Bing Search vs Google Search
Windows 7 user Jim Hale said he keeps getting "Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free" notices from Microsoft, and asks how long the offer will last. Well, Microsoft hasnít posted an official expiration date, but they will definitely keep Win7/8.1 users appropriately apprised.
Speaking of Win10, I feel secure now in saying, "Itís OK to accept the free upgrade offer." The operating system has gotten much better in recent weeks and has become more stable and user-friendly.
As an example, Win10 boots up, restarts, and shuts down faster than any version of Windows Iíve previously used.
However, Microsoft continues to do things that frustrate me. One would assume that finding an answer to a question about Windows would be logically accomplished by going to Microsoft Bing and typing in the question. However, I get better results by doing a Google search.
When I ask a question on Bing, Iím shown a number of blogs or forums where members have asked similar questions. Then Iím expected to sort through the various replies, hoping to find that one will be the answer to my question.
With Google, however, a Windows-related question usually leads to a definitive answer ó often one that was actually posted by Microsoft.
Something frequently seen on Win10 PCs are promos that ask users to purchase various Microsoft products, such as Office 365. This is a version of Microsoft Office that you "rent" on a monthly basis. Depending on which version you choose, youíll pay from $5 to $12.50 per month.
For one year, $5 would be less than buying the cheapest version of Microsoft Office ó but it would then become increasingly more expensive over time.
Personally, I prefer Google Drive, the free Microsoft Office-compatible equivalent that comes with many additional features.
Regarding Win10, it really does have many more useful options than any previous Windows version. In fact, Iíve found old-fashioned "experimenting" to be the quickest and easiest way to learn about these features.
However, one experiment locked up my keyboard and made it useless.
I was checking out Win10ís "Accessibility Options" (tools to make PCs easier for users with physical limitations) to see if they differed from those in earlier versions of Windows. No, theyíre mostly the same as before.
Along the way, I accidentally turned on the "Sticky Keys" option, which is supposed to make it easier for persons who have difficulty pressing certain keys simultaneously (such as CTRL+ALT+DEL) by allowing them to press the keys one at a time.
Activating the "Sticky Keys" option turned my keyboard into a useless chunk of plastic. I donít know if the problem is in my keyboard or in the command, but Iíd recommend leaving "Sticky Keys" turned OFF (which is how I fixed the problem).
By the way, the CTRL+ALT+DEL command is very handy when you encounter a typing glitch that canít be easily fixed by any other method. It lets you "Switch Programs" or "Shut Down," among other things.