Microsoft’s Windows 10 has been hanging over my head like the Sword of Damocles. On the one hand, a free upgrade is a good thing. Microsoft has been marketing that for months. On the other hand, I had issues while upgrading another PC.
The Edge browser built into Windows 10 has received a lot of criticism for having less functionality than the browsers most people are used to. Browsers like FireFox, Safari, Chrome, and Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer have set the bar. I knew from prior experience that while Internet Explorer still exists on a Windows 10 machine, it’s pretty well hidden.
The Promise of Cortana
I was warming-up to Cortana when it was first introduced on Windows Phone 8.1. Since I had a Windows phone, I was getting familiar with Cortana. I appreciated how she started to recognize things based on GPS and my email. (I can’t get myself to say “it” since Cortana speaks with a female voice) For example, she figured-out where I live and where I work. This was based on using GPS to watch where I went, when I went, and how long I stayed at a given location.
Cortana is somewhat handicapped on a PC because there is likely no GPS capability. Likewise, many PCs either don’t have a microphone or it’s disabled (just as many of us cover the webcams except when we’re using them).
The Final Countdown
Part of the sales process (even for a free product like this upgrade) involves adding a sense of urgency. Stating that the free upgrade offer ends July 29 accomplishes that.
Microsoft recently switched from friendly little teasing pop-ups to larger daily warnings counting down the day and time. I couldn’t decide whether it looked more like an impending missile launch, or the DeLorean‘s time travel display in Back To The Future.
No more Mr. Nice Guy
Today I got the full screen (shown above) that demanded to be answered. It couldn’t be minimized and you couldn’t switch to another program.
Other warnings have been persistent, but could generally be put aside. This one demanded an answer
I’d been thinking about doing the upgrade this weekend anyway, so I decided to go ahead and let Microsoft go at it. When I clicked the Upgrade Now button, I was surprised to see it starting the download. Months ago, Microsoft had been downloading the upgrade file automatically, in the background. That caused an uproar because it’s an enormous file, and There Ain’t No Free Lunch (bandwidth is finite).
Safe to Go in the Water
Seriously, I have to give Microsoft credit that upgrades like this are even possible. A given PC is loaded with things that Microsoft has no control of, including hardware, software, device drivers, and of course that pesky human factor.
It took several hours, but it looks like my PC survived. Have you taken the plunge yet? If so, share your experience below in the comments section!