After months of Microsoft teasers and invitations to try the Windows 10 preview, the Redmond giant today gave us the official date of the Windows 10 release. On July 29th it will be available for personal computers and tablets. Microsoft has been telling us, throughout this year that the launch would occur sometime in summer. And, true to their word, they’ve locked down the date.
Included in what some have called the biggest and most controversial operating system release from Redmond in a decade is Edge, the new web browser, the growing more-famous-by-the-day personal assistant, Cortana and, above all, the Start menu that disappeared in Windows 8.1, causing endless consternation too millions. Oh yes, and Candy Crush Saga will be on board also.
Here is Microsoft’s introduction video (7 minutes):
Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft operating systems, stated in his blog today, “We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms. 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.”
The new operating system will work across all Microsoft devices, including PCs, mobile devices, virtual reality headgear and gaming systems. It will be a free upgrade to those running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 as long as they do it within the first year. No, enterprise versions are not included. Still, for Microsoft to allow the free upgrade for one year from the release date is pretty awesome and a first for the computing mammoth from Redmond. For those that buy Windows 10, Newegg.com is advertising prices of $110 for the home edition and $150 for the pro, though some say the pro version will be $199. Even those prices seem low, compared to what an upgrade has cost in years past.
Microsoft is placing a notification into users’ task bars which, when clicked, presents a slideshow of the benefits of Windows 10. Users then have the option of entering their email address to reserve a copy.
So, if you’re ready, reserve your copy, jump on board this summer and join what I’m sure will be millions of us (or possibly billions) for the ride. I, for one, hope that Microsoft does this right and that this release will be a boon to them and a great advantage for all of us consumers.
Source: The Wall Street journal
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