July 29th 2015 saw Microsoft release their new Windows 10 operating system to users. Systems that are running a legitimate version of Windows 7 or 8.1 and have compatible hardware, would have received a ‘free upgrade’ notice on their desktops. Many users elected to reserve Windows 10 and have subsequently been guided through the installation.
If you haven’t yet clicked to get it and are planning to, be aware though that Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade for one year only (starting 29th July 2015). Following this, Microsoft will request you purchase a license in order to upgrade through the traditional route (approx. £80-90+ for the home/standard version, which most users will want).
Early impressions of Windows 10 are positive, but it will take time for issues to surface and for many software vendors to update fully to the new OS. We recommend holding off for a short period until various updates (and no doubt a service pack) are released, which will likely address any performance and security bugs identified in the early-uptake stage. There are new features, but nothing that 90% of users will actually use or be interested in, so there’s no rush to upgrade. Also, Windows 7 and 8.1 will both be supported for a long time yet.