Today, let’s all take a look at the depreciated features for Windows 10. Since my PC already has the Get Windows 10 button on it (not sure when it showed up, exactly), it’s probably a good idea to make sure that upgrading isn’t going to take away something that you need before you have the chance to find an alternative.
If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.
Wait, who has a floppy drive?!
The Windows specifications page itself (including depreciated features) can be found here. You can also find required system specs, all of the languages available and important notes.
More New Stuff
A new feature was announced as well: A partnership with AllJoyn. The open source software was created by a group of companies canned the AllSeen Alliance. The Allseen Alliance is a group of more than 150 companies that are working together to establish a standard for smart household items. Basically, Windows 10 is going to come with the controls to work with your smart home items, should you have any. In effect, they would become almost plug-and-play.
… when the user tells the system they are going to bed, AllJoyn can do a quick scan of all its connected devices and make sure everything is as it should be. So, if the garage door is still open, Alljoyn will not only alert users, but the system will also ask if it should close the door (provided that an AllJoyn-connected door opener is on the network, of course).
Considering I’m that Mom that forgets to turn the oven off after cooking so often that my oldest wanders into the kitchen to check after dinner, nightly… And worries that when she goes off to college, I’m going to burnt he house down, this could be rather awesome.
And you, laughing? You can shut it, it’s not funny.
And get this, Window’s Cortana will also be available on Android and iOS, which means that integration between different types of devices in theory, for smart homes, could be easy.
Ooo, Siri has competition. We should have an AI war, fight to the virtual death! Okay, I’m leaving, don’t rush me…