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.

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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

Microsoft’s New Browser to be called Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft announced that its new browser in Windows 10 will be called Microsoft Edge. When the plans for a new browser were announced back in January, it was initially known as Project Spartan. The official name is a reference to the new rendering engine (EdgeHTML) that Microsoft is using for Windows 10. Microsoft Edge is being called, “a browser built for doing.” It contains several unique features including built-in Cortana support, built-in reading, sharing and note taking, and a minimalist design.

Microsoft Edge will replace Internet Explorer as the default browser when Windows 10 releases. Internet Explorer will become a legacy browser and updates will no longer be issued. Microsoft Edge will, when required, load in the older Internet Explorer engine for backwards compatibility.

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January 2015 Updates

Windows 10 overview

On January 21, 2015, Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) announced the finer details of Windows 10, its latest operating system (or OS). The company also announced the probable date this OS will hit the markets.

On January 21, 2015, Microsoft held a special Windows 10 event to show how Windows 10 will run across PCs (personal computers), phones, tablets, and the Xbox One gaming console.

It’s also been speculated that Microsoft will try to offer Windows 10 as an annual subscription rather than a one-time buy. However, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella refuted the change in business model.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 has new web browser

In its Windows 10 release, Microsoft (MSFT) announced that Windows 10 will include a new web browser called Spartan. With Windows 10, Spartan will be the default browser. It will feature both a refreshed interface and other improvements that were not included in Internet Explorer (or IE).

The Spartan web browser is equipped with built-in Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant with its contextual searching. So if a person looks up a restaurant on Spartan, Cortana will throw in a map, a menu, and contact details.

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Windows 7 customers get to download Windows 10 for free, but only for a year

The Windows 10 download will be free for customers who are currently running Windows 7 or later versions, including Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. But the download will only last for the first year of its release.

The important thing to note here is that Windows 10 is not a free upgrade for the first year. It’s a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users within the first year of its launch.

The Windows 10 operating system is expected to be launched in late 2015. At the end of the free one-year window, users who wish to continue using Windows 10 have to pay for a subscription.

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Windows 10 Feature Update

Windows 10 could see Cortana spread into all versions of the new OS, including desktops, laptops and tablets. The new Notifications feature for Windows 10 is very similar to the Action Center on Windows Phone 8.1. Featured as a button on the task bar, Notifications collects alert data from plenty of sources.

“You’ll see notifications from the system and apps – from new emails and invites to IMs, Facebook posts and more – all in one place, so you don’t miss a thing,” Microsoft Director of Windows Program Management Gabe Aul wrote in a blog post.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore teased new trackpad gestures that will soon come to Windows 10 during his TechEd Europe keynote in October 2014. Similar to the gestures that Mac users are used to, the new OS will soon respond to three-finger swipes in three directions. Swiping downward with three fingers will return you to the desktop from within any app, while an upward gesture will summon the new task view. Swiping with three fingers either to the left or right will switch between open apps. Users will also be able to resize snapped windows with a unique three-finger gesture.

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Windows 10 Control Panel Changing, Possibly Disappearing

New screenshots from recent internal builds of Windows 10 have revealed that the Settings app has received a huge make over, along with the title bar which now has a dedicated full screen button. The screenshots also reveal that elements within the Control Panel are slowly going away, with features being stripped in place of messages which tell users to use the new Settings app. The fact that elements within the Control Panel are being removed with messages telling users to use the Settings app may mean that Microsoft is planning to remove the Control Panel completely. This is something that has been rumored for some time now, and it looks like it may be true.

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