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Review: Windows 10 Anniversary Update fails to excite

Woody Leonhard | July 25, 2016
The new upgrade introduces small improvements across the board, but nothing to sway Windows 7 stalwarts

Those of you who recently upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 will likely have to wait before you're offered the Anniversary Update. As a rule, automatic updating of versions hasn't kicked in until you've passed the 30-day mark of your previous update. Why? Microsoft doesn't want to clobber your ability to roll back to your previous version of Windows -- and you're allowed to roll back for 30 days.

There are many open questions about the transition on July 29. How to install the Anniversary Update directly, how to upgrade from Win7 or 8.1 after July 29, and how to buy a copy after the free upgrade offer ends have not been adequately explained yet. Again, watch InfoWorld for no-bull answers to your questions.

Is it time for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to embrace Windows 10? It's not a clear-cut decision. There's no killer app, no killer service, and certain drawbacks (forced updates, snooping).

Windows 10 is good and steadily improving, but not yet compelling. If you're happy with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and Anniversary Update's key draws (such as Cortana and Windows Ink) don't ring your chimes, you might as well stay put. There's no harm in waiting, although the free upgrade from Win7 and 8.1 will likely expire on July 29.

Rumor has it we won't see the next major Windows 10 update ("Threshold 2," or in my way of thinking, Service Pack 3) until early 2017. Maybe this third major update will be the charm.

Source: Infoworld


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