With OS X 10.10 Yosemite released today, the question many Mac users will be asking right now is: Should I upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite? Here, we help you decide by providing all the information you'll need to make an educated choice about whether the new operating system is right for you.

As expected, OS X Yosemite, which has been in beta form since it was unveiled at WWDC 2014 in June, will be released to the public in its final form today following Apple's special event on 16 October, so now's the time to decide whether you'll be upgrading.

Here's how to get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite. Read our Yosemite pros and cons.

When can I download Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

As mentioned above, Apple unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite during its WWDC 2014 event in June, and beta testers (including one million members of the public) have been using it ever since to help Apple iron out the bugs.

During its 16 October special event, Apple announced that OS X Yosemite is coming out today, so you'll be able to download it any minute now.

Mavericks vs Yosemite: What new features does OS X 10.10 Yosemite have?

Of course, the real question is: What does Yosemite give me that Mavericks doesn't? Apple has introduced lots of new features, and you can find out all about them in our various Yosemite articles by following the links below.

OS X Mavericks vs OS X Yosemite: What's the difference?10 amazing OS X Yosemite features
How to turn on Yosemite's Dark Mode
Everything you need to know about Yosemite's Safari app
Everything you need to know about Yosemite's Mail app
Everything you need to know about Yosemite's Calendar app
Everything you need to know about Yosemite's Photos app
Complete guide to OS X Yosemite's Continuity features
10 OS X Yosemite tips & tricksOS X Yosemite icons vs Mavericks icons

Where can I get Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

Mac OS X Yosemite can be installed via Software Update and the Mac App Store. This means, if you don't have Snow Leopard and the Mac App Store you'll be unable to upgrade to Yosemite until Snow Leopard has been installed.

Yosemite is a free upgrade, so there's no need to worry about coughing up your hard-earned cash.

Can I install Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite on my Mac?

In addition to needing Snow Leopard or later installed on your machine, you'll also need to have a Mac that's in Apple's list of compatible computers. You can find out whether your Mac is supported by Mavericks here: OS X Yosemite system requirements