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For The Early Adopter In All Of Us, Here's A Whole bunch Of Information On Windows 10

For The Early Adopter In All Of Us, Here's A Whole bunch Of Information On Windows 10

Microsoft launched the next version of Windows on July 29th.
And the likelihood of you not hearing about this in the media, on the web or from that family member who calls you up at the most inopportune time to ask that tech question is virtually nill. MS hopes to have rolled out the new desktop operating system to one billion, that is billion with a big letter B, devices during the initial phase of the "Upgrade Your Life" blitz. The reviews for the new OS have been mostly positive and you might be wondering if you should take a dive with all the insane people who like loading new software on Day 1. To that end, and on Blind Bargains Qast 25, we offer a plethora of links to help you make that decision on whether to stay or to jump on, or off!, the electronic bandwagon. We even broke them out into sections in case you wanted to just read about Cortana or see what some of the Assistive Technology companies have on tap.

Background Information:

This list of articles delves into the decisions behind the look, feel and design of Windows 10
The Windows Start menu saga, from 1993 to today
Windows 10: Nine things you need to know
9 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 -- yet -
Three reasons to hold off on Windows 10
The new PC experience
The new Windows 10 notifications will follow you everywhere

How to set default programs in Windows 10
Here's a recap on how MS will be updating Win 10 with fixes and new features for home, business, enterprise users:
The Windows Support Cycle
Office for Windows 10 will require Office 365 subscription on PCs, larger
Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10: Yes, it shares your passkeys; no, you shouldn t be scared
How Edge's reading view compares to other full-screen readers
Firefox for Windows 10 design guidelines get revealed by Mozilla
Microsoft purges Ballmer strategy for one that works
Why Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 for free
What Windows as a Service and a free upgrade mean at home and at work


Why take our word for it when you can read so many others' opinions on the quality of Windows 10? We even have a few listed from the Apple fan perspective that is sure to angry up the blood no matter which side you find yourself taking.
Stepping Over The Threshold: Windows 10 In 10000 Words, Thoroughly Reviewed
With Windows 10, Microsoft gets it right. Our review
Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8
Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet once the bugs get fixed
Walt Mossberg reviews Windows 10
Windows 10 or OS X? A Mac User Falls For the PC Again
Windows 10 tested: How performance on the new operating system compares to Windows 8
Here are some of the problems, inconsistencies, and missing features in Windows 10
Windows 10 Mail: Beautiful but bug-ridden

Assistive Technology:

Here are a few pages of interest for some of the various companies on Windows 10. You should check with your A T Maker of choice directly, by visiting their site or calling technical support, to ensure that your software and hardware will be fine on Windows 10.
Windows 10 upgrade considerations for screen reader and magnifier users:
JAWS 16 And MAGic 13 Are Windows 10 Ready
Freedom Scientific Offers Windows 10 Advice
Ai Squared, Windows 10 Status Update
Demo: NVDA is living on the Microsoft Edge
if you can't wait to see #Windows10 with SuperNova 15, why not download our public beta via our website?
Building accessible Windows Universal apps: Colors and contrast
Part 2 | Building accessible Windows Universal apps: Keyboard accessibility


Okay, those reviews sold you and now you want to roll up your sleeves and get right to the upgrading part. check out these articles to get some idea for what is in store, or restore, for you.
How to prepare your PC for Windows 10
Upgrading to #Windows10? My "10 Tips For Gamers To Get Ready For Windows 10" post might help
How to Skip the Line and Upgrade to Windows 10 Now
How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 10
Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 on ISO
How to run Windows 10 on Mac: How to run Windows 10 using Boot Camp, and how to install Windows 10 on a virtual machine
How to get Windows 10 on your Mac
Windows 10 derailed in Nvidia driver crash just days before big launch
More Windows 10 Answers: How Activation Will Work on an Upgrade

Customization And How To:

Windows 10 is installed. Nothing like the feel of a fresh new version of windows. So fast, so smooth... now let's wreck the defaults with what we think is the best way to use the OS.
The Ultimate Guide to Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows 10 is finally here--and here are 8 settings you should change right away
Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates
Here's The Incredibly Hacky Way to Disable Windows 10 Updates
How to change how file explorer opens
Windows 10 Tip: How to change the default search engine in Edge
Trackpad gestures and keyboard shortcuts, or: Windows 10 for the Mac user
How to import iTunes playlists to Groove music on Windows 10
Microsoft's DVD Player app for Windows 10 available for old Windows Media Center users


One of the best new features in Windows 10 is the digital assistant Cortana. Get to know her better in this batch of links.
How Cortana Comes to Life in Windows 10
Windows 10 Training | Your Personal Digital Assistant, Cortana
I installed Windows 10 and now I'm talking to my computer
Windows 10 Tip: Here's everything Cortana can do inside of the Edge browser
AppleInsider - Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support Windows 10's Cortana across OS X
Unwrap some of Cortana's easter eggs
Cortana has a new game to play with you, movie buffs step on up
Things Cortana can say

The Leftovers:

this is a section that covers a wide gammet. The ads, the silly bits and just those links that didn't seem to fit anywhere else.
[Microsoft churned out a Windows 10 music video which is pure, unadulterated hype][The mortifying, terrifying Windows promo videos of years past](
Is Windows 10 Build 10240 the Most Unfinished RTM Version Ever?
Xbox on Windows 10: What it is, what it isn t, and what s missing
Experiment: Installing Windows 10 On a 7-Year-Old Acer Aspire One
Windows 10: A Tale of Two Mini-Tablets:
Microsoft wants $1.49 a month to remove the ads it shows inside Solitaire on Windows 10

Did we miss a great resource or review? let us know in the comments section or email us:

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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.

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