It is now official: Microsoft Windows 10 is to be available starting July 29. By the end of July, Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to the new Windows 10 free or buy a new computer with the OS already pre-installed.
The OS release initially will be limited to tablets and phones. An upgrade of Windows 10 for devices that have Windows Phone 8.1 will vary between carriers and phone makers.
Starting on June 1, those who have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can reserve the upgrade through a prompt that will appear on the taskbar of the PC.
When it appears just click the free upgrade and your email to confirm and the upgrade will be automatically downloaded when it is ready. The upgrade requires over 3GB of space.
Those who choose to purchase a device with Windows 8.1 prior to the end of July can also receive the upgrade free.
Microsoft reported in September that the next version of Windows would jump from 8.1 straight to 10. Earlier in 2015, the company unveiled a few consumer features such as Cortana and the revamped Edge browser.
Designed to run on broadest of devices, Windows 10 will be compatible with Microsoft tablets, phones, PCs, Internet of Things, Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens, with them all working together to allow the user to accomplish great things.
The release of Windows 10 marks a return of the Microsoft Start menu, as well as promising faster overall speed and a quicker startup. Window 10 is as the software behemoth says the most secure platform to date.
On July 29, users will be able to start playing with the functions to transition to the new system.
While Microsoft has ditched the regular Patch Tuesday program, it said that Windows 10 would be its last major version of an operating system, the company has promised over time a number of new innovations.
Like the new operating system itself, said Microsoft, the updates will be free for the device’s supported lifetime.
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