Windows 10 is Microsoft’s new operating system and it’s due to roll out on 29 July. This new version of Windows has a new user interface, a new browser (Microsoft Edge) and Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, Cortana. Oh! And the Start menu is back.
Microsoft has announced that it will let users upgrade to Windows 10 for free. But what does this mean for businesses? Most home users that have a valid version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 should, by now, have been notified to reserve their copy of Windows 10.
Anyone that wishes to upgrade needs to opt in within a year. After this time Microsoft will charge for the upgrade. Computers
that are joined to a domain should not get notified about the update. But this does not mean that you are not entitled to the free upgrade.
Businesses that have a valid Software Assurance (SA) contract and are running Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 8 Enterprise are licensed for the free upgrade anyway. Businesses that don’t have a valid SA contract but have computers with any Pro version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 are entitled to the free upgrade.
As with all new versions of Windows I recommend that users don’t update straight away but wait a couple of months for bugs to be resolved, drivers for devices to be updated and software to be certified to work with Windows 10.