It was back in September last year that Microsoft surprised everyone by revealing the name of its upcoming OS – Windows 10. Now, after months of iterating and building out features with the help of Windows Insiders, the company has finally launched Windows 10 to the general public.
Windows 10 will be available as an update to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for free across 190 countries starting today. Starting today, you’ll also be able to buy devices from OEMs such as Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer that come pre-loaded with the latest Windows software.
With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing back the focus on non-touch devices. The company has brought back the Start menu, Taskbar and Desktop making it easier to use devices with a keyboard, mouse and trackpad.
Not only has Microsoft upgraded its infamous Defender, it has also debuted Windows Hello which provides passwordless entry into a device by making use of facial recognition tech or even a fingerprint if the required hardware is available.
Microsoft has enabled voice, pen and gesture input so that users can make use of the full potential of their hybrid and touch devices. Further, the company has launched Cortana, its digital assistant on the desktop, allowing users to find the right information at the right time.
Continuum is the other big addition to Windows 10, which allows for apps to be optimized perfectly for use in both touch and desktop modes. This is the singular feature that ties in Microsoft’s vision of hybrid devices that are built for productivity and portability.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has finally replaced Internet Explorer has has launched its new browser called Edge. The browser supports a reading mode, and even allows users to draw on web pages themselves in order to share or save for later.
Apart from making the Xbox app available on the PC which offers an Xbox like experience, Windows 10 also bring DirectX 12 which can provide much better performance in scenarios where developers had been bound by a CPUs performance before.
Runs on Everything
Windows 10 isn’t just a desktop OS. By building on much the same platform for phones, tablets and PCs, app developers will be able to take advantage of building one app that runs perfectly on all types of devices. Further, IoT versions of Windows 10 and even wearables such as Holo Lens will be powered by Windows 10.
The Windows 10 update is now rolling out to PCs with genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed on them. For business customer, Windows 10 will begin rolling out from August 1, and for enterprise and education clients, the Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education updates are out.