Upgrading in the last chance saloon

We are now in the final days before the Windows 10 upgrade offer closes and in all likelihood, Microsoft asks us to pay for it again. It’s been a year since Windows 10 was released and our general feel is that it’s a keeper.

Most people will regard Windows 10 as a replacement for Windows 7, though of course there has been Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 in between. As so often seems to happen with Microsoft Operating System releases, a good one is followed by a bad one – Windows 98 to ME, Windows XP to Vista. Windows 7 was a good one and Windows 8 was not. Windows 8.1, which seems to have arrived hurriedly is not bad, but Windows 10 is the next good one.

I still meet people who dislike Windows 10, but hating an OS is a pointless exercise. Most of the time this is down to a lack of time spent with or knowledge of, the OS in question. Sometimes it’s from a general dislike of change. Using technology and disliking change is never going to work.

Microsoft want us to use Windows 10 – they have quite a lot riding on standardising their OS offering across desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. To encourage this take-up, they gave us the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (for the first year). This offer expires on the 29th July and if you don’t run any older applications then I suggest you take the upgrade. If you do so and really ‘hate’ it, then you have 30 days to revert to Windows 7.