Windows 10 is less than a month away from its debut, it will be a huge moment for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), as other products like Windows Mobile and the Xbox One will get it. The company is also waiting to get different results after the poor reception of Windows 8.
This time it will be different from past releases. Windows 10 will be the start of “Windows as a Service,” as explained by VP Terry Myerson six months ago:
“Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost. With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time.
We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.”
Businesses will be getting different releases from the others based on “Long Term Servicing Branch” and a “Current Branch for Business,” but regular users will get updates as soon as possible, based on the feedback they get from the Windows Insider preview programme. The company is actually using its customers to test business releases. “By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market.”
On July 29, the day of the release, millions of users with Windows 7 and 8 will receive an upgrade to Windows 10, having reserved it from the notification that was delivered through a Windows update earlier this month. But will people like it? That right there is the million dollar question. The company will have to see what happens when the users meet the new interface and how their PCs respond to this upgrade.
PC experts believe users should wait for the first Service Pack before upgrading to the latest operating system and try to get clean installations instead of these upgrades, which the company is no longer following after notifying its users that there is a new upgrade available.
Like I mentioned above, the company will also have to look into how the PCs respond when the upgrade drops. Common issues might appear, like apps not running when clicked or the Start menu not appearing but it shouldn’t cause too much noise if everything goes well.
One of the things users are excited for is the Edge browser, which is a huge improvement over Internet Explorer 11 but still has some issues with websites not loading correctly. The new addition will frustrate some at the time of its release but it won’t be long before it is completely fixed.
One thing different about the release was the RTM, which stands for Release to Manufacturing. It’s when the build is made available for testing, but not released to the public. The RMT will be short and won’t give the people testing enough time to fix issues before it is released to the public.
Windows 10 is scheduled to be released July 29, are you going to upgrade or wait?