If you’ve been waiting for Windows 10, then prepare to be “delightfully surprised.” That’s according to our partners over at The Verge who, like Walt Mossberg and myself, have been nose deep in Windows 10 in recent days (or in Tom Warren’s case, months).
Here are some of their key takeaways, insights and helpful how-tos:
- “Windows has a cycle. Windows XP saved us from Windows ME, Windows 7 saved us from the Windows Vista mess, now Windows 10 is here to save us from Windows 8,” Tom Warren wrote. “Navigating around Windows 10 is also greatly improved.” Other pluses, Warren says: Microsoft has focused on helpful, multi-tasking features in this latest OS, and the built-in apps are much better.
- In a series of interviews leading up to the official launch of Windows 10, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows and devices, tells The Verge that the public feedback over the past nine months has been “daunting.” “You’re putting it out there when it’s not done, then you’re getting all kinds of feedback and stuff that you know is broken,” Myerson said.
- On the mobile side, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore calls Windows Phone 7 and 8 “a couple of, sort of, practice runs. … We now have all the devices lined up. I don’t expect to see the platform change again, in the same way it has before.”
- Looking to upgrade to Windows 10? The Verge’s Jake Kastrenakes gives a how-to here. The tl;dr: If you already own a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then Windows 10 is going to be free and easy. If your computer is really out of date, the process is more, shall we say, complex.
- If you’re curious about Windows 10 but you just can’t even imagine giving up your unapologetically perfect piece of machined aluminum, The Verge’s Micah Singleton has a guide to installing Windows 10 on your Mac. “There are two easy ways to install Windows on a Mac,” he wrote. “You can use a virtualization program … or you can use Apple’s built-in Boot Camp program to partition your hard drive to dual-boot Windows 10 right next to OS X.”
- Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered what a new Web browser looks like personified as a cartoon Russian hunk, here you go.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.