Recently, a sneaky little icon appeared in my taskbar.
Did you get one, too? Microsoft are pushing the new version of their operating system – Windows 10. If you click on the icon, an advert appears that invites you to reserve a free, full copy of Windows 10. Windows 10 is advertised for sale at £99.99, but if you accept the offer now, you will get it for free.
If you want to go ahead and get Windows 10, then click on the Reserve your free upgrade button.
Afterwards, when you click on the Windows 10 icon in the taskbar, you will see a window that allows you to download the operating system software.
There are reasons why I won’t be taking advantage of the offer. This is new software that will undoubtedly contain bugs. What new software doesn’t? I would rather continue to use software that is tried and trusted, and that I know works (Windows 7 on this laptop).
Also, I object to testing software for free. Unwittingly, people who download and use Windows 10 will find bugs and report them to Microsoft so that they can then fix them. The kind of rigorous and thorough real world testing that new Windows 10 users perform would be expensive to buy. I think that big, global corporations should sort out, and pay for, their own testing.
Instead, I will wait a while and download Windows 10 when all the bugs and issues have been fixed and ironed out.