A new update for the soon-to-be released Windows 10 launch leaves Windows XP behind, with users ready to move onto the next Microsoft project. A statement has been released that any genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will receive a free update to the improved Windows 10 and the public has responded. Shares for the newer versions have risen to the point where both XP and Vista seemed to have been left behind.
Since April 2014, Microsoft has ceased updates for Windows XP to make way for fresher versions and, thus, ended an age marked with its success. It seems that the majority of users have moved on and are preparing themselves to install the new update after a few previews have been released. The new version has received mixed reviews, but mostly good, being praised for its high optimization and speed. Users have downloaded, tested and commented their experience. Microsoft has listened.
The newest patch, 10159, brought numerous fixes even if it hadn’t changed much of its base structure, except repairing the reported bugs. It came as a surprise as 10158 has only been added a week before and some were skeptical of their apparent rush. The results have been positive though. The darker scheme added to aesthetics proved popular, contrasting nicely with the apps any user chooses to download. And the 6 second boot time certainly brought some smiles.
Swiping motions have been added in order to better view our apps, bringing down the entire list for us to choose. Animations have been added, UI glitches fixed and better support for tablets. Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, has also seen some upgrades, enabling us to write our e-mails without touching a single keypad. Users can simply dictate and she will type it out, quite a feature for those in fear of the dreaded spelling mistakes.
It seems Microsoft are keeping with their tradition of bringing us one excellent version after its predecessor proved to be a bit of a failure. Windows 8.1 had been widely criticized after Windows 7, just like Windows Vista had fallen in the shadow of Windows XP in the eyes of users. If the template remains true, Microsoft is set to make up for its previous version and once again create something that will dominate the market even years after its release.
Even with only previews for its official appearance on July 29th, 2015, Windows 10 is running on 0,16% computers world-wide. Recent figures suggest that a good majority of users have left behind Windows XP and will be upgrading to the newer version at the end of the month. It has also caused the sales for genuine versions to rise in order to remain eligible for the free update.
Currently, Windows 7 is easily the most popular and it only stands to question how many will upgrade to Windows 10. The features will be free for any genuine Windows users within the first 12 months after its release. Microsoft is making efforts in bringing us one update at a time, offering previews and enthusiastically moving forward with their newest operating system. They promise greatness and the users are waiting.
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