Windows OS 10 To Be Released on July 29th!

“What happened to Windows 9, did I miss one?” I hear you ask. No, Microsoft has decided to go from Windows 8 to Windows 10.  One theory as to why points to the need to avoid any problems with an existing short cut that was designed to differentiate between Windows 95 and 98.  The theory is that the shortcut could get a little confused if there was a Windows 9.  Most probably however this is a symbolic move to put some clear distance between some of the troubles experienced by Windows 8 and what Microsoft sees as its new generation of operating system, a fresh start.

Sooner Than Expected

You could also be excused for being taken a little bit by surprise by the speed of Windows 10’s arrival as it wasn’t expected to be released until much later in the year. It may be a case of the sooner the better for Microsoft if it wants to get a decent foothold in the tablet market and take some share from Android and iOS.  Now the revised release timetable for Windows 10 means that the 29th July will be the roll out date for PCs and tablets with the Windows 10 OS already loaded on, plus the OS will be offered as a free download upgrade to existing smart phone and tablets users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1.  


Better Results on Less Powerful Hardware

One other big advantage of Windows 10 is that it's thought not the fact that it is designed to run on the same computers that are currently running Windows 7, but that it can run even better on those computers - it can run very well using less powerful hardware. 

Secure

Microsoft also says that Windows 10 is its most secure platform ever as it includes the free anti-malware program Windows Defender. Not only that but Windows Defender on Windows 10 will receive ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device that it runs on.

Sign Up For Your Free Download

In order to receive the free download upgrade you will need to register / reserve it within a year of the July 29th release date.  You can make the reservation using the notification icon / the Get Windows 10 App via the Windows icon on the right hand side of the taskbar.  This should be just a case of submitting your email address. Microsoft say that there’s no obligation and you can cancel the reservation at any time should you change your mind.  It is worth noting however that this reservation process is per device and not per user so it’s a case of completing the reservation process on each of the devices that you’d like the free download for.

What’s New?

Microsoft says that Windows 10 will of course feel very familiar but additions will include:

  • A brand new web browser called Edge.  Microsoft‘s website says that it will deliver a better Web experience. Microsoft says that Edge will enable you to “type notes directly on web pages and share them with others, read online articles free of distraction, and save your favourite reads for later access”.

  • A voice (or typing) controlled virtual digital assistant called Cortana which was only previously available on Microsoft phones. Cortana learns your preferences, provides recommendations and reminders, and can provide notifications on your smart phone as well as on your PC.

  • The Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App which enable video game streaming from your Xbox to your PC or tablet.

    For more information visit the Microsoft Blog: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/06/01/hello-world-windows-10-available-on-july-29/