If any of you have experienced a slow Internet today, it may be because Microsoft released Windows 10 today.  For the past month or so, users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 have been offered a free upgrade to the new Windows 10.  If you reserved a copy, it began to automatically download onto your computer this morning.  That may account for the all-round slowness of the Internet in general.  Just imagine millions of Internet users simultaneously downloading a file that is almost 6 gigabytes in size!  That’s a lot of traffic!!

Having said all that, I am one of the ones who chose to download Windows 10 and I have to say, I’m very pleased so far. Windows 10 strikes a very strong balance between the familiarity of Windows 7 and the advanced features of Windows 8.1. Microsoft has decided to bring back the long lamented Start Button of Windows 7 and previous versions. Windows 10 has added new features such as Cortana (Microsoft’s smart, sassy digital assistant) and Edge (Internet Explorer’s replacement).

I will have to admit, since upgrading to Windows 10, my laptop is operating about twice as fast as previously when I was running Windows 7. Everything seems to be much “snappier”, from boot-up to launching apps. Windows Edge (the replacement for Internet Explorer web browser) also seems to be much improved.

I will be putting Windows 10 through it’s paces in the next few days. Next week I will post a more detailed review of my impression of Microsoft’s new operating system. As for right now, I’m very much impressed…I think Microsoft may have finally gotten it right for once!