What is Windows 10?
Windows 10 is the latest version of the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Past versions include Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (now Windows 8.1). What happened to Windows 9, you might ask? Microsoft has never fully explained the skip in numbers, but hints that they skipped over Windows 9 in order to emphasize the great number of supposed changes incorporated into Windows 10. Skeptics feel the jump to Windows 10 was an attempt by Microsoft to distance themselves from Windows 8 which was seen as being less than successful.
How is Windows 10 being released?
Microsoft officially released Windows 10 at the end of July 2015 and is so anxious to have it be accepted that they are giving it away as a free upgrade for 12 months to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you have either of these installed on your computer and are connected to the internet, chances are you are already being treated to a "nag screen" on your computer encouraging you to perform the update.
Should I upgrade now?
The short answer is no. Windows 10 is only a few weeks old and to jump in on the so-called "bleeding-edge" of new technology usually results in more tears than joy. Sweet Art® will be testing our Sweet Art® Decorating Software on Windows 10, and although we don't anticipate any problems, it will take some time to be sure.
Aside from the potential compatibility issues related to using Windows 10 with your Sweet Art Decorating Software, you most likely have other software, printers, scanners, network and graphics cards, etc., connected to your computer, and each of these could be a source of compatibility headaches. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly but in the event it does not, it is recommended that you let those more adventuresome find the blemishes in this new operating system and give the software and hardware vendors time to update their products to work properly.
What if I need a new computer right now?
Because Windows 10 is brand new, most of the new "Windows 10" computers being offered in retail stores actually are loaded with Windows 8.1 but are eligible to be upgraded to Windows 10 under the 12-month free upgrade program. If you need a new computer, it is suggested that you purchase one loaded with Windows 8.1 and then wait to upgrade.
How will I know when it is OK to upgrade to Windows 10?
For users of Sweet Art® software, keep an eye on our Sweet Art Blog posts and we will provide information on how things are going with our software as well as any information we obtain about possible conflicts and issues with other software and hardware.
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If you have any questions about this or another blog post, please contact us by email at www.sweetart.com/contact-us/ or by phone at 1-888-254-5445 x2.