Written by Jack Kemp, Support Engineer, Riverbank IT Management

Microsoft’s latest release is Windows 10, the newest evolution of Windows. The idea behind the new Windows operating system is that they have chosen the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8, which customers liked and pulled them together into a new fresh operating system.

For many users of Windows 8 you will be glad to hear the Start Menu is back and better than ever, with customisable live tiles and increased functionality, you can view your applications and view new live content with ease. Another one of the key features of Windows 10 is Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant. Cortana has been around for some time on mobile devices and has finally made her way to the desktop. With Cortana you can search for anything on your PC, ask for the weather forecast and even receive a joke, ultimately you can ask her anything!

Internet Explorer is long dead in Windows 10 and has been replaced by Microsoft Edge, Edge has a fresh and streamlined look for Windows’ default web browser. Microsoft claims it is faster, easier to use and has more features. Only time will tell if you are willing to give up other browsers such as Google Chrome and Firefox for Edge.

In a new approach from Microsoft, Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for existing computers running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. This is great news if you are running either of these operating systems, as you be able to upgrade completely FREE, but keep in mind that the free upgrade offer is only available for the first year. Furthermore, you may consider not rushing into upgrading: some of the software may be incompatible with the operating system. Potentially there could also be bugs in the full release.

As a rule I would suggest that you leave the upgrade for a month or two until all incompatibility issues and bugs have been updated or resolved.