Windows 10 was released July 29, 2015 in hope to repair the issues Windows 8/8.1 created. The main problem being the user interface. You may be asking yourself "What happen to Windows 9?". As many of you know, Windows 8 was a complete disaster. People hated the OS so much that they would uninstall the OS and install Windows 7 on the PC. Windows 7 was the 2nd most successful operating system next to XP. Due to the bad publicity that Windows 8 had received, Microsoft was afraid that "Windows 9" would be referred as another Windows 8. What most people do not know is the fact that Windows 8 (v6.2) was an incremental update to Windows 7 (v6.1), which was an incremental update to Vista (v6.0).
Microsoft wanted Windows 10 to be an entirely new OS, calling it the most comprehensive platform ever. It's purpose: to unify desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, xbox, and all-in-one devices using a single platform. There are many changes to the OS that were mainly focused on user experience, as well as improved Security. With all of the new features and changes made to Windows 10, will it do better than Windows 8? I believe that people who had bad experiences with Windows 8 would hesitate moving to Windows 10. On the other hand, they may actually rush to upgrade since Microsoft is providing Windows 10 as a FREE upgrade until July 29, 2016. To be eligible for the free upgrade, you must have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you are not eligible for the free upgrade, the expected retail price for Windows 10 is $119.
Windows 10 have received positive reviews from many critics for downplaying many of the features, especially the user interface. With Windows 8 there were issues with the apps and the start screen not being fully integrated and issues with the interconnections between the Start and the Desktop. Windows 10 was critizied for limiting users on how they control Windows update. Windows Update will automatically install all of the updates. Only the Pro version will allow the user to delay the update. Privacy concerns have also been pointed out as the default features and many apps require data to me sent to Microsoft and/or it's partners. It was even critized how Microsoft distributed Windows 10. As of June 1, 2015, Microsoft had issued a notification program to computers about the Windows 10 upgrade and downloads the update and, in some cases, install windows 10 without the user's consent. Users would constantly see the Windows 10 pop up notifications and advertisements.
System Security has seen improvements with biometric technology, like fingerprint, retinal, and facial recognition through Windows Hello and Passport platforms. Windows Hello is used on the Operating System to sign in to your account. Windows Passport is used to sign into online accounts such as Banks, social media, etc. No more remembering passwords, just use your fingerprint or facial recognition, etc.
As the Windows operating system advanced over the years, so has its size when it comes to disk space. Earlier versions of Windows only took up a couple hundred megabytes of disk space, but as Windows became more advanced, its footprint reached in the Gigabytes. To help reduce the growing space requirement to store Windows, Microsoft introduce a new ability that allows the OS to reduce its footprint by compressing its files to help save up 2.6 GB of disk space. Microsoft also changed the way Windows refresh or reset the operating system. Previous versions had to have a separate partition to store the recovery files but this could take up to 15 GB. Windows 10 no longer need a separate Partition to refresh the PC. Users can also see a detail layout that show how much space is used by file type.