With Windows 10 releasing, and Microsoft giving it away for free*, many of you are asking “Should I upgrade to Windows 10?” The short answer is “YES! Well, probably.”
I’ll tell you why I like it first and then explain the reason I qualify the statement. Windows 10 is a really great product so far. With its new OS, Microsoft has re-invented their deployment process and is offering a product that will allow them to respond to the market and innovate faster. This is a great thing, and something that many users have been requesting for years. I didn’t get into using the Windows store on my PC with Windows 8 because I didn’t like the full-screen restrictions, but with Windows 10 and desktop mode, everything is much more flexible. Also, the new start menu is fantastic and things that both users and support staff need is quickly accessible.
All in all, Windows 10 is a great product and I will be upgrading my devices as soon as I can. That being said, there are reasons that you may not want to run out and upgrade.
The reason I qualify my praise is because many business users may have software that isn’t ready for Windows 10. What I recommend is that your IT staff install Windows 10 on a test computer and evaluate it to make sure it will work with your environment. Then before your migration, take a backup image of your PCs so you can quickly roll back if there is an issue. This is a best practice for any major upgrade, and it should ensure a headache free migration.
Windows 10 is available on July 29, 2015.
*Windows 10 is a free upgrade for users with a licensed copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 – Details
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Update 7/28/15: Check out the official Windows 10 launch page – Launch Page