It’s been the question on everyone’s mind since it was first announced
“when will Windows 10 be released?”
and now we finally have a confirmed official date for the next version of Windows.
Microsoft have announced that its new OS will be available to download on July 29th, a date that many had speculated that It would be released. It will also be possible to reserve yourself a copy of the OS so that it will be automatically installed when available. If you are using Windows 8.1 like me then you should be able to see a new Windows logo on your task bar next to the notification flag, if not then restart your PC and it should be there after the reboot. Once you see it you may then click on it and go through a short process to reserve your copy. If you’re using Windows 7 it should be in the same region on your task bar.
It should be noted however that Microsoft was not 100% honest about the release of Windows 10. You see they announced that it would be a free upgrade for everyone, no matter if their OS was genuine or otherwise, but this is not the whole truth. It will be possible to upgrade to Windows 10 from a none genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8, but the copy of Windows 10 will not be genuine and thus your PC’s OS will not be stable or secure. With other versions of Windows this may not have been a big issue, but with Windows 10’s push for a more connected operating system with joint accounts and security in mind this would be a no no. So if you do not have a genuine copy of Windows you might want to avoid this upgrade.
Now that we have been given this new form of information. I kind of get the feeling that Microsoft has missed out on an opportunity to insure that more people will make the shift, use their new OS and thus have new potential customers for the future. Yes there are a few that will make the switch, but with a majority of Windows PCs out there running on none genuine Windows I doubt they would take the initial plunge, and its just a shame that Microsoft is not trying to find a better way to make them loyal customers.
if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts on this topic, then I suggest you listen to the Buttonsmashers podcast.