By PowerBuy // 8 May 2015 // Related Categories: Tips

Thanks to AMD’s CEO, we now have a clear idea of when the latest version of Windows – Windows 10 – will launch. Will it be any good? Do you need it? And when should you upgrade?

Like most big software companies, Microsoft likes to play its launch-plan cards close to its chest. But in a recent earnings call, AMD CEO Lisa Su said they were factoring “the Windows 10 launch at the end of July” into their own product launch plans.

Whatever happened to Windows 9?

Windows 8 was a radical departure from the traditional Windows interface we’ve been accustomed to since Windows 95’s launch back in – you guessed it – 1995. Windows 8 was modern, mobile, touch-screen enabled and precisely the sort of bold move we’ve come not to expect from a large software company.

The changes startled some users. The tile-based, touchscreen-enabled interface was largely welcomed (and has become Microsoft’s standard across its operating systems for phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and even the XboxOne), but the removal of the Start button was seen by many as a backwards step. Windows 8.1 met many key user demands, but there is still work to be done. Windows 10 will continue to build on its strengths and will include some important new features[EG1]  such as a brand-new browser – Spartan – to replace Internet Explorer, and a new, voice-enabled digital assistant – Cortana.

Windows 9? Microsoft hasn’t explicitly said why it skipped a number, though the dads and dad-joke-makers on Reddit say the reason is clear: because (Windows) seven ate nine …

Do you need it?

Yes. But maybe not right away. Like all software companies, Microsoft would like all users to migrate to its new products. In the case of Windows 10, new software is being designed to take advantage of its new features and new interface style. It’s fully backwards-compatible, so your existing software will still work just fine, but over time you’ll find that if you’re sticking with an older version of the operating system, you’ll be missing out on some great features and capabilities.

That said, there’s no rush. If you’re in the market for a new computer or computing device later this year, then you should definitely consider Windows 10. But if not, it might be prudent to wait rather than upgrading immediately.

There’s a saying in software-land that you should never buy the first version of anything. You should wait until the first patch or update or service pack, so you can be confident that any major problems have been fixed.

It’s good advice – unless, of course, you’re ready to embrace the new and ride the early-adopter wave. Either way, Windows 10 will soon be with us and it’ll be around for quite some time – so sooner or later, it’ll be coming to a device near you.

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