If you follow our blog, you may have seen a recent post about Windows 10. According to Jerry Nixon, Windows 10 will be “the last Windows release ever needed.” Additionally, the latest version will end the infamous “Patch Tuesday” – Microsoft’s scheduled patches to its existing operating systems.
So, when will this highly anticipated version of Windows be available? Microsoft announced, on their blog, that Windows 10 will be released on July 29th as a free upgrade to all Windows users.
The tech company not only had a date, but also revealed some of the features that would be available, including the following:
- Cortona is a personal digital assistant, like Siri and Google Now. According to Microsoft, “Cortona learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access information, and important reminders.” The personal assistant will be available on PC and smartphone.
- Microsoft Edge is a new browser that has features you could have only dreamed of on Internet Explorer, including “built-in commenting on the web – via typing or inking – sharing comments, and reading view that makes reading websites much faster and easier.” Integrated with Cortona, you can easily search, get results, and content.
- Office on Windows: The Office 2016 suite will allow Windows 10 users access to Excel, PowerPoint, and Word across devices. With a “touch-first experience,” you can “easily create and edit Word documents, and deliver PowerPoint presentations while annotating on the fly.”
- Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App: The Xbox Live gaming network will be available on Windows 10 PC and tablets. According to Microsoft, you can “communicate with your friends…capture, edit, and share your greatest gamming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices.”
- Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail, and Calendar Apps will have a new look to is “familiar from app to app and device to device.”
- Windows Continuum will allow you to transform your laptop or 2-in-1 devices from one to the other – going from PC to tablet smoothly or even plugging your smartphone to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor and using it like a PC.
- Windows Hello is biometric authentication that uses “your face, iris, or finger [to provide] instant recognition.”
Windows Store is much like the Apple Store or Google Store, and allows you to purchase, install or uninstall applications from your devices.
Watch the video, released by Microsoft, to learn more about Windows 10. And don’t forget, the free upgrade will be available for Windows users on July 29th.
*If you receive the above prompt on your Windows machine, please give your managed service provider or SeedSpark a call. Upgrading may effect applications that rely on older versions of Windows to run properly.