Windows 10 Free Upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Users
Today in a big Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced about the upcoming Windows 10 preview build, various new features introduced in Windows 10, free upgrades to Windows 10 and a brand new web browser from Microsoft called "Edge" aka "Project Spartan".
Lets talk about all of these in details:
Windows 10 Will be a Free Upgrade (Kind of)
Good news for all Windows users. Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.
If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you'll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free in the first year of Windows 10 launch. In other words, we can say that almost all Windows users will be able to update to Windows 10 absolutely free as most of the people have already moved to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 OS.
Also once a computer device is upgraded to Windows 10, it'll be able to receive all future feature updates at no additional charges.
Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will work like an Internet service and new features will be added immediately when they are ready without waiting for the next major release of Windows.
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Microsoft Edge (Spartan): New Web Browser in Windows 10
Microsoft also talked about a brand new web browser "Edge" (codename Project Spartan) present in Windows 10. Currently its under development and will be a part of Windows 10 operating system.
This new web browser has been developed for better compatibility with modern websites, reliability and performance. It'll feature a fresh and minimal user interface matching with Windows 10 Modern (aka Metro) UI.
It'll come with many advanced features such as ability to annotate by keyboard or pen directly on websites, Reading view to have a distraction free view of the articles in a simplified layout and Cortana integration for finding and doing things faster on web.
New Continuum Mode in Windows 10
You might remember the hidden "Continuum Mode" present in the current Windows 10 preview build. We shared information about this secret feature in our exclusive Windows 10 review topic.
Microsoft also talked about Continuum Mode which will allow Windows 10 to switch easily between keyboard/mouse and touch/tablet interface once it detects the transition. It'll be a great feature for 2-in-1 devices such as hybrid PCs.
Microsoft Office and Other Universal Apps in Windows 10
Microsoft is working on universal Office apps which will provide touch-first experience across all Windows 10 devices such as computers, tablets and mobile phones.
These new Office Mobile apps will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.
The next Microsoft Office suite for Desktop is also under development.
Windows 10 will also come with many other universal apps such as Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Messaging, Mail and Calendar. These built-in apps will have updated design that will look and feel same across all devices.
New Windows 10 Preview Build for Download Next Week
A new preview build of Windows 10 featuring almost all above mentioned features will become available for download next week. It'll be released free to public and people who are using Windows 10 Technical Preview build in their computers, will be able to install this new testing build.
This new Windows 10 January Preview build will feature many new features such as Cortana (Microsoft's personal digital assistant), new apps, Continuum mode, new Notification (Action) Center, etc.
The new Windows 10 build will be available in 25 more languages.
The build number of upcoming Windows 10 Preview might be 9924 or 9926.
So get ready to download and test new Windows 10 preview build in next week...
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