Have you seen prompts to download Windows 10 'for free'? Wondering when Windows 10 will be released? Will QuickBooks run on Windows 10?
Many 'techno types' predicted that Windows 10 would be released sometime this fall, but Microsoft has 'upped' the release date to what is now being advertised as July 29, 2015. While that maybe the official release date, Microsoft has been giving away 'pre-release' copies of their new operating system in hopes of 'working out the kinks' and 'garnering acceptance if not excitement.' For some odd reason new releases of Microsoft operating systems have never had the fan base that accompanies new releases of Apple operating systems (imagine that).
So what's so great about Windows 10? Well I have seen a couple of demonstrations of a couple of different pre-release versions, and it looks Windows 8ish, but it does come with an all new browser Microsoft is calling 'Microsoft Edge', and it also offers touch, type and write capabilities (if your hardware complies), and it is 'supposedly multi-platform compliant' (aka: can run on PC, and tablets and perhaps even a future phone. I'm sure all of that, and the rest of the hype is sufficient to garner the attention of a lot of people, but some people will choose to stay away as far and as long as possible. And with a free offer, how many people will jump at that?
One of the upgrade offers from Microsoft reads, "Yes, free! ... this Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial." Some individuals report that they have had 'prompts' from within Windows or Microsoft Email offers to download (and install) the new operating system.
Now 'anything free' always sounds like a GREAT DEAL, but is it really. Even though this is a 'full copy' rather than a trial version, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is a full production version as will be released on July 29 (almost 2 months away), it may still have technical issues (yes, what we call 'bugs') that you may have to contend with; and even if it doesn't, can you run your other software under the new operating system?
I am always amazed when someone calls me as asks, "why doesn't my QuickBooks run on this new computer (with the newest MS-OS)?" Well, how could a program that was written more than a year ago, that underwent Alpha and Best tests a year ago, and was release only 9 months ago, be expected to run under a new OS that hasn't even be formally released yet! I mean do you see anywhere in these operating system requirements for QuickBooks 2015 any mention of Windows 10?
So will QuickBooks 2015 run under Windows 10 - maybe or maybe not. I don't know, I haven't tested it yet (although I bet Charlie has). Should you count on QuickBooks 2015 to run under Windows 10, without any flaws - I wouldn't count on any software to run under Windows 10 on day one without flaws!
Will older versions of QuickBooks (before 2015) run under Windows 10, why would you even bother to ask that question?
Should you go ahead and accept the free offer and download the Windows 10 copy Microsoft is giving away?
Well if you like being a
then go ahead, download Windows 10, and just see what happens to QuickBooks.
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