Windows 10 Upgrade Fee Begins in July

Windows 10 Upgrade Fee Begins in July


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Microsoft will be charging customers a fee for their Windows 10 upgrade starting at the end of July 2016. Windows users are reminded to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Beginning on July 30, the update will cost $119.

Windows 10 has been downloaded by over 300 million users from all around the world. The latest Windows version has some advantages that people were expecting. The Start Menu that had disappeared from older versions was brought back in the new Microsoft operating system (OS). Also, Windows 10 is safer and uses Edge, a very popular new web browser.

However, the OS is not loved by everyone. Its biggest disadvantage is the fact that the Windows 10 upgrade is going to cost new customers a $119 fee starting the end of July. According to Kim Komando from the “Kim Komando Show,” a technology radio show, the OS has some compatibility issues with non-Microsoft programs. It also collects more data about its users than any of the earlier versions of Windows.

However, despite all the complaints, in May 2016, Microsoft has pushed users toward the upgrade by changing it to a “Recommended Update,” which is programmed to install automatically on most computers. Now, through commercial ads, users are reminded about the July 29 deadline.

Universal Apps Are Worth Upgrading

Windows 10 introduced the series of universal apps, which are programs designed to run across multiple platforms, such as PCs, tablets, and smartphones. In Microsoft’s App Store, there are some apps worth upgrading.

According to Field Guide; Netflix, Facebook, VLC Media Player and Adobe Photoshop Express are some of the apps that work well on Windows 10. Moreover, apps such as Fresh Paint or Autodesk Sketchbook, are great graphic programs that work fine on every platform.

Besides the universal apps, Windows 10 has some features that made a good impression with gamers. According to TechRadar, in June 2016, over 44 percent of the Steam gamers started using Microsoft’s latest OS. Experts expect an increase in updating to Windows 10, as the upgrade will cost $199 starting the end of July.

The History of Windows OS

Microsoft Corporation was founded on April 4, 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The company develops, licenses and sells multiple software products and services, computers and electronics.

Microsoft Windows is a part of the OS family. Its first version was released in 1985, however, it did not achieve much popularity. Two years later, the 2.0 version came out and then, in 1990, Microsoft obtained success with Windows 3.0. The first most popular OS is Windows 95, which was followed by the 1998 version.

A lot of updates came with the Windows Millennium Edition (ME), which was released in 2000. Then, it was the age of Windows XP, which was succeeded by Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8; all with their upgraded editions.

Windows 10 was released to customers in July 2015. The OS also launched the universal apps feature. Its first release introduced a virtual desktop system and the Microsoft Edge web browser. Moreover, the software presented a new security feature and improved graphics to improve the gamers’ experience.

Although it has received some positive reviews, recently, Windows introduced an alert to remind users to upgrade while it is still free. The reminder was not very well received, especially because it is a full-screen notification, which announces that the free offer will end on July 29. Windows 10 will cost new customers $119 to upgrade, beginning July 30.

By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith


Field Guide: These Windows 10 Apps Are Actually Worth Installing
Kim Komando: 10 reasons NOT to switch to Windows 10
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TechRadar: Nearly half of all Steam gamers are running Windows 10

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