There is a lot of new, but not major news concerning Windows.
First, Microsoft recently released a free upgrade for Windows 10, the Windows Anniversary Edition. There are no major changes but a few enhancements. Cortana has more features. Edge, Microsoft’s new internet browser, works better with add-in apps. And if you have a touch screen, you have more options with Windows Ink for drawing and annotating documents. You can read more here and here.
If you are still on an older version of Windows, you have missed the cut off date for getting a free Windows 10 upgrade. If you want Windows 10 it will now set you back $119.99. I did warn you in a previous newsletter. However, all is not lost. There is a loophole.
Microsoft is allowing people who require assistive technology to continue to download for free. Assistive technology is for people who may have issues with their eyesite or other conditions that may make using a computer difficult — and who doesn’t have difficulties with computers. The page for the free download is hidden from the general public. I’m going to tell you the secret.
If you want to get a free copy of Windows 10 go to this site. You’re welcome.
Finally, one problem with PCs is that many manufacturers load up their computers with junky software, also known as bloatware. It’s all mostly useless and often slows down your computer.
Microsoft recently released a tool that will do a clean install of Windows, keep all your personal data intact, and eliminate all the bloatware. If interested, check it out here.