I haven't clicked the link yet to install Windows 10 for a free year trial, but I will in the next week or so. I keep thinking that some enormous holes in the new OS will appear and I'll be able to avoid them. But Microsoft has been testing and people having been using Windows 10 for months and it looks stable.
This is Microsoft's shot at a device-agnostic platform that could be reinvented whenever and however the company wanted on any given day. CEO Satya Nadella said, "It’s not just another release of Windows, it’s the beginning of a new era" and that is their intent.
A few thoughts about 10 so far.
- Windows 10 is delivered as a service and is automatically updated with new features and security updates
- Think of this operating system not as a new release but as the final release. 10 will just keep evolving. Not that someone won't have to keep track of versions. What version of Amazon.com are you using? Right. You don't know.
- Should we think of it more like Google Chrome which stopped back in 2010 from pushing updates every few months to releasing them every six weeks and fixes could be updated whenever they were ready.
- Microsoft wants 10 to be a universal operating system. One experience across PCs, tablets, phones and many other devices like Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, and their HoloLens. Microsoft says they are testing more than 2,000 devices for compatibility.
- Can Microsoft deliver big updates without affecting Windows’ daily performance? There will still need to be times when it will require Windows 10 to do an automatic restarts so that updates can take effect.
- Being that they can push updates and features to you, how often will those be things that you would NOT have chosen to download or update? Will you ever be able to reject a change?,
- What happens after a year if I don't like 10?
For some nostalgic chuckles and grimaces, check out this Windows 95 commercial.