Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade, Details New Features [Video]

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade, Details New Features [Video]

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Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10 will be a free update for customers running Windows 7 or higher and detailed some of the new operating system's features.

Windows 10 will be delivered as a service to offer a safer, innovative and updated experience for the supported lifetime of the device. A free upgrade1 for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year.

“Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era in the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our ambition is for the 1.5 billion people who are using Windows today to fall in love with Windows 10 and for billions more to decide to make Windows home.”

The company also detailed some of the new features coming to Windows 10 including:
Cortana comes to PC and tablet. The Cortana personal digital assistant, which debuted on Windows Phone last year, will now also be available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets to help people get things done.2 Cortana is a personal helper who learns an individual’s preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information and important reminders, bringing what matters most to their attention. Interaction is natural and easy via talking or typing, with advanced features to control Cortana for more trustworthiness and transparency.

Project Spartan, Microsoft's new browser. Windows 10 will feature the new Microsoft browser, code-named “Project Spartan,” which was built with interoperability in mind. With key features built-in natively to the browser, it will enable greater reliability and better discoverability. Some of the most advanced features in the browser include the ability to annotate whether by keyboard or pen directly on the webpage and easily share with friends; a reading view that is distraction-free, displaying the article in a simplified layout for a great reading experience for Web articles online and offline; and the integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster. All of this is offered with a new look and feel built just for Windows 10.

Xbox Live and the new Xbox app bring new gaming experiences to Windows 10. Xbox on Windows 10 lets gamers and developers access the best of the expansive Xbox Live gaming network on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. Players can capture, edit and share their greatest gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices, connecting millions of gamers around the world. Games developed for the new DirectX 12 application programming interface in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability. Players will also be able to play games on their PC, streamed directly from their Xbox One consoles to their Windows 10 tablets or PCs, within their home.3

Office for Windows 10. Office universal apps on Windows 10 deliver a touch-first experience across devices. New versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook are designed from the ground up to run on Windows, built for touch, and offer the unmistakable Office experience customers know and love. With the familiar features for Office, people can create and edit Word documents with ease. New inking features in PowerPoint let people annotate slides in real time, and the new touch-first controls in Excel make it easy to create and update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. The next version of the Office desktop suite is also currently in development and Microsoft will have more to share in the coming months.

Continuum mode. On 2-in-1 devices, Windows 10 will move easily between keyboard and mouse and touch and tablet as it detects the transition and conveniently switches to the new mode.

New universal apps. Windows 10 will offer new experience applications, consistent across the device continuum, for Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging and Mail & Calendar. These built-in apps have an updated design that looks and feels the same from app to app and device to device. Content is stored and synced through OneDrive, enabling people to start something on one device and continue it on another.

The next Technical Preview for Windows 10 on the PC will be available for free to Windows Insiders in the next week and for the first time on phones later in February. More information on the Windows Insider Program and the Technical Previews can be found at

Take a look at the video below for more details...

defiantmacho - January 27, 2015 at 4:54am
In all seriousness, it sounds good in words. But practically, it sounds like a whole mess, yet again. MS is relying on touch screens. Wasn't that part of the problem Win 8 flopped? They thought consumers would run and get touch screens, only that never happened. I am a user of both OSX and MS. From experience I can say that OSX is far more stable and reliable. I had a 2006 MacBook Pro that finally died ending last year (yes, you read right), and I never had to reinstall it's OS. My Windows 8.1 PC has needed a complete reinstall three times so far. In the end, my view is both Apple and MS have unique things that makes them stay afloat. MS has Office and the workstation down on their side, Mac has everything multimedia nailed on theirs to the point I can open multiple videos without a hiccup. So the battle rages on with no end in sight.
Ren - January 27, 2015 at 1:34pm
My pc needed to be restarted after a few months of using it with downloading things along with decent security, but bsod drew the line, and by cleaned I mean deleting memory of things I couldn't eve get back. Now I sold that and couldn't be any happier with my MacBook 2013 pro. Windows wasn't a huge fail for me but it did good, but ie didn't do that good as I expected.
King Gates - January 23, 2015 at 6:50pm
Only ignorant idiots, make stupid comments, Windows any product is better than any, You just have to be smart enough to use it. And as far as I can see this place is full of idiots. and please do not reply if iQ is lover than 160. Windows 8.1 Best OS ever.
Lord Jobs - January 23, 2015 at 9:24pm
They're the idiots? We all know how windows pattern goes with the " good, shit, good, shit". In other words, odd number windows versions are always good, that's why you skipped 9 for a reason, to prove how much you wish you claimed even numbered windows versions were the best in which wasn't. Face the facts you deluded wannabe! Windows would be good if it was quality like Apple tbh! That's why the latest user rate of windoze 8 barely even got over 5%. No matter how smart you are to use it, it's how familiar it is. That's why some of us stayed on 7 because for one thing it proved how much you once cared just by looking at it, but downgrading looks and organization? What are you proving here, how much you do anything to make excuses for something that made windows broken like shattered glass? Please. Your mind it full of maggots now. It all makes sense with your myth making here. Grow your soul back if you want it to be true. #billgate alert
lemon4611 - January 23, 2015 at 11:37pm
You don't have the intellegence to write an understandable comment and you're calling people idiots while stating that you have to be "smart enough" to use Windows. Hold on, I have to stop laughing so I can continue typing. Ok I'm good now. So is your wild, insane and ridiculous claim based on the fact that even Windows engineers can't make their own OS work and make it secure enough for public use ? You see thruth is Windows is a royal piece of shit operating system and it requires no intelligence to uncover that fact after using it for 30+ seconds. To summerize let me reiterate that Windows sucks as does your grammar and I would ask that you now return to your village so they go no longer without their idiot……
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