Windows 10 is here!

Windows 10 is here! It was just released and, as I have said before, my suggestion is that you to wait to upgrade. You want to aim to be on the leading edge, not the bleeding edge.

Andrew Clarke

You don’t need to be the first to upgrade unless you absolutely hate the version of Windows you’re running now, and you know that you will still be able to work if you upgrade. If the version of Windows you have is working, you should wait until the first adopters work out the bugs, and there will be bugs. Remember: the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I have not completed my evaluation of Windows 10, but one very important thing jumped out at me. Microsoft reported that Windows Media Player would not be included in this version of the OS. What appears to be the case for those who upgrade, however, is that you will still have your current version of Windows Media Player when the upgrade completes. Microsoft might change that at some point, so some of you may need a replacement program. Anyone who buys a new computer that comes with Windows 10 will definitely need a media player in order to play music or videos.

I recommend a program called VLC [http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html] as a wonderful replacement. Here is a partial list of the features they boast :

  • Simple, fast and powerful media player.
  • Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
  • Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed: MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3…
  • Runs on all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix…
  • Completely Free, no spyware, no ads and no user tracking.
  • Can do media conversion and streaming.

For additional feature information, visit http://www.videolan.org/vlc/features.html or click the link on the page above labeled Discover all features.

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