Microsoft previews Windows 10 – and it will be free for many current users

In January Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Consumer Preview. The developer preview of Windows 10 has been available since September and we are already trialling it in the support office with the current Abtrac Version 5.

Microsoft reported that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft more than 800,000 pieces of feedback. And they’ve certainly listened to the feedback from Windows 8 too. The start menu is back and one theme from the promo last month was “The Windows you know, only better”. For those of you who struggled to log off Windows 8 this version is more ‘old school’ and certainly seems more intuitive for existing Windows users. (Yes Ed, we’re talking about you!)

The big news is they’ve also announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year of it’s release.*

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Windows 8 and Abtrac

Windows 8 is being released October 26th 2012. If your office is planning on being an early adopter of Microsoft’s new operating system then rest assured Abtrac is compatible with Windows8.

Like Windows 7 we have noticed in our trials that Windows 8 has higher permissions and rights restrictions than older Microsoft operating systems. If you are installing Abtrac on a Windows 8 machine you will need the very latest Abtrac Install Kit. The ‘Abtrac Installation Manager’ replaces “Abtrac Install Step1” and “Abtrac Install Step2” files, and works more elegantly with Windows 8.

Abtrac KB# 2020