Microsoft’s Windows 10 has been released on June 29 and 14 million computers and other devices have already received the free update, according to an official blog post.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Windows and the Devices Group, said the figures are only going higher and higher as Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 in more countries in the upcoming days and weeks.
Fourteen million is not overwhelming, but it’s definitely a sign of Microsoft’s abilities of rolling the upgrade as quickly as possible. Instead of launching Windows 10 to anyone who would want to try it, Microsoft chose a wiser phased approach: the first to get their hands on it are PC vendors and users who were interested in testing the beta versions of the operating system.
Until Microsoft can process all the requests for the upgraded operating system, the company has asked users to be patient, because they will roll it out in phases. In the blog post on Thursday, Mehdi reassured people the staff is doing their best 24/7 to make the upgrade reach as many users as possible, while the quality of the upgrade experience is a priority over anything else.
He also expressed his thanks for all the excitement and enthusiasm that surrounds the upgrade, as well as the patience users will show over the days and weeks. And he was right to mention the enthusiasm, because Windows 10 was highly anticipated, as it was marketed as a dramatic shift for Microsoft.
This is the first time the tech magnate is not charging its users for a platform upgrade; Windows 7 and Windows 8(.1) users will get a Windows 10 for free, with the option of reserving access to the new operating system from their devices.
Windows 10 was designed to address most of the complaints users had with Windows 8. The Start Menu has made a comeback, for example, improving accessibility to files and applications. The whole redesign was made to look similar to the older Windows versions, but it also added several new features.
One of the most anticipated services is Microsoft’s Cortana, the virtual personal assistant that can guide you in quick Web searching and offer assistance with the new operating system.
So far, reviews have been kind with Windows 10; Nate Ralph of CNET was pleased with it, describing it as a “vastly improved vision for the future of computing” that works perfectly on both tablets and traditional PCs.
He also mentioned that Cortana may be unimpressive for PC users, as the virtual assistant works better on smartphones, for which it was designed. But you have an entire year to request an update before Windows 10 ceases to be free of charge, so there’s no rush in deciding what’s best for your computing experience.
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