I predicted this 18 months ago....but today at a tech conference in China, Microsoft has announced that its new Windows 10 Operating System will be free to anyone using Windows 7 or later. Previous articles mentioned that Windows 10 was floating the idea of a subscription service, but 18 months ago, Apple announced that they were doing away with the pay-for-operating-system structure, and Microsoft is wise to follow suit.
Last quarter Microsoft’s revenue from consumer licensing accounted for only 16 percent of the company revenue, down from 23 percent the previous year. With Apple and Google Chromebooks slowly eating into Microsoft’s market share, a non-paying customer is better than no customer at all.
As I mused earlier, the business world, for the most part, runs on Microsoft Office. It's a smart move for Apple; it would be equally so for Microsoft.
A while back, I sent out a survey to the community find out if there was interest in Hyattville for a few basic Computer courses, and here are the classes that got the most votes, along with their presentation schedules:
March 10 - Course 1: MS Office Tips (Word, Excel, Powerpoint – the Big 3). Most of these tips can also be applied to Google Docs or Open Office – Word, so don’t hesitate to join in this class if you don’t have Microsoft Office. Other document options (Google or Apache's free version of Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
March 17 - Course 2: Storing information on "the Cloud", and Accessing your information from any device (home computer, tablet, phone)
March 24 - Course 3: Mobile Device Basics (smart phones, tablets, iPads)
March 31 - Course 4: Introduction to Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc): The importance of "owning" your own name on these platforms
April 7 - Course 5: Overview of the variety of internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari) and Safe Practices for using the Internet
Each class will take place in the Hyattville Community Center Library at 6:00 pm.
Course cost is $5.00 and Handouts will be provided.
The library has open wi-fi that all are welcome to use for the training.
What to bring: You do not have to bring a computer along to attend. If you have a desktop computer at home, you can still attend and receive the tip sheets, and try what you have learned at home.
Please RSVP if you plan on attending so that we know how many settings and printouts to provide.