- What is it? A complete update for Windows
- When is it out? Definitely winter, but likely late July 2015
- What will it cost? For Windows 7 and 8.1 users, it will be free for one year
When is the Windows 10 release date?
Whilst the exact date has not officially been announced as yet, inside sources are pegging it to be released as early as late July 2015. What we do know is that, according to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson, the OS “will be available this winter in 190 countries and 111 languages.”
How much will Windows 10 cost?
Myerson announced in January that Windows 10 will be free for Windows 7 and 8.1 users for its first year. While there’s no word on pricing for users still on an older version, Microsoft confirmed a while ago that the two most recent Windows versions will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 directly.
How will I get to download Windows 10?
Thanks to some digging by ZDNet and Windows blog Myce, we’ve learned that – for Windows 7 and 8.1 users – getting Windows 10 will operate much in the same way that new builds are released in the WTP.
The Start menu: bigger, better, stronger
The return of the Start menu that Microsoft teased during its Build 2014 conference and detailed in full at subsequent events has been available for testing in the WTP since October 2014. Replete with a merging of the traditional Windows 7-style interface and Windows 8 Live Tiles, the new Start menu is designed to please both camps: touch and mouse users.
Cortana is warping to the PC
That’s right, Windows 10 will see the spread of Cortana, Microsoft’s Siri and Google Now competitor, into Windows PCs and tablets in addition to phones. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore showed off the new PC-centric features within Cortana during its January reveal event.
Windows 10 and Xbox unite
Microsoft’s Xbox lead Phil Spencer took the stage during Microsoft’s big January event, detailing the Xbox app on Windows 10. The app collects all games played on any Xbox or Windows 10 device, a universal friends list and an activity feed. Every Windows 10 device will have the Xbox app pre-loaded.
Users will be able to record game sessions through the Game DVR tool and share them across the Xbox network. Essentially, Windows 10 will bring the automated recording featured in Xbox One to games played on Windows 10 – even those launched through other apps, like Steam.
Microsoft’s Universal approach
During the January reveal event, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed exactly what the company meant by “Universal apps” (now known as “Windows apps“) when it first showed off Windows 10. Basically, the company is developing special versions of its key apps, like Office, for Windows 10 phones and tablets under 8 inches.
Apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook will look and feel nearly identical to their desktop counterparts, but be optimized for touch and screen size. And through Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, all of your files will be accessible on those devices regardless of where they were created.
Paving the way for enterprise
Going way back to the first-ever Windows 10 reveal in September 2014, Microsoft spoke to enterprise users almost exclusively. “Windows 10 is a very novel approach of separating corporate and personal data across all devices,” Myerson said on stage. “Windows 10 is going to be our greatest enterprise platform, ever.”
Shooting for security
Running the world’s most ubiquitous OS, Microsoft has always taken security quite seriously, often releasing patches daily to its various versions of Windows. Now, the company looks to take its security measures for Windows 10 to the next level, with two-factor authentication (2FA) coming standard on enterprise versions of the OS, the company announced during its September 2014 reveal.