6 Features You Won’t See In Windows 10

Windows 10

If you plan on upgrading to Windows 10, you may want to see what Microsoft plans to ax from previous versions of the OS. While the limited time free upgrade is certainly enticing (I have already reserved my free upgrade), you may be surprised by what features won’t be there after you upgrade.

The following list of removed features was taken from Microsoft’s Windows 10 Specifications page:

  • If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Centre or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Centre and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Centre will be removed.
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available.
  • Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper”.
  • If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
  • If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.

In my opinion, the toughest pill to swallow from the list above is the automatic updates for Windows 10 Home. I’m certainly not overjoyed about not having the ability to defer updates should I choose.

Of course, this seems to fit right in with Microsoft’s new direction of  “Windows As A Service” and as a means to validate updates for Windows Enterprise users by using consumers as beta testers.

Microsoft knows that businesses wouldn’t be too comfortable having updates forced upon them that could potentially cripple systems or hinder work processes. Which is why earlier this year in a blog post (Read Microsoft’s post here) they announced a new approach for business customers. They refer to it as “Current branch for business”, which basically means business machines won’t receive feature updates until they have been validated in the consumer market. They will still receive security updates.

By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis. This gives IT departments’ time to start validating updates in their environments the day changes are shipped broadly to consumers, or in some cases earlier, if they have users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. By the time Current branch for Business machines are updated, the changes will have been validated by millions of Insiders, consumers and customers’ internal test processes for several months, allowing updates to be deployed with this increased assurance of validation.

Excerpt taken from (https://blogs.windows.com)

All that being said, I still think Windows 10 is a great upgrade and one that I have already registered for. All in all this could be a great direction for Microsoft and could lead to more stable updates in the company’s future (we all know how bad previous update fails have been).

Do you plan on upgrading to Windows 10? Have any crazy horror stories from past Windows updates? Post your comments below!

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