Windows 10 is still too many questions remain unanswered
Whether we like it or not, but Windows 10 is going to become an indisputable fact, but in the world of personal computers, each new version of the ubiquitous Microsoft operating systems invariably turns into a serious event. Despite claims that the market share of traditional PCs continuously melts, they are still exclusively occupy the Central place in work and home entertainment most of us. And where there is PC, often there are Windows so it is not surprising that the impending «ten» caused turmoil even before its debut on the market.
Less than a month ago, Microsoft raised the curtain on its new operating system at a special press conference, which we of course covered in detail. But along with the abundance of information this conference has left us with several unanswered questions, many of which are too important and connected with the ultimate success or failure of the next Windows.
What we don’t know yet about Windows 10?
On 21 January Microsoft told about the impressive integration of voice search (Cortana), the new browser (Spartan) and the exciting potential of the new DirectX 12. In addition, we were pleasantly surprised to hear about the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to the new Windows 10.
Unknown, however, remain facts, no less intriguing than those that have already been confirmed. For example, how much it will cost Windows 10 after the first free year? This is a question that Satya Nadella gave a vague answer «Yet to be determined». However, this issue is not unimportant for users of older versions of Windows (XP and Vista), and there are still a lot. For them, the possibility of a free upgrade is not on the agenda, and if they want to upgrade to Windows 10, they will be charged the cost of the operating system. It is now officially the latest version of the operating system – Windows 8.1, is offered for $ 120 at the official online store of Microsoft, and we can safely assume that the new Windows 10 will cost about the same.
In the Internet appeared rumors that the company is inclined to try and model a yearly subscription, similar to that used in Office 365, but Microsoft has not confirmed nor denied this information. However, the software giant stated that owners of Windows 7 and 8 if they are updated within the first 12 months after the release of Windows 10 will not be charged no fee.
Many were quick to Express concern that this free version of Windows 10 will not include all the possible features of the new OS, i.e. with the reduced functionality. Such a theory is unlikely, as this practice undermines the whole idea of a free promotional period, whose purpose is to motivate more people to upgrade to Windows 10.
No less interesting are the rumors about the period of official support, Microsoft announced. According to the company, it will cover «the entire life cycle of the device, running Windows 10». It’s a somewhat vague definition, but probably talking about the period of 10 years – the current practice. It should be noted that this period consists of all the updates during the first five years, and only critical updates affecting security system over the next five years.
Of particular importance to many users is the answer to the question of the need to buy a new computer or hardware components, to use Windows 10. Judging by the currently available preview version and system requirements new operating system is not much different from those in the two previous versions: processor with a clock frequency of 1 GHz, 1 or 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of disk space. Ie Windows 10 will probably work fine on the systems released in the last 5 years.
Updated: Yes / No?
This is probably the most important issue for all Windows users. On the one hand, the answer seems obvious – especially for owners of version 7 and 8. In the end, if someone offers to replace your old Opel new Mercedes, what a normal sane person refuse?
The new Windows 10 has a number of advantages compared to the predecessors: more intuitive and perfect self-diagnostic system, the new «start menu», the options for voice search, improved touch support, DirectX 12, Spartan and many other attractive novelties, some of which probably we will only see in the final version.
Of course, Windows 10 will inherit some of the most hated features for many users version 8 – for example, modern interface and apps for it. But let’s not forget the fact that Windows 10 guarantees more long-term support, active life Windows 7 is already coming to an end in January of this year the operating system only receives critical security updates and fixes significant problems. Of course, Windows 8 is more pertinent here, but not as much as Windows will be 10 at the time of its commercial debut.
However, there is one not so rosy aspect. Objectively speaking, most of the new things in Windows 10 – it is well forgotten old. In other words, with this version Microsoft have likely eliminated most of the mistakes made with Windows 8 and went back to the well known roots of Windows 7, which to this day remains the most popular version of Windows. So if you use «seven» and satisfied with its capabilities, it makes little sense to upgrade your computer just to make it a little more modern.
In addition, we should not lose sight of one of the not too hidden agenda of Microsoft, associated with the possibility of a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 – more tightly linked with Windows the software ecosystem. With the unification of Windows and its transformation into platform-independent operating system, Microsoft hopes to attract users of rival in the face of iOS and Android. For many people, however, a free upgrade to Windows 10 unlikely to be strong enough motivator to replace a smartphone or tablet with an alternative operating system on a Windows device.
Free upgrade to what extent, will be playing the role of the mass beta testing the new Windows 10. Of course, this is a common problem for all the impatient, constituting the first wave of users of a new product or software and they are more or less aware of this unpleasant situation.
Finally, still the question remains with the users operating system versions, who do not fall under free upgrade. They will probably be more reasonable to postpone the acquisition of new operating system, at least until then, until it is clear that Windows 10 has reached the final (read: stable) version.