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Windows 10: NYC Debut, Hands-On Demo

InformationWeek marked the July 29 Windows 10 launch with a visit to New York City's Microsoft specialty store. Here, we take you through our firsthand experiences with Windows 10.
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New York Launch 
InformationWeek wanted to see whether the launch was generating consumer excitement, so we stopped by the Microsoft specialty store located in a mall near New York City's Columbus Circle.
Microsoft used to have a pop-up store in New York's Times Square, which closed prior to the February 2013 launch of the Surface Pro. A new flagship store will open later this fall on Fifth Ave., but until then the kiosk in Columbus Circle is the largest Microsoft store in Manhattan.
Despite its size and location on the mall's third floor, there was a decent midafternoon crowd trying out Windows 10 on laptops and Surface devices. According to a Microsoft rep on the scene, the store saw a large wave of traffic during rush hour, and larger launch celebrations at full Microsoft retail stores are seeing big crowds.

New York Launch

InformationWeek wanted to see whether the launch was generating consumer excitement, so we stopped by the Microsoft specialty store located in a mall near New York City's Columbus Circle.

Microsoft used to have a pop-up store in New York's Times Square, which closed prior to the February 2013 launch of the Surface Pro. A new flagship store will open later this fall on Fifth Ave., but until then the kiosk in Columbus Circle is the largest Microsoft store in Manhattan.

Despite its size and location on the mall's third floor, there was a decent midafternoon crowd trying out Windows 10 on laptops and Surface devices. According to a Microsoft rep on the scene, the store saw a large wave of traffic during rush hour, and larger launch celebrations at full Microsoft retail stores are seeing big crowds.

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batye
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batye,
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8/3/2015 | 12:54:40 PM
Re: It is going to take a lot to make me upgrade to Windows 10
@progman2000 some of pc's still running windows XP and 98SE - dual boot... but for rest of my pc I will keep them with Win 7 OS....
batye
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8/3/2015 | 12:48:57 PM
Re: Surprise Element
@tzubair, I put on one of my pc Win 10... after few days for me it just glossy case for the same old OS how I see it... with added Start button...
progman2000
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progman2000,
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7/30/2015 | 8:03:46 PM
It is going to take a lot to make me upgrade to Windows 10
Not an early adopter, especially when it comes to Windows operating systems. Can't see myself upgrading to this for at least a couple of years (just recently made the leap from Xp to Win7 on my laptop LOL).
tzubair
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tzubair,
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7/30/2015 | 2:26:39 PM
Cortana
How many of you tried using Cortana on Windows 10 mobile devices or the desktop version? I did try it and it seemed as good as Siri, if not more useful. However, the fact that this app alone can prove to be a game changer and come across as a major feature in the OS release, that remains a big question mark.
tzubair
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7/30/2015 | 2:23:38 PM
Surprise Element
"Even though we knew what was coming, it's exciting to finally see Windows 10 released in full, and we're eager to hear what you think about it."

I am actually surprised that there was no surprise element added to Windows 10. That actually would have made a lot of buzz in the circles and made the launch much more talked about. With the standard and expected features, it is a standard and expected launch - nothing too fancy. 
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