August 16, 2017

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ends on July 29, 2016

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQdqko6BgXcGkrfPToyXIsXNfOo6S7tZ_c1YA82QvDruC9ORUtaSince Windows 10 launched in July 2015, Microsoft had indicated that current customers with Windows 7 or Windows 8 would be allowed to upgrade for free for a limited time.  Microsoft has now announced that the end of the free upgrade period will be the one year anniversary of the operating system, July 29, 2016.

After July 29, the cost to upgrade will be $119 for Win 10 Home and $199 for Win 10 Pro.

There is no requirement to upgrade.  Windows 7 will continue to be supported until January 2020.  However, now is the time to consider if upgrading your computers is right, while it is still free.  The recommendations from tech professionals are mixed.  InfoWorld published the 10 reasons you shouldn’t upgrade.  ComputerWorld published the 10 reasons to embrace Windows 10.  In other words, there is no one right answer.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. If you are using Windows 8, upgrade to Windows 10. With Win 10 Microsoft kept the good parts of Windows 8 and brought back the missing features (start button) they took away from Win 7.  The look and feel is mostly the same with improvements.
  2. If you are using a laptop and have any concerns about data security, upgrade to Win 10 Pro. Win 10 Pro comes with BitLocker Drive Encryption.  This means that if your laptop drive is encrypted and it is lost or stolen, someone cannot simply pull the hard-drive and copy your files.
  3. If you are using Microsoft cloud services, such as OneDrive and Office 365, seriously consider upgrading. Windows 10 has significantly more integration to cloud services with easier access.

The key thing, that we should be doing together, is to have a discussion with your Onsite Logic technicians.  If you are at all considering this for your computers, let’s discuss backup prior to the upgrade and let’s begin with a non-critical machine to ensure compatibility with your other software, printers and scanners.  A little bit of up-front planning is the key to a successful implementation and with the clock now ticking, it is important to begin this planning ASAP.