So in a new leak Microsoft is rumored to plan on releasing a “major” update regarding WMD somewhere around March-May of 2019, nearly 6-8 months ahead of earlier rumors. At this point I suggest that anyone who will leave Microsoft and Windows 10 when they start charging the monthly fee to start making arrangements.
I have had many conversations with my family and several of my friends on a course of action. I will present the 3 points we discussed.
1) I Installing Android or Linux on a Dell Venue. Although you will find those who have managed to get the OS installed it was not without challenges and in the end failure. In a partnership with Microsoft OEM computer companies are producing devices that will only run Windows and rumor has it that when Microsoft releases WMD all OEM hardware will be proprietary to Windows only.
2) Apply devices. I have to admit I was anti-Apple most of...well all of their existence. Why, because their OS was proprietary to their hardware and they charged too much for their devices, now that Microsoft is moving to that same format my reason for dislike is spread even. Due to years of disdain of Apple I have never learned anything about them. I mean I do not know what is even current in their tablet market or laptops. I do not have any working knowledge of Apple at all. So for me and my family we will have to pass Apple by.
3) Android + Windows 7 or Linux. Well this 3rd option may end up the most popular. For home use we will use Windows 7 computers set to NOT check for updates and never check for updates. This also means practicing “Safe Browsing”. It’s something everyone should do anyway but there is added reason to do so after January 2020 since Microsoft does not intend to update Windows 7 and this includes Defender. So avoid the following sites, gambling, online gaming, coupon discount sites, some free software sites, all sites with .ru at the end, to good to be true sites, porn sites, free stuff sites, etc. If you use Google Chrome or Firefox you can install addons that alert you to dangerous sites. For tablet use we will be returning to Android. I have been doing research (we used Android before Windows 10 was released) and have found the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1" to be what we will return to. My family intends to get the one with the S-Pen. (Samsung if you read this you can send me 3 to review)
Microsoft could not financially survive too long with giving Windows 10 away and this was not without talk in the days that Microsoft was giving it away, but it still is frustrating and disappointing. I enjoy my Windows 10 tablet and with the continued rumors of the impending released of WMD my family and I may make the move sooner then expected.