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Microsoft Canada – Upgrade to Windows 10 and #UpgradeYourWorld

Today is a great day for Windows users in Canada. Today is the day that Microsoft Canada releases its Windows 10 upgrade! This highly anticipated upgrade brings back favourites not seen in Windows 8.1, plus some extras. Microsoft Canada is celebrating this momentous occasion with their #UpgradeYourWorld campaign. So I want to know how do you upgrade your world?


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Microsoft Canada – Upgrade Your Windows

Microsoft Canada released Windows 10 today, and the roll out is simply awesome. For one thing, they’ve brought back the start menu that Windows users know and love, making the interface far easier for a lot of users than the Windows 8.1 interface. This is a great example of listening to their consumers, in my opinion.

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In addition to bringing back everything we loved about Windows 7, Windows 10 will introduce new features like Microsoft Edge, Continuum, and Cortana (available this fall). One other exciting thing to note is that all genuine Windows 7, Window 8.1, and Windows 8.1 Phone users can upgrade to Window 10 for free during the full year after its launch! And Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 for the device’s lifetime! That means we’re free to jump on the band wagon now, or wait a bit. It also means that we’re protected after that, as well. Thanks Microsoft Canada!

Microsoft Canada – #UpgradeYourWorld

To celebrate the Windows 10 launch and the free upgrade, Microsoft is launching an initiative called #UpgradeYourWorld. This is all about making our world a better place. Microsoft will help 10 global and 100 local non-profit organizations achieve greatness by investing more than $10 million in cash and technology to help catapult these deserving organizations into high gear.

Using hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld, you can tag Windows Canada (@WindowsCanada) and tell them about the people or organizations in your community which are empowering others to do great things. You can also tell Microsoft Canada how you would upgrade your world, as well.

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How I Plan to Upgrade My World

My kids both have Microsoft Windows software on the computers I bought them last Christmas. So we will get in on the free upgrade to Windows 10 first of all. That’s one way we will upgrade our lives. But in a more general way, how do we upgrade our world and make that a life philosophy?

If you are one of my return readers, then you already know that I spend a lot of time advocating for causes that are near and dear to my heart. To me, upgrading my world means leaving it a better place and using my voice to speak up for others. I can upgrade my home, and build nice surroundings for my family, but none of that matters if we don’t leave the world a better place for the future.

I help run a post adoption support group in my city. As an adoptive parent and a person concerned about child welfare issues and special needs children, I often write about that here. I also often speak out, attending pre-budget sessions and relevant political meetings where it’s important that my voice be heard. Throughout the year, every year, I try to be a sounding board for other parents struggling to help their kids. Kids who arrive in their homes through adoption and the child welfare system often carry a good deal of baggage. Some have lifelong special needs as a result of poor pre and post-natal circumstances. I support two patient groups of people managing infertility. I enjoy helping to be their voice on line as they fight for better awareness and funding for infertility treatment. Those are two or three examples of ways I have been helping to upgrade the world for years now.

This past year, I travelled with World Vision Canada around several of their ADPs in Colombia. After that amazing experience I told several of the stories and my family made the decision to sponsor a child in a community called Cali, which was just one of the spaces I visited with the charity. Doing that, and supporting World Vision Canada longterm now is a way that I upgrade my world.

How will you upgrade your world?

This post has been generously sponsored by Microsoft. My opinion is all my own.

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.


  • Jeanine

    I am on the list for windows 10. I’m looking forward to upgrading. But I’m a little nervous, I’m not too good with change!

  • Michele

    I am still using Windows 7 or at least partially–I think some guy upgraded me to Windows 8 at some point. I am in the US and I hope they do the same thing here!

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Thanks for the reminder. I will have to check my computer to make sure that I have upgraded.

  • Gingermommy

    I have been upgrading my world more by traveling with the family whenever I can. I got the pop up last week with the free upgrade but have not yet done it as I am always nervous about change

    • Paula

      I understand that as a blogger too. Sometimes upgrades are scary. I have no concerns with this one – it seems like it will bring added value to the other computers here.

  • Amanda Ripsam

    Oh my so don’t want to up grade to window’s 10 just do to the cost of it all and having to take a bit of time that I don’t have to learn where everything is at. My husband has Window’s 10 on his computer but he has a degree in computer networking and helps people solve their computer problems for a living. I however have the notion if it’s not broken don’t fix it. I love that it’s a Canada campaign because I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario Canada. I live in Michigan now though.

  • mburbage

    I tried uploading, I had a chance to upgrade for free but it said it wouldn’t work on any of my computers. Which is surprising since both my computers are relatively new. Such a bummer, maybe the next windows!

  • Pam

    My husband just mentioned this to me last night and I need to make sure I follow up on this. I am excited and looking forward to the upgrade.

  • April G

    I signed up for a Windows 10 upgrade. We’ll see how much it improves my experience. My son has it and I can definitely say that I find his computer easier to navigate than mine at times.

  • Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    I’ve been hearing so much about the Windows 10 upgrade, I’m really eager to see what it entails. I’m US, so I guess I’ll wait.

  • Jennifer Williams

    I am upgrading my world by getting a back up generator installed so when winter comes we are ready. My husband and I both work in IT and we never upgrade when the it is first released. We spend our entire day fixing issues from the upgrades so when we get home we do not want to have to have a battle on our hands. We wait until the bugs are worked out and things seem to be stable.

  • Lisa Rios

    I have heard a lot about Windows 10 upgrade as it has been making news very frequently for past couple of months. I am pretty sure the new update is going to be amazing as this could be one of the biggest changes made to Windows OS over all. Can’t wait!

  • addi ganley

    I upgrade my world by being kind to others and showing people that a little kindness goes a long way. I also upgraded to windows 10 and so far I am very happy with it.