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chscag
01-29-2015, 02:49 PM
According to the latest "Windows Secrets Newsletter" #466, Jan 29, 2015:

Most surprising, however, was the statement that all Windows 7 users will get a free upgrade for a year after Win10's release and once they've upgraded, all future changes to Windows 10 will be free. There is, of course, some ambiguity I'll discuss at the end of this article. (Has Microsoft taken another lesson from Apple, or it is a sort of unspoken apology to those who bought Windows 8?)

Looks like Microsoft if finally coming around and taking lessons from success: Apple. ;)

Raz0rEdge
01-29-2015, 02:59 PM
I think Microsoft can do a couple of things to make adoption of newer version of Windows better. 1) Stop dramatically changing the user experience with each release to a point that one is discernible than the other. 2) Have a single version of Windows for desktop users and one for server users. 3) Make it as affordable as possible to take away the pain of updating, free is great, but something like < $25 would be fine too..

I think Windows 7 was a nice stable OS and 8 was fine as long as you used it like Windows 7. Windows 10 essentially makes that happen without you having to do anything which is good to see..

I've got the Technical Preview and have been playing with it for work and its doing a bunch of things right..

At the end of the day its still Windows though..:)

Spellbinder
01-30-2015, 04:34 PM
...At the end of the day its still Windows though..:)

And that pretty much sums things up nicely. ;D

lclev
01-31-2015, 02:44 PM
What ^^^^^ he said! It is still Windows.

Oh and I need to catch up on my Windows Secrets newletters - good catch chscag!

Lisa

lclev
01-31-2015, 03:59 PM
I do admit I am very curious about the potential integration of the HoloLens feature.

Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles | WIRED (http://www.wired.com/2015/01/microsoft-hands-on/)

Those glasses would be truly awesome to use if they work as well as the article and video alludes to. I could go from carpal tunnel to shoulder issues! A new frontier!!! But seriously they would be really cool!

Lisa

Printerman
02-02-2015, 05:58 PM
Can anyone explain to me why it’s going from 8.1 to 10? Did they miscount while naming Windows 7 or what?

Spellbinder
02-02-2015, 06:23 PM
Google is flooded with "reasons" why. Here's one from a fairly reputable source: Why Windows 10 isn't named 9 (http://www.pcworld.com/article/2690724/why-windows-10-isnt-named-9-windows-95-legacy-code.html)

MacDude121
02-02-2015, 07:51 PM
I'm not very surprised, considering how bad Windows 8 was (I know some liked it, but I wasn't impressed at all.) Hopefully Microsoft took a step back and decided to take a look at the things they did right, the things they did wrong, and Windows 10 will be a major improvement.

Rod Sprague
02-02-2015, 08:08 PM
I too am a little curious about what happened to Windows 9? Is it possible that as an upgrade to 8 it had so many problems that they just gave up and decided to redesign the whole OS from scratch?
I'm told Windows 10 is quite a departure from 8.

Algus
02-02-2015, 08:17 PM
I am pretty interested in Windows 10. I will probably upgrade my Boot Camp partition but I do want to do a bit of wait and see to find out if there are any major compatibility issues. Installing W10 on my rMBP seems like a no brainer. I probably won't bother to install Windows on it until 10 comes out though. Better just stick to Mac games when I'm not at home, heh

Exodist
02-03-2015, 07:56 AM
I would like to play around with Win 10 just out of curiosity. is there a beta I can download?

Raz0rEdge
02-03-2015, 09:17 AM
I would like to play around with Win 10 just out of curiosity. is there a beta I can download?

Not a beta, but a Technical Preview (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso) has been available for a while now. After the recent Windows 10 unveiling they are promising another update with more of the functionality that will make it into the final product..

I have the Tech Preview installed in a VM and it works fine..

ycl1688
02-16-2015, 10:47 AM
Will the windows 10 tech preview work on 2010 macbook pro bootcamp ?

lclev
02-16-2015, 12:21 PM
Yes it will but be careful installing it. I have seen a lot of posts where people have erased OS X trying to install Windows in bootcamp. I used virtual box and it runs very well in it. Others have used VMware and are reporting great results.

Lisa

Raz0rEdge
02-16-2015, 12:30 PM
Will the windows 10 tech preview work on 2010 macbook pro bootcamp ?

Since this is a just a public beta and not the released version, you should do it on a machine without important data or as the others (and I) have done, use a virtualization software like VirtualBox, VMWare Fusion or Parallels..

firesidedog
02-16-2015, 12:53 PM
I have Windows7 on a desktop that I rarely use. Im going to leave well enough alone.

Raz0rEdge
02-16-2015, 01:02 PM
I have Windows7 on a desktop that I rarely use. Im going to leave well enough alone.

OK...but that wasn't the topic of discussion..

CarpathiaMan
03-15-2015, 11:01 PM
Without a doubt I'm putting it on my desktop PC which is currently running 8.1.

I would have liked it if my Surface RT would get it, but it looks like at best it's just going to get some type of update with maybe a few Windows 10-like features, and that's it. But whatever, I can deal with that.

I have one less Windows machine to worry about -- I sold my laptop to my sister-in-law because they needed one.

So now I have four computers -- this Mac mini, my Windows tower, my Surface RT, and a Google Nexus 7.

Life is good ... everything is running really well.

But yeah, I know this is a Mac forum, so I try not to talk about Windows much, but since this thread is about Windows 10, I'll just sum up by saying I'm excited about it and looking forward to its release later this year.

Rod Sprague
03-16-2015, 04:42 AM
CarpathiaMan, I gotta ask, what happened to Windows 9?:Mischievous:

chscag
03-16-2015, 01:03 PM
CarpathiaMan, I gotta ask, what happened to Windows 9?:Mischievous:

Microsoft decided not to call the next version of Windows = "9" because of the confusion it might cause with Windows 95. Not confusing to me, but who knows what they're thinking in Redmond?

CarpathiaMan
03-16-2015, 06:06 PM
CarpathiaMan, I gotta ask, what happened to Windows 9?:Mischievous:

I'm going with the explanation that it wouldn't look good in German:

Windows? NEIN!!!

Haha. But of course, I'm sure everybody knows by now that it must be mostly marketing ... I mean, a jump from 8 to 10 just "sounds" bigger and better, and what with their whole thing about a "One" Windows philosophy and one experience that scales from one device to the next, well, you do the math.

It will be interesting if this is in fact the last version of Windows we ever buy, and it just gets upgraded continuously from this point forward.

Rod Sprague
03-17-2015, 02:25 AM
Ha, ha,ha, that is extremely funny I hadn't thought of the German connection, shades of Faulty Towers. I thought Windows 9 may have been so bad they just decided to scrap it and start again from scratch. Or is it keeping up with the competition, OSX versus WX?;D

CarpathiaMan
03-17-2015, 05:22 PM
Or is it keeping up with the competition, OSX versus WX?;D

I personally wouldn't doubt if that was part of it, too. ;)

MYmacROX
03-17-2015, 08:27 PM
Good news as long as 10 is NOTHING like 8. I used that for a couple months at a contract job and hated it. Of course, it doesn't really benefit me considering how very very little I use Windows at home in a virtual machine on my iMac. Once every month or every other month maybe?

CarpathiaMan
03-18-2015, 05:05 PM
Good news as long as 10 is NOTHING like 8. I used that for a couple months at a contract job and hated it. Of course, it doesn't really benefit me considering how very very little I use Windows at home in a virtual machine on my iMac. Once every month or every other month maybe?

Windows 10 will be fine ... trust Microsquish -- they know what they're doing! ;)

XJ-linux
03-20-2015, 09:23 PM
WinX will be interesting in that where I work aborted on a Win8 project. We are on Win7 now and we have to go somewhere at some point. If we get it at work and if I like it I may upgrade the Win7 VM on my Mac at home. Honestly, my Win7 works fine enough for me on the 3GB of RAM I feed the VM, so if Win10 took more that that to run Outlook or Visio or Project acceptably that might be a deal breaker.