Windows 7, 8... 10

July 16, 2015

What is Windows 10?

  • Windows 10 is the latest  operating system from Microsoft, replacing Windows 7 and Windows 8 which are running on most PC computers. 
  •  Windows 10 will be released on July 29th in 190 countries and 111 languages.
  • Windows 10 will be used across all Microsoft devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones – as well as the Xbox games console and HoloLens, Microsoft's new wireless holographic headset. 

When will Windows 10 be installed on campus-owned computers? Although most computers on campus are capable of running Windows 10, ISS will not start upgrading office computers and labs starting until late 2015. It is important that ISS technicians test all major campus-owned programs on Windows 10 after it becomes available. As an example, a known issue is that the Colleague UI is currently not compatible with Windows 10. We expect this to be resolved by Ellucian in coming months.

As with all major software upgrades a learning curve is involved. Keep an eye out Windows 10 vignettes on through the myCLU portal. ISS will also conduct “Getting to know Windows 10” informational sessions starting in the Fall.

What about Windows 10 for home computers? Windows 10 is free for any computer with a legitimate version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 for one year, until July 2016 . Anyone who is still on Windows 8 will have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 to qualify for the free upgrade. Please refer to the Microsoft Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to find out more about the free upgrade.

Anyone using an older version of Windows like Windows XP will also have to buy a new copy of Windows 10.

What are some of the new features with Windows 10?

  • Windows 10 brings together the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 8 users will notice that the Start menu is back, while Windows 7 users will notice a more feature rich Start menu.
  • Windows 10 runs faster than its predecessors. As a rule, faster is better in computing.
  • Touch: Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel will be touch enabled, particularly helpful for those doing presentations.
  • The Snap functions allows for organization of multiple windows and “desktops” to help keep you productive with multiple windows open.
  • Cortana is Microsoft’s personal assistant (think Siri) helps you get answers.
  • Internet Explorer has been replaced with a new web browser called Microsoft Edge, which allows users to annotate webpages or save them to read later.

What happened to Windows 9?

Your guess is as good as ours. Stay tuned for more information on Windows 10…

If you have questions about this subject or any other technical matter, please call the Help Desk at (805) 493-3698 or send e-mail to

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