users is unprecedented and it shows Microsoft’s commitment to their customers and this product.
How to Get Windows 10
The Windows 10 operating system will be available as a free upgrade to all users running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later. There are stipulations to this as far as for whom it is free and for whom it is not. Windows 10 will come in the following versions: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise. All Enterprise versions are done via Volume Licensing and having Microsoft Software Assurance.
Please be aware of what version of Windows you are currently running — it will impact what you get. If you are a business running Windows Pro versions, you are entitled to the free upgrade as well. If you are running Windows Enterprise versions, it is not a free upgrade unless you have Software Assurance. For more on licensing Windows 10, see Seth’s blog.
For those of you who installed a preview build with your Microsoft account, you will get the Windows 10 upgrade for free from preview build to new version. This is a huge shift for Microsoft. In the past, going to the full version from a preview version required a complete OS rebuild.
Unified Experience Across Devices, From Now On
Within the Windows 10 move, Microsoft has been working on a few different things. The first is complete OS integration within all Microsoft products. Windows 10 will be running on all desktops, tablets, Surfaces, Xbox Ones, and smartphones.
This is going to allow full integration for end users across devices. The Windows 10 OS will be the last version of Windows that comes as a “new” version you can purchase. All updates to the Windows OS from this point forward will be pushed via Windows updates.
Come back next week and find out which new Windows 10 features I think you’ll love.