Windows 10, Microsoft’s new Operating system for multiple devices will hit markets by July 29, 2015. Microsoft has announced that “Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows OS“. Means that, there will be no Windows 11 or Windows 12. Instead, the Windows 10 OS will be periodically updated. There is a good news for existing Windows users. The new Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users.
What’s new in Windows 10? – Features review
- Microsoft Cortana
Microsoft Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant created by Microsoft for Windows 8.1 and targeted on Smart phones. The good news is Windows 10 will be running Cortana on all platforms; PCs, Tablets as well as Smart phones. Cortana is similar to Siri (iOS platform). She keep track of things that interest you, make helpful suggestions, and remind you of meetings and appointments. It remembers everything just like your personal assistant and reminds everything at the right time. Cortana can make funny chats with you when you are free. She also helps you to stay with the people you care most. Based on the reminders she reminds you, of your dear one’s birthday/to congratulate a friend on his job promotion when he/she is calling.
You can get more details of Cortana from Microsoft website.
- More Faster and Simpler
Windows 10 combines the strengths of Windows 7 and Windows 8. The start menu is back in expanded form. There are more pinned apps and favourites. The new OS starts and resumes much faster compared to the predecessors. It also has more built in security features to keep you safe. Windows 10 will update automatically once installed. There is no option to turn off automatic updates.
- Microsoft Edge browser
Instead of the conventional internet explorer browser, Windows 10 will incorporate the new Edge browser. The edge browser comes with lot of inbuilt features. When you type on the address bar, it will give suggestions from the web, bookmarks, favourites and history. A hub is provided where you can see your bookmarks, history, downloads, everything all together. Writing and reading on web has got more easier with Microsoft edge. Also, the Cortana, Edge duo can do things better(fast and simple) than you think.
- Windows Store – One stop shop
Brand new Windows Store will give you great shopping experience regardless of the device you are using. On PC’s, tablets or smartphones, it is now more easy to purchase apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.
- Multi tasking in a single view
With the new Windows 10, you can snap upto 4 apps and see all the tasks in a single view. This will help you moniter and do tasks more faster.
Windows 10 Free Upgrade for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Users
The exciting news about Windows 10 is that, existing Windows users will get it as a free upgrade. This offer is valid for one year; till July 29, 2016. To avail the free upgrade, your system should be running either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you are using Windows 8, quickly upgrade to Windows 8.1. The editions excluded from the free upgrade are Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1.
To get the free upgrade on July 29th, you should reserve it on the official website. When you reserve, you get confirmation that your device is compatible with Windows 10 and it will notify you when the update is ready to install.
You can clear your doubts about Windows 10 free upgrade from here: Windows 10 FAQ’s
Windows 10 free update for Windows 8 RT/Enterprise versions
Once again, Microsoft has made Windows 8 RT/Enterprise users unhappy. A free upgrade to Windows 8.1 was expected last year when the predecessor arrived. The condition is worst this time. All the existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can avail the free upgrade to the brand new Windows 10. As you know, the Windows 8 RT/Enterprise users cannot upgrade to Windows 8.1 version, the only solution is to get back to Windows 7 for a free Windows 10 upgrade. If you can get a Windows 7/8.1 genuine key, that’s it. Else you will be forced to buy a paid version of Windows 10.
I am facing the same issue with Windows 8 RT version. I can’t upgrade to Windows 8.1. So, will be Windows 10. I have an old Windows 7 genuine key that I was using before I activated my Windows 8 enterprise version. So, I will try switching back to Windows 7. Updating it can probably bring me the offer about free Windows 10 upgrade. If you have any other trick that work, please let everyone know. It will really help.
Stay tuned for more Windows 10 news and updates.