FYI: MS formally announces that to buy a NEW PC that comes with Windows 7 or 8.1 you've got less than a year.
From CNET.com (11/03/15)
Updated late October, Microsoft's "Windows lifecycle fact sheet" shows October 31, 2016, as the "end of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled" for both Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1. After that date, the only choice for consumers will be to purchase new computers with Windows 10 installed. The lone exception will be businesses with license agreements that entitle them to choose which version of Windows they want preinstalled.
Stay tuned: MS being MS just how long do you think it will be before the rollout date for MS OS 11 will be announced? ????
Loving Win 10 lot better than 8 helped to beta test and did free upgrade on all my computers
M$ have said that W10 will be their last, ever.
I've got 10 on one, 7 on another and 8 on a new one. I like 7 and 10 but hate 8.
True enough. But, with W10, they've really gone to town.
Companies must be sweating, what with all the data that needs to be confidential. Apart from any corporate information that they want to keep secret, from competitors, all company's employee data is supposed to be confidential, of course. How can they be sure that it is, if they're using W10? Come to that, how can they be sure, if they're using W7 with all the dodgy updates?
Surely, they can't. During the time that I was trying it out, I blocked loads of stuff from accessing the net, using my firewall. First and foremost, I blocked the updates. But, of course, that meant that I couldn't get those that I actually wanted/needed. With W10, you can't pick and choose. It's all or nothing. I blocked loads of other stuff, too, like their damned store, Carbloodytana, their cloud thingy and all sorts.
What might be deemed OK, for people of the Social Media age, might be great, for them. They seem to have the need to broadcast everything they do to the entire online world. But, for companies?
As I said, elsewhere, M$ will say that Google have been doing all this for yonks. But, how many corporate machines use Android?
If I ran a business, I'd rather put my trust in Linux.
Linux is a bloody Good OS but it still does not have a "must have" app for business as most small businesses cannot afford to develop for their needs, so need stuff off the shelf. e.g. MYOB, Many POS apps. I have dabbled in Linux but have had to return to Windoze because a) there is little alternative to M$ Access and b) Legacy Hardware support is a bit "hit and miss". I never did manage to get two monitors to work reliably on an nvidia card. All I wanted was to get it to run an extended desktop at two different resolutions. Something that M$ does without even thinking about.