On Friday 29th July we finally saw the end of Microsoft’s offer of upgrading to Windows 10 for free. All Windows 7 and 8.1 users have been offered Windows 10 over the past 12 months, but now Microsoft are planning to charge for the upgrade.
The cost of Windows 10
Over 350 million upgrades have been carried out over the past year, but as of the 29th July, the free upgrade will no longer be available. Instead, customers will now be required to pay up to £190 per computer for the upgrade to the newest software.
Should you still upgrade?
It’s still useful to upgrade your clients to Windows 10. Along with the end of the free offer, Microsoft have warned users that future updates will be looking to build on Windows 10, and see the decrease of users for older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7. Upgrading to Windows 10 is a great way of moving your clients forward to grow and keep up to date with the latest tools. Just days later, August 2nd saw the unveiling Windows 10’s Anniversary Update which has demonstrated some of these new features.
Changes within Windows 10
There have been many changes, including the introduction of Cortana, Microsoft’s new virtual assistant, and Internet Explorer has been replaced with The Microsoft Edge web browser. Windows Ink is a new tool that has been added, which allows the use of a stylus to draw on screens and note take for certain devices. Along with this, there have been greater security features and gaming experiences promised to Windows 10 users.
What to do if you missed the offer
Following the move to Windows 10, users still on the Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems will continue to receive security updates until 2020 and 2023 respectively. Until then, your clients can be assured that there will be no immediate changes for these users. Windows is gradually moving to an approach that is more personal, enhances productivity and increases security.
Windows 10 is still free to assisted users
If your customers require assistive technologies, they can still get the Windows 10 upgrade for free. However, even if your customers do not fall into this category, it’s still worth looking at upgrading them to Windows 10 within the next few years. Ultimately, Windows 10 will replace older versions, so it’s worth helping your customers to get to grips with the latest tools and utilising them.
If you require assistance with your upgrade to Windows 10, or your customers are looking to make the upgrade and you would benefit from an experienced engineer to do this on a white-labelled basis, give Marathon a call today on 020 8329 1000.