Microsoft finally revealed this morning that the hotly anticipated Windows 10 operating system will be available worldwide from July 29 2015.
Customers running Windows 7 or 8.1 can upgrade to the new system for free from the end of July, across 190 countries. Users have one year to take advantage of the free upgrade, and once upgraded to Windows 10 Microsoft will continue to update it throughout the lifetime of the device.
Existing Windows users will have noticed a new icon on their desktops this morning allowing them to register to reserve their upgrade to Windows 10.
Of course this is exciting news for us and for many of our clients but we would like to take this opportunity to remind everybody that although this announcement date is great for home users, for businesses (who always run slightly behind the consumer market) we need to approach an upgrade of this size more strategically.
Our advice for SMEs is to reserve your upgrade now but do not download it on the day of release. Compatibility checks should be carried out to ensure the new operating system will work with your existing software, for example Sage, used in many businesses. Feel free to give us a call and one of our expert team can talk you through how this might impact your business and we can look at putting a plan in place to ensure a smooth transition.
Two of our team are attending the Windows 10 Preview conference next week for Microsoft Partners, we will have more information then and we will publish a step by step guide of the do’s and don’t for upgrading to the new system.
Keeping up with the new approach and ‘culture of cool’ Microsoft have adopted recently they took to Twitter this morning to announce the news in a very cool and understated tweet.
Windows 10 has been designed to run across the broadest device family ever, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones – as well as the Xbox games console and HoloLens, Microsoft’s new wireless holographic headset.
Microsoft has said that this will be the last-ever version of the Windows operating system in its known form, with future upgrades being rolled out the same way Apple provide updates of OS X for Mac.
We look forward to releasing more information as and when we receive it.
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