The Windows 10 operating system will be officially launched on 29 July.
Customers with PCs and tablets running Windows 7 or 8.1 are all eligible to upgrade to the new OS for free, after which point they will be automatically upgraded to the latest version of the OS throughout the lifetime of the device.
As a recap, Windows 10 sees the reintroduction of the familiar Start menu, delivers quick startup and resume, and offers high security for users, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection.
The Cortana personal digital assistant comes as standard with Windows 10 and can be used on both PCs and smartphone devices. Cortana learns users’ preferences and provides relevant recommendations and fast access to information.
The upgrade also includes Microsoft Edge, a new browser designed to help users get things done online in a new way, with built-in commenting on the web and a new view option that makes reading websites quicker and easier.
Meanwhile updated Photo, Video, Music, Maps, People, Mail And Calendar apps have been designed to look and feel familiar from app to app and device to device.
Other enhancements include Windows Continuum, which enables quick switching between form factors, and Windows Hello, which greets users by name and lets them log in without a password, providing instant, secure access to devices.
“We designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the internet of things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens — all working together to empower you to do great things,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Operating Systems at Microsoft, in a blog post.
Myerson added: “In addition to these innovations, we will continue to update Windows 10 over time with new innovations to help you be more productive and have more fun.”
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