What’s Ahead for Windows 10 in 2016

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What’s ahead for Windows 10 in 2016? 2016 will mark the first full year for Microsoft’s operating system. Here’s a list of exciting things ahead for Windows 10 in the new year.

  • Windows 10 begins automatically installing on machines running Windows 7 and 8.1
  • Microsoft Edge extensions
  • Windows 10 blurs the virtual and real world
  • More security for enterprise
  • Testers get sneak peeks at even earlier builds
  • Cortana helps users with a wider range of tasks inside Windows 10
  • Windows 10 runs a desktop OS from a phone
  • Free upgrade expires July  29, 2016 and users will have to buy a Windows 10 license
  • PC makers sell new machines with Windows 10, rather than Windows 7 or 8.1, at the end of October 2016
  • Windows 10 Surface Hub arrives

Learn more about what you can expect for Windows 10 in the year ahead.

Windows 10 November Update

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Microsoft recently released its Windows 10 update. After updating your Windows 10 PC, your computer will boot faster, your photos will be clearer, reminders will be easier to set, and your PC will perform more smoothly. You won’t notice any differences in the way Windows 10 appears as most of the improvements were made on the back end. But there are several Windows 10 hidden updates that you’ll be glad to discover!

While the November update was originally available via the Media Creation Tool, Microsoft removed that option. The company has decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. Check out Microsoft’s Windows 10 November Update: FAQ for more information.

Free Windows 10 Upgrade

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Did you know that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free? Qualified Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices can upgrade at no cost. Microsoft will help you get started.

Newly purchased PCs should come pre-installed with Windows 10. If you purchase a Windows 8.1 PC, you can still upgrade for free using the link above.

You can also stop by a Microsoft Store near you for free upgrade services.

New Features in Windows 10

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With Windows 10 now officially replacing Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, here are a few of the big changes to the new Operating System .

Refreshed User Interface

Windows 10’s flat and modern interface has been refreshed so that it works for both touchscreens, and computers with the traditional keyboard and mouse. Full screen apps can now be easily windowed on the desktop, and there are new ways to arrange and manage multiple windows for easier multitasking.

New Start Menu

The Start Menu is back, and replaces the full screen Start screen that was featured in Windows 8. Users can quickly access recently used apps, the file explorer, and power controls. The Start Menu’s blend of the old and new rectifies one of the biggest complaints that users had with Windows 8.

New Apps (Mail, Calendar, Photos, Maps)

The core apps have been given an overhaul, with the Mail and Calendar apps borrowing ideas and design from Microsoft Outlook. The Photos app has a new interface and a plugin to OneDrive so images and videos can be backed up from users’ phones. The Maps app also has a new interface, and maps can integrate with Cortana.

 Action Center

The Action Center acts as a notification panel, organizing notifications by app and providing quick access to commonly used settings. Its appearance can be customized and it displays app notifications. The Action Center is accessed by swiping in from the right on the screen or trackpad, or by clicking the icon in the task bar.

Hello

Windows 10 features a new, clean lock screen. Computers with supporting hardware can use the Hello feature to log in without entering a password. Hello uses image recognition login system and lets users log into Windows 10 using their faces or their fingers.

Learn more about the other changes in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Available on July 29

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Microsoft announced that the final version of Windows 10 will be available on Wednesday, July 29th. Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s most secure platform and will run Windows Defender, a free anti-malware protection.

Windows 10 will be available as a free download to Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC owners for the first year after its release. Users who do not qualify for the free update will be able to purchase Windows 10.The Windows 10 Home package is priced at $110 and Windows 10 Pro edition is $199. There is also the option to purchase the Windows 10 Pro Pack to upgrade from Home to Pro for $99.

Learn more about Windows 10 pricing.

Learn more about Windows 10’s innovative new features including:

  • Cortana
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Office on Windows
  • Xbox Live and the Integrated Xbox App
  • New Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail & Calendar apps
  • Windows Continuum
  • Windows Hello
  • Windows Store

 

Windows 10 to be the Last Version of Windows

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At the company’s recent Ignite event, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 will be the last version of the Windows. Microsoft plans to update the Operating System in an incremental manner going forward. Rather than building a new version of Windows every few years as they had done in the past, Microsoft will most likely push periodic updates to make improvements, add functionality, and as time passes, change the Operating System.  Microsoft has the idea of seeing “Windows as a service” and a Microsoft spokesperson told the Verge that, “recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers.”

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News from Microsoft Ignite 2015

 

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Microsoft Ignite 2015 took place in Chicago this week. Branded as the largest comprehensive technology event, the agenda was packed with keynote speakers, hands on labs, breakout sessions, and certification testing.

Microsoft also used the Ignite event as an opportunity to share exciting announcements including:

  • Office 2016 Public Preview is now available!
  • Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge browser updates
  • Organizational analytics will be offered inside of Office Delve
  • Public preview of SQL Server 2016 coming this summer
  • Operations Management Suite: new cloud-based software for keeping track of server infrastructure across multiple clouds and in companies’ on-premises data centers that will perform tasks including logging analytics, automating operations, replication, and security monitoring
  • Azure Stack: next-generation hybrid cloud software that will offer Microsoft’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) cloud technologies for companies’ existing on-premises data centers

Learn more and check out the 5 Most Important Announcements at Ignite According to Partners