Windows 10 launch draws a small crowd of Microsoft diehards

IDG News Service | Jul 29, 2015

There was a line outside the Boston Microsoft store for the launch of Windows 10, but not everyone was waiting for the new OS.

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There was a line outside the Boston Microsoft store for the launch of Windows 10, but not everyone was waiting for the new OS.

The normally lightly trafficked Microsoft Store in Boston saw larger crowds for Windows 10 launch day. About 30 people were in line when the store opened and many of them were waiting for tickets to meet an NHL hockey player later in the day. Most left after getting the free passes, but there were a few Microsoft die hards.

Ashley Kwon
Second in line at Boston store, won Xbox One
I'm just a Microsoft fan so see the Windows 10 update and all that. So I actually got up at 2 am to update 3 of my machines already.

Kwon won an Xbox One in a raffle while waiting in line. He already has one of the consoles, but will use his new one on another TV. He's most looking forward to Contiuum.

Ashley Kwon
Second in line at Boston store, won Xbox One
Mine is Contiuum both on the tablet version and the phone version because the idea of being able to use desktop apps when on the desktop and tablet apps when on a tablet. If it's intuitive enough it seems like it will save a lot of work.

Contiuum is supposed to detect what machine you're running and adapt the look and apps. Windows 8 was criticized for being too accommodating to tablet users.

The upgrade to Windows 10 is free to users of 7 and 8.1, but make sure you do it in a year. After that, it starts at 119 dollars, the same amount users on older OSes will need to pay now.

In line from 5 am, another Microsoft fan is looking forward to the improved start menu.

Louis Ciano, III
First in line at Boston store
I mean everyone is interested in the start menu. The new start menu is the hybrid of 7 and 10; 7 and 8 rather. It makes it very usable for me. I've been on the Insider program to take a look at it and I really liked it, but also the Cortana apps and being able to unify between phone and all your devices it really has me intrigued.

As one of the 5 million members of the Windows Insider program, Ciano has been testing the final version of Windows 10 for about two weeks.

Windows 10 sees the return of the traditional start menu in the lower left corner. It adds live tiles which will automatically update to display new information.

Cortana, the voice assistant from Windows Phone 8.1 will make its way onto desktops. It's supposed to help users find information and files using natural language input.

Windows 10 will almost say goodbye to Internet Explorer in favor of Edge. IE will be tucked away inside 10 for use by developers. Edge is a brand new browser that Microsoft says is built for speed and surfing the modern web.

So far reviews of the new OS are mostly favorable. It appears that the company is back on track after a bungled Windows 8.

Microsoft hopes that 1 billion devices will be running Windows 10 in three years. Start the clock.