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Get Windows X (or don't)
Zdnet article's short article about Microsoft's launch of Windows 10

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If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you may have noticed a new icon in your system tray (in the task bar, lower right side, usually.) It looks like a small, white version of the familiar Windows logo, something like a window with four panes. If you click it, it opens an ad from Microsoft that eventually displays a large [Reserve your free upgrade now] button. Microsoft is giving away Windows 10, the latest version, for free, to hundreds of millions of Windows users in 190 countries worldwide. Remarkable!

July 29th
To those who reserve this upgrade, Microsoft will begin downloading the 3GB package at the end of this month. Windows 8.1 computers that are configured to receive and install Recommended Updates will have the Windows 10 upgrade installed quite automatically, just like any recommended update. To install a reserved copy of Windows 10 on a Windows 7 computer, the user will have to go to Windows Updates and click some buttons that will be displayed when the upgrade has downloaded. Windows 8.0 users who want the free upgrade will have to pay for and install the upgrade to 8.1 first.

Is it for me?
This free upgrade offer expires on July 29, 2016, and casual users who are interested in the free upgrade will probably do well to wait at least until December or so to avail themselves. New versions of ANY software are typically buggy, and this is especially so in the case of operating systems. After next July 29th, Windows 10 will cost around $100, depending on which version is purchased.
July 14, 2015

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