Windows 10 is coming out for public release the end of this month (July 29th to be exact), but that doesn’t mean you have to update right away. In fact, I’d recommend waiting at least a few months, especially if you’re running Agriculture-specific applications installed on your PC.
Sales of new PC’s are way down from last year’s highs, so expect a lot of marketing hype to buy a new computer; But know that you’re not missing out on much. Usually there is a lot of new hardware component technology released with every new version of Windows, but that does not seem to be the case this year. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for current Windows 7 and 8 users for the next year.
Nearly every Ag company with software has a frequently update web page about the software’s system requirements. Many times this information is on a web page with downloads to update said software. Make sure to check with your software provider before upgrading to Windows 10.
Note to those using web apps: If the Ag-specific programs you’re running are accessed via a web browser on the Internet (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) this likely won’t affect you as much, if at all. However, Internet Explorer does receive a major overhaul (and a name change?) for Windows 10. So, if your web app specifically requires Internet Explorer I’d recommend waiting until your software provider approves usage on Windows 10.