Windows 10 Launch – Not Windows 8 Has Arrived

Windows 10 Launch - Not Windows 8 Has Arrived

It’s here. It’s landed. The last OS release ever!

It feels like Windows 10 has been about forever – the Beta was released in October 2014, and it felt like we hit ‘peak Windows 10’ some time ago. But Microsoft were so keen to avoid the Windows 8 mistakes of old that ol’ Bill Gates himself forgot how to count from 8 to 10. This Beta release and testing has resulted in a smooth release, with more visibility of changes that has allowed IT departments to prepare, or at least not to be shocked.

In terms of measureable success and popularity, the numbers vary, but it’s certainly in the tens of millions in a very short space of time. Figures such as ‘1000 upgrades an hour’ are being batted about. If that’s the case, then it looks like a successful, and popular launch. Personally speaking, the new laptop sat next to me is two hours in to its life and still upgrading (sat at 20%). Hopefully that is due to Microsoft’s download speeds, as it’s a brand new i3 with 4 Gb of RAM.

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Microsoft Are Back

Were they ever away?

Well, they certainly lost their mojo and pioneering spirit. But their recent launch including a new laptop, tablet and mobile devices has seen them change direction. How does that effect us as customers?

Whilst the Surface Pro 4 is an evolution from previous models, the new Surface Book laptop is a gesture of serious intent by Microsoft. By becoming a manufacturer, they are directly competing with not only Apple, but with the companies they normally supply Operating Systems to: Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer etc.

On top of the Windows 8 / 10, these companies use Microsoft’s software: Office, Outlook, OneDrive etc, and are now direct competitors. With flagship stores being opened in New York and Sydney, with more promised, this is a business model with similarities.

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