Windows 10 Is Coming! Will you jump? …

This much anticipated release will be coming sometime later in 2015 … do you plan on making the switch?

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I have mixed feelings on this and am not entirely convinced what I’ll do at this stage …

In the many years I’ve been in this industry I’ve noticed that Microsoft seems to have a super operating system out with wide adoption and people seem to love it … they will then release a brand new O/S that gets generally negative feedback … then they come out with another really good O/S, wide adoption happens again they then release another O/S that gets the negative feedback again!

I’ve seen this pattern repeated multiple times …

A Bit Of History …

Windows 95 came out back in 1995 and was followed in 1998 with Windows 98! Windows 98 matured as a product was very widely adopted with lots of patches and security updates published for it … people generally loved the product!

Then along comes Microsoft Windows ME (Millennium Edition) in September 2000 which was generally panned and criticized for performance and speed issues. PC World at the time dubbed it as “one of the worst operating system Microsoft had ever produced”

October 2001 saw the introduction of Windows XP which is still very much in use today and I think is a great operating system! In fact it’s nearly 14 yrs old and it’s still in use in nearly 20% of computers world wild as of December 2014 (link) … generally speaking this has been and incredible well received operating system from Microsoft …

November 2006 then saw the pendulum swing again to the dark side and along comes Windows Vista … again another operating that received much negative criticism (link) and many people made the decision to hold on to Windows XP and not make the move …

July 2009 the pendulum swings back to the “good side” and out comes Windows 7 and again people started adopting the latest operating system …

October 2012 saw the release of Windows 8 and October 2013 saw the release of Windows 8.1 and both of these were complete departures from the any of the traditionally laid out operating system and started using a series of tiles and such to try and amalgamate Desktop/Laptop/Tablet devices and Touch Computer and such and introduced quite a steep learning curve on the part of end users!

Summary

So … you see the pattern here???

Windows 95/98 (GOOD) … Windows ME (BAD) … Windows XP (GOOD) … Windows Vista (BAD) … Windows 7 (GOOD) … Windows 8/8.1 (LUKEWARM)

September 2014 saw Microsoft announce Windows 10 as the successor to Windows 8.1 and the early “hints” seem to indicate some pretty positive things including more of a return to the traditional “bottom left corner Start button” … “Traditional Interface” availability that people have grown to love and feel comfortable with over the years along with some other toys and goodies!

It’s still to early to tell if it will be a huge success … but I can’t help but refer to the pattern I outlined above. If Windows 10 follows the pattern we’ve seen repeated up to this point then all indicators would seem to point to it being a winner!

Add to that the fact that Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new and existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the 1st year and you could see quite a migration to Windows on both the personal and the business side!

I’d really love to hear your opinion …. if you have any questions, comments or concerns please leave a comment below or reach out using one of the methods on our CONTACT page and I’ll forward to hearing from you!