By now I'm sure you've heard that Microsoft is about to release the next version of their operating system called Windows 10. What happened to Windows 9? Well Brendan Spaar has no idea but he can tell you not to worry about numbers and worry more about the iteration of the release. You see, Microsoft tends to get operating systems right every other release cycle.
Here's a brief rundown of Windows over the last 20 years: Windows 98 was garbage, Windows 98 SE gave you working plug and play. Windows Millennium Edition wasn't that great (sorry Skeeter and the rest of the team I worked with), Windows XP was. Windows Vista was very lacking and most businesses chose not to even upgrade to it. Then came Windows 8 with its Metro tiled design. Companies took a pass once again.
So does that mean that Microsoft got it right just because this is a tock iteration of their tick-tock (wrong-right) cycle? Not necessarily. A few plusses that Brendan Spaar has noticed about Windows 10:
You get the START button back. Yay!
It is designed for touch screens which just about every laptop today has.
If you own a laptop (or Surface), Windows 10 is definitely better than Windows 7 or 8 due to the new browser, Cortana voice controls, and touch screen inputs. Now for those desktop users out there Brendan Spaar recommends sticking with Windows 7 at least for now. You always want to wait for hardware manufacturers to release good drivers for your mission critical hardware (I'm looking at you media producers and editors). Only time will tell if Windows 10 is a success or a flop. Keep in mind that you should really only be upgrading your operating system when purchasing new hardware. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.