Have Microsoft Windows finally turned the corner? Windows 10

For those of you with a Window’s PC or laptop, you may have tuned in to Microsoft’s recent announcement of their new operating system, Windows 10. In fact, for those with an Apple or other operating system, you might have also been tempted to have a look too.
Ever since the days of Windows XP, Microsoft have been criticised for releasing a string of flawed operating systems, whether that be their edition of Vista, flawed with problems such as privacy and security. Their extremely slow and sluggish Windows 7 or the current windows 8, which following consumer backlash, they were forced to re-add the standard window’s button back in through their recent update 8.1.
Microsoft have now skipped a sequential Windows 9 to announce its latest offering, Windows 10.
The first thing to note is that typically Microsoft have always charged for updates and new releases however with Windows 10, they are providing it for free to users of Windows 7 or 8 who upgrade within the first year of release. This is a major step in trying to regain the fightback of increased popularity towards its competitor Apple who have been offering free upgrades for a few years now or Google Chrome who’s updates are free forever.
Windows 10 will also work across all platforms, from PCs and laptops, through to mobile phones, tablets and even their gaming system Xbox. This is a master plan by Microsoft as not only will it mean all devices will work in sync with one another, it means that again, just like apple, you feel like you want to own another Windows device due to how much easier it is to work with just one user interface (UI) rather than try and get several different ones to work together in harmony.
Its also worth noting that another parting shot has been sent by Microsoft here as their gaming competitor Sony recently released a piece of hardware for its playstation users (Playstation TV) which plugs into their PS4 and allows users to use the Playstation on another TV within the users house, meaning no need to worry if their PS4 is plugged into the main TV and someone is watching the latest Z listers within the Big Brother house, as they can venture upstairs or another room where a TV is located and play it on there. This currently retails for £79 however Microsoft says that due to Xbox having Windows 10, a user will be able to play on their xbox through their laptop or PC… for free!
Microsoft have very much gone back to basics with their latest offering, still retaining their touchscreen interface, all apps will now open within the desktop screen, in a window which can be minimised or maximised accordingly. Personally this is a welcome for me, as having briefly used Windows 8 (I’m a Mac user by the way) I couldn’t get to grips with the whole, Windows 8 format of things looking completely different than Windows versions of old.
Windows 10 Desktop
Finally Windows have very much focused on incorporating their own personal assistant, Cortana which is claimed has the ability to learn about the user and suggest things unlike a typical personal assistant of its competitors such as Apple’s Siri.
Release date is expected to be in late 2015 but I for one feel excited that the “Windows of old” may be back however given their previous offerings, I’m still a little sceptic. Hopefully I will be impressed and feel like I might even consider switching back should they be successful.
What about you, do you still use Windows? Have you moved to a different Operating System and how do you find them in comparison? What are you looking forward to with their release? Let me know in the comments section below….
Jim (@daddytechno)


  1. Jim Flowers 2 February, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    The PI 2 has just been announced today which will also be carrying a Windows 10 variation

  2. Pop Stephens 6 February, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Thanks for the info, Jim. I am just as apprehensive as you, considering the Windows track record. I use 7,and I guess I don’t find it “sluggish” as you mentioned. Though, I got 7 as an upgrade to my decade-old XP system.

    Can you tell me if the murmurs I heard were correct? I hear that 7 is going the way of XP, i.e. no support, once 10 debuts. Have you any word on this?


  3. Jim Flowers 6 February, 2015 / 1:46 pm

    Hi Pop,

    Thanks for your comment, personally I could live with Windows 7 as this was pre “tiles”, I personally think Windows tried to bring out a mobile operating system on PCs but it kinda failed for me.

    In terms of Windows 7, Microsoft have just recently ended their “mainstream support” of Windows 7 last month. This means that moving forward, no new features will be added to windows 7 in the form of updates. Microsoft will still continue to provide security updates, this was the case for XP for nearly 4 years before making the decision to stop supporting completely so there’s no real rush just yet.

    Having said that, with Microsoft offering those with Windows 7 and 8 free upgrades to 10 (if you perform the update within the first year of 10 being released), it may mean that Microsoft might look to end support for Windows 7 earlier than the length of time they took with XP. This does obviously depend on the success of Windows 10 though.


  4. Ashley Beolens 6 February, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I quite liked windows 7 but really cannot get the hang of 8 seems much harder to locate the program’s you want.

    Really pressed 10 will be free to upgrade to from 7 & 8 as can then have pc and laptop running the same system.

  5. Jason 13 February, 2015 / 5:52 am

    I think that windows 10 won’t be the revolutionary product that Microsoft wants it to be.
    To be honest, I hate the idea of having identical OS on computer as on my phone. I think, so long as they integrate well together, a desktop OS and a phone/tablet OS can be different.
    Thats why I’m such an apple fan(boy). The phone works seamlessly with my macbook, which syncs brilliantly with my Airport Backup. Plus, I HATE touch OS’ on non touch devices. Part of the reason why I downgraded my wife’s non touch laptop to Windows 7. Too many features that she didn’t/couldn’t use.

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