Brings back Start menu, comes with Hello, Passport, Defender
Also features Cortana personal digital assistant, all-new Edge browser
MICROSOFT Corp announced that Windows 10 will be available to 190 countries on July 29, as a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on qualified devices.
Windows 10 will help people be more productive and have more fun, with a personal and natural experience that works across all their devices, Microsoft claimed.
Windows 10 brings back the Start menu, and Windows Hello, Microsoft Passport and Windows Defender for anti-malware protection, and a commitment to deliver free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device, the company said in a statement.
The Cortana personal digital assistant helps people get things done across all their devices, learning individual preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information and important reminders via talking or typing.
Windows Hello greets people by name and lets them log in to their PC without a password – providing instant, more secure access to their Windows 10 devices through biometric authentication.
Windows 10 also lets people interact with their device via the traditional mouse and keyboard, or through more natural ways such as voice, pen or gesture.
Microsoft Edge (pic below), the all-new browser, offers built-in inking, sharing and reading views. With Cortana integrated, Microsoft Edge offers quick results and content based on individual interests and preferences, the company claimed.
With the Office 2016 full-featured desktop suite (sold separately), new Universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook will offer a consistent, touch-first experience across a range of devices.
Meanwhile, Continuum enables devices to transform from a tablet to a PC, and back; or for a Windows phone to become like a PC.
Xbox on Windows 10 brings the Xbox Live gaming network to both Windows 10 PCs and tablets. People can communicate with their friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One while playing any PC game, and share content using Game DVR.
People can also stream games directly from their Xbox One console to a Windows 10 tablet or PC in their homes.
Games developed for DirectX 12 in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability.
On July, people can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on new Windows 10 devices.
New Windows 8.1 devices will also easily upgrade to Windows 10, and many retail stores will help upgrade new devices, Microsoft said.
Starting immediately, people can reserve their free upgrade if they choose. More information is available here and at Windows.com. Windows 10 for other devices will be available later this year.
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