Microsoft will be launching its latest OS on July 29th. Windows 10 will be the latest upgrade since Windows 8 & aims to bring the windows we all wanted. A mix of the best features of 7 & 8 while throwing in some new additions. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Windows release.

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How Much is it?

The Windows 10 upgrade will actually be free to Windows 7 & 8 users for a full year. After the year you’ll have to pay either $120 for the home edition & $200 for the pro edition.

Am I Eligible for the Upgrade?

As noted anyone currently on 7 or 8 can upgrade however there are some hardware requirements. Minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16GB for 32-bit OS or 20GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800-by-600 resolution

How to Upgrade

Microsoft is offering the upgrade to Windows testers first & foremost however if your a normal user you can join the upgrade queue by simply making sure your windows is up to date & you’ll be receiving an option to “Reserve Your Free Upgrade”. Which is worth doing whether you plan on upgrading or not simply for the free price point.

What’s New in Windows 10?

Windows aims to provide that familiar UI that your used to & bring an assortment of new features into the mix.

Cortana-

Cortana is Microsoft virtual assistant rivaling that of Siri or Google Now. It’s finally being ported over to the desktop with Windows 10 & will help you with various tasks on your computer from reminders to a giving you an overview of your day.

 

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Edge Browser-

The new default Windows 10 browser is known as Edge. Coming from Project Spartan Edge aims to bring a sleek UI with various features that tie right into the OS. Useable via  touch screen interface or the classic mouse & keyboard. The browser comes packed with tools to help you while browsing the web. It’s aim is to have you consume & create content easily within the same browsing interface.

Xbox Streaming-

Xbox One owners can rejoice as Microsoft is finally bringing native streaming to Windows 10.  This feature will allow Xbox One users to stream their gaming experience to their PC. So with a click of a button you can sling your gaming over to your laptop or desktop based monitor.

Improved Start Menu-

With the major backlash over Windows 8 UI forcing them to reinstate it in 8.1. Windows 10 aims to bring a new but improved start menu that windows users are familiar with. Everything is essentially tucked into the start menu now versus the whole Window/Modern UI nonsense. Giving you an overview of your latest & most used apps, universal search, and more.

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Flexibility & Unification-

With Windows 10 Microsoft wants the user to work they want. Making it flexible across all platforms phone, tablet, and desktop. Bringing a familiar feel while scaling the content/apps to perfectly fit the platform. Use it with your touch enabled device/screen or stick to the mouse & keyboard the choice is yours.

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All in all Windows 10 brings much needed fixes to the Windows. It’s a a combination upgrade of what Windows should’ve been over the last couple of years. Bringing in the best of previous versions while eliminating the worst & adding in some cool new features. It’s not a full scale change of Windows as we know it rather a throwback to familiarity with some new tricks up its sleeves. This is the first time Microsoft has taken the free upgrade route & it’ll surely help the adoption rate of the new OS. Windows 10 officially is released July 29th & I’ll be spending some time with it & bringing you more content & thoughts after further testing. Stay tuned for more updates.

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