Windows 10 was launched by Microsoft on 29th of July 2015, almost a year ago. The great fact was that they were offering a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users and they still are. But this free upgrade is only until Windows 10 hits its first anniversary (29th July 2016) so if you’re wanting a free upgrade you should do it before the deadline, as the clock is ticking. Once you upgrade, Windows 10 will be valid for as long as your device lasts, so it’s not for a limited time.

Microsoft clearly offered this free upgrade for a year to get as many people onto the new OS (operating system) as possible. However, the offer also correlates to the fact that the Windows 7 extended support ends on January 14th 2020.

Almost one year later, Microsoft announced on their Windows blog that 300 million active devices around the world are running Windows 10 and no doubt this number will increase in the run up to the anniversary. If you are someone that hasn’t yet upgraded because you are not sure if you should, then read the following few points, which we hope will help you make that decision.

300 million active devices around the world are running Windows 10


A few things to consider


You’ll be running the latest version – Similarly to how we love owning the latest piece of tech, running the latest version is awesome too, but not always. If you’re a big fan of Windows 7, like myself, then you probably will want to stick to it for longer. On the other hand, if you’re happy to let go of it then get upgrading soon.

You lose control over Windows Updates – This is a major put-off. You will not be able to defer updates, although you can with Windows 10 Pro but the limit is to a few months. You can choose when updates are downloaded though, however, your system will install it whether you like it or not. If you like to be in control of updates then you might choose to stick with 7 or 8.1.

Software compatibility – This is something to consider. If you rely on certain Software, then please search Google to check it is compatible with Windows 10 before you upgrade. You do not want to go ahead with it only to find it’s not compatible afterwards. Save yourself the hassle and do some quick research beforehand.


If you want to know more reasons why you should upgrade then check out Microsoft’s ‘Why upgrade?’ page. If you’re ready to do it then you can download Windows 10 here. Remember, you don’t have to upgrade if you don’t feel the need to but take into consideration that the upgrade is free until the 29th of July.

If you would like to know more then check out this Windows 10 review I wrote for giffgaff.

I hope this blog has helped you guys. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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