Windows 10 is here, and reviews say it’s worth the upgrade once bugs are squashed

Mark it down: Windows 10 is here.

Microsoft’s new operating system brings the long-awaited return of the start menu, voice-controlled assistant Cortana, more seamless tablet/PC integration with Continuum, a host of updated built-in apps, including Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer, Xbox One integration, and a sleek new interface.

Users running Windows 7 or newer will be getting the update for free and should have seen a pop-up in their task bar for Microsoft’s automatic Windows 10 update tool. If you opt in, you should be good to go, but you won’t get the update immediately. The update is being rolled out over time, but if you’re champing at the bit, PCWorld has a guide to downloading and installing the update manually.

Now, the question is, should you upgrade?

General consensus says yes, you should, but maybe not quite yet. Ars Technica wrote that “Windows 10 is the best Windows yet” and that “everyone who is eligible to upgrade should do so,” but recommends users wait a few weeks or a couple of months before upgrading, as bugs currently plague the OS. CNET advises users to hold off on upgrading for a bit, as incompatibilities with programs and hardware as well as a number of bugs hold the OS back.

Despite the bugs, the response has been fairly positive. The Guardian says the new OS “might be Microsoft’s best ever,” praising the return of the start menu and the updated pre-installed apps. Time writes that Xbox One integration, which allow users to stream their Xbox One games on their PC and track their Xbox Live profiles, as well as the new DirectX 12 makes Windows 10 a great OS for gamers. Both USA Today and Engadget praise the OS for Cortana and the blending of best parts of Windows 7 and 8.

Recode was less favorable, noting that while Windows 10 does amend for the sins of Windows 8, the update doesn’t quite blow the doors off.

“However, it’s just okay, not disruptive,” Walt Mossberg wrote. “It’s perhaps what Windows 8 might have looked like if it had been evolutionary, not revolutionary. I doubt it will convert many Mac owners, spur a shopping spree in new PCs, bring in droves of new developers, or save the Windows Phone.”

Garner said PC shipments have been down 9.5 percent this past quarter, and with the rise of tablets and smartphones, the PC market may be on the decline. The Wall Street Journal noted that Windows 10 struggles to remain relevant and tries to assimilate users into the Microsoft network of products, such as OneDrive, Bing and Windows smartphones, which simply aren’t worth using.

“The biggest problem with Windows 10 is that I have little reason to use it outside of work,” wrote Geoffrey Fowler. “At home, I rely on a smartphone, mobile apps and websites that don’t require Windows—and sometimes fit awkwardly in a Windows world.”

“These days we’re spending more of our time on smartphones and Web browsers, and it’s Microsoft’s burden to keep evolving Windows to stay relevant to that reality,” Fowler added. “Alas, Windows 10 also misses opportunities to tip things in its favor.”

Photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at an event demonstrating the new features of Windows 10 at the company’s headquarters Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Redmond, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


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  • Saloni Singh

    great article
    very informative about windows 10 bugs and update