Microsoft had stated that the free upgrade to Windows 10 would only last until July 29th, 2016. So if you’ve been delaying your free upgrade then its about time you consider taking the leap of faith.

So without wasting any time, let’s take a look at why Windows 10 is worth your time and bandwidth.

It’s not Windows 8

Pretty much everyone who went from Windows 7 to Windows 8, hated it. Windows 8.1 helped a little bit but it was still a huge drop in accessibility and user-friendliness in general.

Up until Windows 7, Microsoft’s operating systems have been all about the freedom, the freedom to change whatever you wish and facing the consequences (for example, deleting the system32 folder, if for some reason you thought that was a good idea).

Windows 8 changed a huge part of this and attempted to become more friendly for users of touch screen, the worst part about Windows 8 was the awkward mouse movements necessary to shut down your computer… honestly?

Windows 10 is nothing like that, it brings back the start menu and combines it with a start screen, it’s honestly the best of both worlds.

The Action Centre

A single spot for everything, whether it’s your freshly finished downloads (via some applications which support OS notifications) or system update and security notifications, you’re going to find all of it in a single spot.

The “charms” from Windows 8 are gone, instead of using the mouse gesture to bring up to right-side options menu, you can simply click on a button next to your system clock, perhaps the best thing about Windows 10 is that you don’t ever actually have to use the Action Centre, you’ll probably spend months in the OS before realising that it exists.

Performance

Regardless of what everyone says, performance has significantly improved, maybe it’s just confirmation bias but Windows 10 in general has been much smoother, much more intelligent as well in terms of when and how to download updates.

Since update notifications are delivered via a system-wide notification, you’ll be prompted about them even if you’re playing games, Windows Vista, 7 and 8 had the habit of restarting your computer without your consent, Windows 10 hasn’t done it once.

On the other hand, Windows 10 tends to install upgrades when your computer restarts, so if you’re not on an SSD, you might have to wait a little longer if your PC restarts for no reason.

Virtual Desktops

Windows 10 brings life to a feature that people have been requesting for years, the ability to have virtual desktops where you can have separate applications running.

So you can finally have all of your browsers and research work on one of the desktops, while keeping your other one clean.

Additionally the ability to use shortcut keys such as CTRL +W while in the Win + Tab screen lets you quickly take care of a dozen or so windows in a separate desktop without accidentally closing your project.

It’s Free

Honestly, what’s not to love about the fact that Microsoft are giving all their genuine users a free upgrade to Windows 10? We all know Windows 8 and 8.1 were a step back, sure they weren’t the worst OS released but they were still pretty sub-par compared to what Windows 10 is.

Microsoft is letting all users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 upgrade to Windows 10 for free, that saved money that can be spent on anything you like.

Have you updated to Windows 10? What do you think about it? Let us know about your experience so far.