Year to Date Checkup
If we look back at the last year, Microsoft should be pretty happy with themselves. Since release, Windows 10 has gobbled up market share and now sits as the second most popular OS behind Windows 7. In a short few months after release, Windows 10 overtook Windows XP and Windows 8 in terms of market share. Today, Windows 10 runs on more than an estimated 270 million devices.
Things are definitely going in the right direction for Microsoft and Windows 10, but how much momentum they keep will depend on a few things including the price and future updates.
It’s hard to say whether Microsoft will continue their free upgrade program past the initial deadline of July 29, 2016. After this date, Microsoft was supposedly going to start charging for upgrades. However, Microsoft’s ambitious goals were to have an install base of a billion devices within two to three years. If Microsoft ends the free upgrade promotion, it’s hard to see them meeting that goal.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not to upgrade, you may want to consider it before July 29. Windows has already gone through one major update (November 2015) and Microsoft is frequently releasing bug and security fixes. Personally, I’ve found the OS to be responsive and stable. If you need help upgrading, be sure to check out the Bright Hub article “How to Install Windows 10 Using the Media Creation Tool"
Let’s talk about the upcoming anniversary update and see if it will keep you happy or perhaps entice you to upgrade to Windows 10.