Windows 10 is coming...here's what to tell non-technical parent
Windows 10 is coming on July 29th! I've been doing Build to Build videos on my YouTube showing what's changing and how it will affect you.
I got a request to do a video showing Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 and how to reserve your upgrade, as well as a little demo of the Start Screen. Here's that video!
NOTE: I apologize for the mediocre audio. I had a microphone failure and ended up using the laptop microphone for the last part because I was excited to get the video out. It's not representative of the quality I'm known for, and it won't happen again.
Are you the IT manager for your extended family? Will you be upgrading non-technical parent to Windows 10 or letting them do it themselves? Sound off in the comments below.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
I have tried Windows 10 preview builds and found the tablet mode is not even close to the Windows 8.1 user experience (again: *on tablets*). There is no charms bar, on-screen keyboard does not auto hide/show on text fields etc. As for update, there are also almost no updated drivers and vendor specific utilities yet and it is hard to believe it will be ready and well-tested within a month.
Basically I have no reason to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 on my tablet. Unfortunately Microsoft is working hard to make Windows 8.1 tablet users live difficult :-/ Microsoft have announced that Modern Skype (Metro) application will be killed on x86/x64 devices (while continues to live on Windows RT ones) on July 7 without any option. Microsoft offers Skype for desktop instead but you lost most of the features like connected standby support, auto hide/show on-screen keyboard and start screen and live tile notifications so Skype becomes useless on tablet device. Moreover it does not support High-DPI awareness yet so it is blurry. And yes, there is no Skype universal application ready for Windows 10 yet.
Is this the new friendly approach how to treat existing customers ? Especially given the Windows tablet devices market share. There are options to move to different platform, is it what Microsoft communicates ?
I thought saying this on a renown MS employee's blog would be sacrilege, but I think Mr. Hanselman is OK with it.
The official explanation in Skype forums that "it is duplicative for majority of users out there" is a bad joke. Of course it is duplicative, that's the point of Modern (Store) applications. I understand that desktop users did not accept and understand the importance of them for tablet/touch devices but now Microsoft itself is denying their current technology in (still) latest OS version.
Wouldn't be fair to at least communicate that Microsoft is no longer interested in having their OS on tablet devices ? The bad Windows 10 UX for tablets would support it.
My wife has some trepidation, since she feels like all computer changes just result in problems, but given their hardware, I think Windows 10 will run a little bit better than 7.
And geting a decent microphone isn't a that long job. It would have been better to release the video with the quality we are used from you. The urgency to release resulted in bad quality.... same as with Windows10?
What happens if I get the upgrade for free and after the year that has passed I need todo a fresh clean install? How do I get Windows 10 then?
(I've tried all of the solutions, but none of them worked for me)
Does the free upgrade come with a downloadable ISO that will allow me to do a clean install without jumping through hoops? If so... how do I go about retrieving the clean install?
That's quite the loaded question :P
I am adamantly forbidding any Windows 10 'upgrades' by family and friends, and making those that I'm the 'IT manager' for well aware that if they go there they're entirely on their own. If for any reason they're unable to stay on Windows 7 any longer I will be advocating moving to Linux or even OSX before I support Windows 10 (and that's coming from someone who cannot stand OSX or the Cult of Apple in general).
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