I’ve been running Windows 10 in a Hyper-V virtual machine for a few months now, but the other day I decided to upgrade my laptop, which I work with!!! I can honestly say that it was a massive surprise to see how smooth the upgrade went. All drivers on my Lenovo Flex 2-15 were upgraded and I’m yet to see a crash. I run Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2015, Office 2013, Skype, OneDrive, GitHub, TortoiseGit, Facebook, SQL Server 2014 and a lot of other programs. Granted, I haven’t tested all of my applications, but so far they’ve all worked as I was hoping for. My laptop has a full HD touch screen, and the new standard font Segoe and the spacing used, makes it such a delight to look at, compared to Windows 8.x. Don’t get me wrong I was one of those that actually liked Windows 8, but this is so much better and the speed of it is just awesome. I do have a 400GB SSD Samsung EVO drive installed, but this release just is faster than Windows 8 on the same hardware. How is that for a pre-release version, eh? Oh, almost forgot, the new Edge browser, previously known as project Spartan, is so much faster and better than IE (IE 11 is still installed), given that the backwards compatibility has been removed.
My Nokia Lumia smartphones (735, 830, 1520) have been running a pre-release version of Windows 10 Mobile for the last few months, and that hasn’t been the same revelation. I have been close to tears at times, because I just couldn’t use any of them for a specific task, such as email (Outlook Mail) or even texting and calling someone. However, the latest build, which I installed after first flashing the devices back to Windows Phone 8.1 (Windows Phone Recovery Tool 2.1.1), and then upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, is a different beast. I don’t recommend to anyone but the geeks, but it is slick and the performance improvement is there to see and feel.
If you want to take it for a spin yourself, go to the Windows Insider page, https://insider.windows.com/. Good luck and do enjoy!
—————————- UPDATE June 8, 2015 —————————-
Now running build version 10162 on my laptop, and the speed and stability has definitely increased, getting close to RTM. 🙂
On my phone I’m running the Mobile build 10149 and it is, surprise, surprise, the most stable so far. Still some rough edges, but I’m not going back to Windows Phone 8.1 on any of my devices!