On July 29th, 2015, Microsoft globally launched its newest operating system, Windows 10. Windows 10 was released free to all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, and costed $99 otherwise. With a whopping 14 million downloads on opening day, questions have to be raised about the pros and cons of the first OS Microsoft has offered for free.
Being a new operating system with a revamped start menu, your very own personal assistant, Cortana, Windows 10 is bound to have some errors and flaws as Microsoft works out the kinks with upcoming updates. In Windows 8, a version of the start menu upset users into remaining with Windows 7. Windows 10 revamps the start menu into a simple, elegant tool that some would say is much better than ever before. Then there is the automated assistant Cortana. Cortana learns about the user through their searches and responds to voice commands much like Apple’s “Siri.” Elwin Law says, ” The simplicity of the operating system in terms of how easy it is to access anything in a matter of seconds.”
With all that being said, Windows 10 is a highly capable operating system that in the end makes life easier. It comes jampacked with features like a newly revamped start menu, Cortana, a fresh app store, and an elegant user interface. However with the privacy issues, and small bugs users may choose to stay with their older operating systems until further notice. Windows 10 has great potential and can only get better with future development.