To update or not to update - that is the question and here is the answer
Microsoft has been rolling out operating systems since its First OS DOS up to its current version Windows 10, which was released one year back on July 29. Microsoft has been offering Windows 10 upgrade for free to all licensed Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. So, if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 you are probably getting ‘Upgrade to Windows 10 now! Offer expires on July 29’ popup from your Windows update centre. That brings to mind some questions like:
We will try to answer all these questions one by one and to best of our knowledge.
Windows 10 is SaaS (software as a service) and continuously updated from cloud and free for life of the device on which it is installed. SaaS means there will be no Service packs of Windows 10 or any Windows 11 for that matter but Microsoft will keep upgrading Windows 10 on regular basis.
There will most probably be 2 major updates to Windows 10. These updates or Milestone versions will get most PCs onto the same code bus. There have been 2 major updates to Windows 10, the launch version and the Windows 10 Fall update, aka version 1511, which was released in November.
A new update to Windows 10 a.k.a Redstone, which Microsoft is calling the Anniversary update, is scheduled to be released for August 2 and is being beta tested currently.
So what’s new in the Anniversary update?
As usual the Anniversary Update includes lots of bug-fixes plus improvement to Windows Hello’s biometric authentication, Windows Ink for the wider use of styluses, also you can access ‘Cortana,’ Microsoft’s personal assistant without unlocking your PC, extension support in the Edge browser, Linux command-line integration (a Ubuntu-based Bash shell running on a “Linux Subsystem for Windows”), and features for Android users as well as Apple iPod users.
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex a Directx 12 compatible game is available for free. Forza is popular on the Xbox consoles. Also, the new Play Anywhere games brought for Xbox will make Xbox games playable on Windows 10 PCs, and vice versa. That means you can play the game on a console as well as a PC, which is going to be a huge boost for Gaming industry.
One another useful feature is Active hours which you can set via the Windows Update page in Update & Security. Windows 10 will not attempt to install updates and restart during the times you set as Active Hours.
Of course, there ARE people who don’t want a more secure, more powerful, more usable operating system with a voice-controlled AI assistant and thousands of new apps, even if it’s free! But Windows 10 is improving at a rapid pace, and it’s worth keeping the option open.
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