Here are a few things to know about getting and using Windows 10:
- You might already have an icon in the notification area of your desktop that prompts you to sign up for a free version of Windows 10. It’s free now — and it will be free after July 29th — so there is no hurry.
- If you do “reserve your free copy,” the new operating system will be downloaded to your computer on July 29th. It will be up to you to install it; I presume there will be instructions with the download, probably in the form of an email.
- If you don’t reserve your free copy, you can still download and install Windows 10 that day, or any day after.
- The Start “Ball” is back (actually it’s a Start “Rectangle”) in the lower left corner. If you are used to it in Windows 7, or missed it in Windows 8, you will be happy to see it.
- Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser, has been renamed “Edge.”
- “Cortana” is your new personal assistant, and looks like it (she?) behaves much like Apple’s personal assistant, Siri.
Should you get Windows 10 next week? I don’t know. Some people like to have the newest upgrades as soon as they come out, others like to wait to see how they are reviewed first.
If you are interested in learning more about Windows 10 — and watching a cool video — here is a link to the Windows 10 section of Microsoft’s website: