Windows 10 was generating most of the headlines in the world of Microsoft this week, as the sofware giant announced the precise date of the new platform's release, and concerns were expressed that giving it away as a free upgrade would impact on new PC sales. Elsewhere, the tool to notify Windows 7 users of the free upgrade caused concerns when some users mistook it for some kind of malware.
Windows 10 will be available on 29 July
Microsoft confirmed this week that Windows 10 will arrive on 29 July and will be available for free to anyone with a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 machine.
Windows 10: Microsoft's free upgrade will have a negative impact on PC sales
Analyst firm IDC issued a report warning that Microsoft's free upgrade to Windows 10 could impact sales of new PCs. However, later in the week, HP responded with claims that it expects Windows 10 to drive uptake of new systems.
Windows 10 update icon causes 'virus' concerns
Microsoft's decision to install an icon in the task bar of Windows machines eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 has caused some users to worry that it's a virus.
The icon was delivered via Windows Update in a recent patch for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems.
Windows 10 update spells the end for DVDs, games and gadgets on older devices
Microsoft has informed owners of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines that updating to Windows 10 when it is released on 29 July will result in certain features being removed.
A note on the Microsoft website about the upgrade contains a section entitled "feature deprecation" that lists the services that will be removed when upgrading, which includes DVD playback, games and the entire Windows Media Centre tool.
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