July 29th. That’s the date Microsoft will release its long-awaited Windows 10 operating system (previously code-named Spartan).
Windows 10 will be free (for one year) to current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users holding a “valid, genuine license.” All told, there will be seven versions (mobile, home, enterprise, professional, etc.) of Windows 10 available. Windows 10 will be “touch-friendly” and run across PCs, tablets and phones, and will include a new browser called “Edge” according to a Microsoft announcement released Monday. This browser, by the way, is said to be a second browser, and not a replacement for Windows Explorer. The actual retail price has not yet been announced.
As noted recently by Techradar.com: “Microsoft EVP of Operating Systems Terry Myerson surprised the crowd when he announced that Windows 10 will support apps written for iOS and Android. That is, with some reworking, of course. Still, this will undoubtedly blow the Windows 10 app store wide open.”
Among other new features…
- A return to a bigger, strong Start menu, a hybrid of the Windows 7-style interface with Windows 8’s Live Tiles.
- More powerful search capabilities from the Start menu for exploring your PC and the web.
- The Live Tiles within the Start menu will now be animated (just like Microsoft Dynamics NAV now features live “cues” (tiles) in its ERP system, we might add).
- The download process will be the result of four scheduled tasks from the Windows Update Tool within the Control Panel.
- A Spotlight feature will suggest apps and tools you may have not used yet – like Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri’s voice-based assistant. Indeed Cortana’s voice-activated features will apparently loom large in this newest Windows version, in a move toward “machine learning,” where computers become smarter over time and more attuned to the user’s needs and search requests over time.
- Cortana will also be released to iOS and Android devices as well.
- There will be additional personalization features, like for example on the Lock screen.
- Cortana will also learn to search the web and make suggestions based on how you use your PC.
- Upgrades to Windows 10 are already in the works, including June and October of 2016.
You can learn many more details from Techradar here, or learn for yourself in about two months, on July 29th.