One week from today, Windows 10 will arrive. I'm not going to wait. I'm putting it all on the line, starting today.
Today, I'm upgrading my personal computers to Windows 10 — a Lenovo ThinkPad X240 laptop, and a homebuilt desktop gaming PC. These are not machines provided by Gawker Media or review units from Microsoft, they're computers I bought and paid for with my very own money. They're my livelihood, my primary source of entertainment, and they're where I keep my private files. And I'm not going to do a damn thing to safeguard any of that. I'm just going to install Windows.
You see, I've already been using the Windows 10 preview on and off for months, on an HP Spectre x360. But it's not the same. It's like learning a foreign language: even if you know the words, it can feel make-believe. Until you actually go visit the country and realise that those words mean things, and you're forced to use those meanings in order to survive, it doesn't quite sink in.
Now, I'm going to review Windows the way most of you will experience Windows too — on your own computer, hoping against hope that everything will magically get better, and none of it will get worse. That all your files will be safe. That all your applications will just work.
With my fellow Gizmodo staffers — the ones who enjoy Windows, anyhow — I'll tell you which parts of the new operating system feel useful and wonderful, and which parts suck. Which things we miss after migrating from Windows 8 (and maybe Windows 7), and which stupid annoyances have gotten better. And of course, we'll document all the surprises we uncover.
For the rest of this week, counting down to the launch of Windows 10 on July 29, we'll bite the bullet for you. By the time your own upgrade rolls around, you'll hopefully have a decent idea of whether it's time to pull the trigger.
And we'll keep on adding our Windows 10 impressions even after launch. Because, let's face it, there's way more to a new operating system than a new browser, a new user interface and an omnipresent voice assistant. Besides, telling you which features are included doesn't help you nearly as much as telling you what it's like to live with them.