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News hardware & software 29 July 2015, 13:55

author: Goral

Windows 10 Makes Its Market Debut

Windows 10, the newest OS from Microsoft, has entered the market. During the first year of sales all Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users can upgrade their OSs for free.

The official debut of Microsoft’s newest OS – the Windows 10 – took place today. The new OS should be available in most computer stores by now, but you can find lots of hardware with Windows 10 pre-installed as well. But wait, there’s more. Microsoft made the new OS available for free to every person owning Windows 7, 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1. Should this category include yourselves, you may have perhaps noticed a dedicated windows toolbar icon which allows you to subscribe for an OS upgrade (available also as an ISO image file on this Microsoft website). The upgrades will be carried out gradually so don’t worry if you don’t see the upgrade notification just yet.

The upgrades will begin with the users taking part in the Windows Insider program. However, since the new OS debuted simultaneously in 190 countries, the waiting list will be long. Detailed instructions on how to upgrade your OS can be found here.

Windows 10 in short:
  • New Microsoft OS for stationary and mobile platforms;
  • Available for free for first year after release for all current Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users;
  • Offers various improvements, including a new web browser, DirectX 12 libraries support, a dedicated Xbox App and a user recognition system - Windows Hello - among others.

Ok then, but is another Microsoft OS truely worth it? Well, since after the upgrade you should have no problems rolling back to your previous OS version, it won’t hurt to try (if you’re authorized to download the free upgrade, of course).

The 10 introduces a number of novelties, including a new web browser - Microsoft Edge or a Windows Store App supported by all devices that have Windows 10 installed. For gamers we have a dedicated Xbox App providing a simple way to record gameplay videos (Game DVR) or stream games from Xbox One to PCs and tablets. You can’t forget about the upcoming games, obviously, (including i.e. Fable Legends), but the most anticipated change should be the support of DirectX 12 libraries which is bound to improve performance of many things.

This doesn’t cover everything that Windows 10 has up its sleeve. For example, we have yet to mention the AI assistant Cortana (currently available only in selected countries), the new Start menu that will allow to create virtual desktops, the user recognition system – Windows Hello and many more. Finally, we have for you some promo videos introducing the new OS’s features and we wish you a pleasant Windows experience.

Last update: 2015-07-29

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