Microsoft has been talking up its Windows 10 operating system update for notebooks, desktops, smartphones and tablets since the end of last summer. For months we’ve seen the company release versions of Windows 10 that add new features and undo some of the mess that its Windows 8 operating system created.
Right now, we only have what Microsoft describes as Technical and Insider Previews to judge Windows 10 by. Even so, it’s easy to see that there’ll be enough new features and changes that users will definitely want to make the upgrade when its available. It’s also become clear, that there’ll still be a number of users who won’t want to and might not need to upgrade.
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Don’t Update to Windows 10 If You Don’t Like Integrated Services
The revolution Apple’s iPhone kicked off is still being felt in markets other than smartphones. As the smartphone has matured, we’ve started to expect some their software conveniences to show up in other places where it makes sense. Automatic updates from the Windows Store owe their existence in some part to the success of automatic updates on the iPhone. The all-in-one integrated Windows Store that Microsoft is working on for Windows 10 itself owes its existence to the success of Apple’s iTunes Store and the iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches that all depend on it.
Integrated services are another one of those things we owe to Apple’s success – and to Microsoft’s antitrust oversight expiring. Traditionally, Microsoft didn’t include ancillary apps in the Windows experience, opting to make them available as digital downloads from their site instead. For years, you couldn’t get Photo Gallery or Movie Maker unless you downloaded it directly from Microsoft’s site or your PC maker included it as an extra. OneDrive, began life as an ancillary app and service that users had to seek out in their web browser and install as a Desktop app.
Downloading extras from Microsoft’s website isn’t necessarily going to be a problem in Windows 10 because the company is continuing the work it started with Windows 8. in that department. Windows 8.1 included OneDrive support, whether you wanted it or not. The only way to completely disable it is to dive into the system files or simply not use a Microsoft Account to login, which had other repercussions.
Windows 10 has OneDrive built-in again. Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, built in too, though users can disable here. Even when you do, there’s still an integrated search box that goes directly to Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar aren’t something you can completely uninstall.
If you’re a member of that dedicated community that doesn’t want extra services baked into our operating system, you’ll want to stay away. You can spend time hiding all of these integrated service or you can just stay on Windows 7 and continue to add only the stuff you want to your PC.
Don’t Update to Windows 10 If You Like Windows Media Center
Windows Media Center arrived early last decade as a way for Microsoft to expand its computing empire into the living room. The idea was pretty simple from Microsoft’s point of view. Using Windows Media Center, hardware makers and TV enthusiasts could build their own set-top box replacements to watch and record live television. PC makers didn’t introduce a lot of Windows Media Center designs, and getting the right mix of hardware and PC tuners was an excruciating process.
Microsoft stopped developing Windows Media Center in 2009 before Windows 8 launched, but included Windows Media Center as a separate add-on for Windows 8. There are no plans to update Windows Media Center or include Windows Media Center in Windows 10, according to Microsoft.
Logically, what Microsoft is doing makes sense. Microsoft went so far as to sell off its dedicated set-top box business before the launch of Xbox One because it wanted to focus its living room efforts there. Not including Media Center in Windows 10 seems like a good way to maintain that focus. In recent months Microsoft has added broadcast TV tuner support to the Xbox One, going in so far as to let users watch what’s airing around the house on its Xbox SmartGlass app.
It’s not all bad news. A lot of people were using Windows Media Center to play DVDs on their Windows PCs. Microsoft has a dedicated solution for that coming later this year. Windows Media Center won’t suddenly stop working on existing devices though, meaning anyone who’s comfortable with not upgrading their Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC to Windows 10 can keep using the software.
Don’t Update to Windows 10 Because You Are Worried About Windows 7 Not Being Supported
One of the biggest motivators for upgrading software is the loss of support. As Windows operating systems get older, Microsoft slowly moves away from them. Towards the end of their life cycle Microsoft still provides crucial security updates, but doesn’t introduce any new features. At the very end of their life cycle Microsoft even stops doing that, hoping that purchasing new hardware will motivate you to upgrade.
For Windows 10, Microsoft is opening up upgrades to most modern versions of Windows. Windows 10 will roll out initially as a free update for anyone running home versions of and Windows 7, Windows 8.1. Those who have hardware that can support the upgrade will get it straight away.
If you have Window 7 with all the latest updates security support won’t stop until January 14th 2020, even though mainstream support for the operating system ended on January 13th of this year, according to Microsoft. You can upgrade because you want the features that Windows 10 provides, but don’t feel like you have to just to keep your PC safe. Windows 7 just isn’t that old yet.
Microsoft says Windows 10 should arrive for tablets, notebooks, desktops and 2-in-1s sometime this summer. It’ll arrive on smartphones and the Xbox One sometime after that.
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