Over the years, Windows has had its share of ups and downs. So it’s no surprise that people are eager to see its latest incarnation. And if you’re a current Windows user, you may have noticed an intriguing ‘reserve your upgrade’ icon that’s appeared in your system tray. The question is… to click or not to click?

If you do, Windows 10 will download and install as soon as it launches on 29th July.

The operating system is available on new computers or as a free download for people who already have Windows 7 or 8. After the disappointing performance of Windows 8 – and the criticism it received for the removal of the start button – Microsoft has now restored the button and removed the full-screen start menu.

Terry Myserson, Microsoft’s VP of Operating System, summed up the changes: “We designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things.”

Clearly, the hope is that Windows 10 will win over the public with its ability to run on a variety of platforms, giving users a seamless experience as they swap between fixed and mobile computers and use different software and Cloud services. The new OS has been tested with over 4 million people, so we’re hoping for an operating system that’s more user-friendly and not so reliant as Windows 8 on touchscreen functionality.

Cortana, Microsoft’s much-hyped personal digital assistant, is one of the star attractions. It enables you to interact in a more ‘human’ way, talking or typing simple phrases to do things like book meetings, find information and set reminders. It remains to be seen how useful this will be to businesses, and if PA’s need to start looking for another job!

Another new feature will be Edge, Microsoft’s new web browser that will replace the ageing Internet Explorer. They tell us it’s faster, more streamlined and more personal than Internet Explorer. One of the small but interesting additions is the ability to write ‘notes’ on a web page, which you will see in future every time you access it.

All this sounds very exciting, and I’ve already reserved my free download on my personal laptop. However, Riverbank does not advise rolling out the Windows 10 update to your business – at least, not right away. When it comes to your IT network, it’s important to proceed with caution. There will inevitably be a period of bug fixes and updated drivers – and until these arrive, you risk problems like a printer not being recognised or, worse still, a critical application not working. So it’s best to delay installing the new update until the last of the wrinkles have been ironed out.

If you are a Riverbank client and would like to install Windows 10 at the earliest opportunity, please speak to your account manager. We’ll be happy to make the transition as smooth as possible