After revealing its newest operating system back in September of last year, Microsoft has finally announced the Windows 10 release date – and the much-ballyhooed return of the Start button – both of which will be available to the world on July 29.
And, as promised, it will be free.
For months, Microsoft has been building up the anticipation for Windows 10. The company boasts the newest version of Windows will work across multiple devices, seamlessly transitioning from your tablet, PC, phone and others. The company says on the Windows blog:
“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.”
Microsoft claims Universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook will help make the transition across a range of devices easy and “touch-first.” That means users can create and edit documents, presentations, or spreadsheets on their Windows mobile devices without the need of a mouse or keyboard.
Windows 10 will be bringing back the Start menu for users who missed the familiarity of that feature.
Cortana, a personal digital assistant similar to Siri, will be coming with Windows 10, too. Cortana learns your personal preferences to provide recommendations, information, and reminders. Cortana can be used by text or talk.
For those interested in security, Windows 10 will include Windows Defender. This anti-malware software will come free with Windows 10 and will also offer free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.
Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for Windows PCs or tablets running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 starting July 29. You can reserve your own Windows 10 upgrade by clicking an icon in the system tray at the bottom of your screen, pictured below.
The upgrade will be available for other devices later this year. If you happen to buy a new Windows 8.1 device between now and the release date, you can still upgrade. Microsoft says that many retail stores will help you upgrade your new device, too. You can get more details on upgrading to Windows 10 at Microsoft.com.
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