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Windows 10: 5 Reasons It Matters, 5 Key Concerns

The Windows 10 rollout has officially begun. Here are five reasons we're excited about the OS, and a few concerns for its future.
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After months of development and testing, several preview builds, and global anticipation, Windows 10 has finally arrived.

Microsoft today officially began rolling out its Windows 10 operating system. If you've reserved your upgrade, it won't be long until you can use the new OS.

We've been watching the development of Windows 10 since Microsoft shared the strategy and new features behind the operating system during a media event in January. We've read the developers' blog posts, downloaded the preview builds, and watched the OS take shape.

Microsoft has a lot to prove in Windows 10. Its predecessor, Windows 8, was a disaster among enterprises and consumers alike. In an effort to build an operating system users would appreciate, the company decided to let customers in on the development process.

[ About that cloud. Read: Windows 10: Microsoft Attempts SaaS.]

The Windows Insider program has enabled users to download preview builds of Windows 10, explore its updates and features, and share their opinions with Microsoft. OS developers took feedback into consideration and altered different aspects of Windows 10 according to customer demands.

Microsoft's final product is a system that blends old and new versions of Windows in an effort to accommodate a modern audience. More than 5 million Insiders have contributed to the system that launched today.

[ What about Windows 9? Read 10 "Real" Reasons Microsoft Skipped Windows 9. ]

Windows 10 is reminiscent of the past but makes room for the future. Its desktop brings back the Start menu, which users can customize with preferred apps then use to navigate new features like the Microsoft Edge browser.

The Insider crew is ensuring the compatibility of Windows 10 before Microsoft begins its broader rollout. While you wait for your upgrade notification, take a look at the reasons Windows 10 matters and some concerns we have about its future.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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rmawn352
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rmawn352,
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8/4/2015 | 6:53:11 PM
Lenovo X1 Carbon
I got all excited after I updated my desktop. Now on to the laptop.  Not so excited anymore. Laptop is kaput.  Waiting for Lenovo to replace the machine. 
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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7/31/2015 | 8:02:29 AM
Re: recommend
A good number of PCs inside companies with Volume Licenses still come pre-loaded with Windows so there isn't much that should be different in those cases.  I haven't heard anything from my Microsoft reps on this but have had no trouble upgrading a handful of test boxes so I don't think that Microsoft is making the rules different in this case.  As long as you already have Win 7 or 8 installed they want you on Win 10.
mak63
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mak63,
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7/30/2015 | 11:27:19 PM
Re: recommend
I don't believe people on Volume Licensing will be getting Windows 10 as home users will. I don't even think they will be getting the free upgrade either. Kelly might know that better though.
MichaelM027
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MichaelM027,
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7/30/2015 | 12:30:17 PM
Windows what
Problem with Windows 8 - Metro/Modern didn't work for old folks at home or younger people at work who weren't using tablets - too much like Apple to those of us who HATE Apple - last gift from Steve "I'll tell you what you want and you'll like it" Balmer. Problem with Windows 10- wasn't one until Microsoft started telling us 10 will be the last Windows. Not a smart move because I don't to buy the last of anything.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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7/30/2015 | 8:14:15 AM
Re: recommend
I've installed on a few machines already, the UI improvements are enough that I would tell Win 7 users to jump over 8 and go to 10 now.  Anyone who was using Win 8 will adapt quickly so the upgrade there will be very smooth for them.   I'm seeing now on home PCs that the update is automatically downloading and inviting users to upgrade.  That's a pretty bold move on Microsoft's part and luckily either they aren't pushing that on volume licensed PCs or the domain registration is preventing that little feature.  I think a lot of IT groups would lose their minds if that happened inside their corporate network. 
mak63
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mak63,
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7/29/2015 | 10:19:14 PM
recommend
The July 29 rollout will be limited to Windows Insiders

I'd like to point out that Build 10240 is the RTM. I've been playing around with this Build for a few days now. As the author says: "a work in progress". Nonetheless, I will recommend Windows 10 to pretty much everyone with Win 7 or 8,
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asksqn,
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7/29/2015 | 6:03:39 PM
When Windows Grows Up It Wants to Be Linux
The continual overhyping of Win10 greatly amuses me since MS heavily borrowed from Linux for its "new & improved" features.  For years, Linux users have enjoyed the "innovations"  MS now touts for Win10. 
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7/29/2015 | 12:21:29 PM
Analytics Platform
What is an "analytics platform"?
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SaneIT,
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7/29/2015 | 8:22:14 AM
Win8 vs Win10
"Nobody – not consumers, businesses, or developers – liked Windows 8. "

Well not at first, it was a very big step going from Windows 7 to 8 but 8.1 eased a lot of that frustration.  The problem is people want new things but they have limits on what you can change.  Microsoft pushed the Modern UI too hard and nearly died on that hill.  I think another of the article's points comes in to play here the PC market is shrinking.  People are carrying computers with them everywhere they go, there is a different expectation and software companies have to keep that in mind. 
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