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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]

Posted January 21, 2015 at 9:31pm by iClarified · 19923 views
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...

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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
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
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……
King Gates
King Gates - January 24, 2015 at 2:24am
Lemon Jobs the first two ignorant idiots, round of aplause, that was easy ....
Lord Jobs
Lord Jobs - January 24, 2015 at 2:27am
Gates Baits, King of his universe who turns truth into myths. Now that's a true idiot conspiracy. How about some kudos on that. Takes flattery form in its own imitatIon. Brilliant.
Al lu
Al lu - January 22, 2015 at 9:28pm
They are given it for free cause after the shitty win8/8.1, theres no way people gonna pay for an stupid ugrade that is going to fail exactly the same as the last two.
Diane - January 22, 2015 at 8:44pm
Why is a Hobbit on the Development team?
John Doe
John Doe - January 22, 2015 at 6:43pm
Nice Wig!!!
TechnoGeek - January 22, 2015 at 5:51pm
I use Microsoft for work and find Win 7 best if I had to use Microsoft. Once I started to use OSX, it's really had to switch back and consider using Microsoft for it's lack of features you can easily find on OSX. I would say most OSX users would find Microsofts bare minimum when it comes to functionality, features and overall touch and feel when it comes to being productive.
Android Junkie
Android Junkie - January 22, 2015 at 3:57pm
Windows best product was Windows XP. They are still a good company but have not released a reliable OS for PC since. I am not sure if it's the desire to put too many things in the OS like home media streaming or it's because they are greedy and no one cares about the products they release that are riddled with bugs. They will continue to lose market share unless they truly have a revolutionary product/idea or they hire someone who gives a crap about what they release.
Jayyy - January 22, 2015 at 12:01pm
Dude forget all that, try to do somin about the virus we get on windows. It is so annoying when i have to restore my pc every 4 to 6 months.
Lolwut - January 22, 2015 at 12:06pm
i feel you. My dads windows 8 pc goes unresponsive when all he does is very little Internet search and play poker and weeks later, it was that unstable. My win 7 laptop did way better and lasted months but it to acted like pure shit. This is one of the reasons I moved on from Microsoft and don't find a reason to switch.
GTX770 - January 22, 2015 at 1:42pm
If u guys know how to troubleshoot a PC for some reason? Like maintenance? I bet u won't t be having any prob at all.. YES indeed that windows gets a lot of virus compared to mac/ apple.. But if they do actually don't get any virus then why does people complain about it not running properly? Not just glitch but virus small amount of it then ur apple/ mac finally goes weird.. You may not notice it as a virus but its just sittin there ready to explode anytime.
Mutiny - January 22, 2015 at 2:10pm
Sounds like an user issue to me i.e. Doesn't know how to troubleshoot a PC like what GTX770 said, downloading random "browser plugins" when you aren't supposed to, etc, the list goes on
GTX770 - January 22, 2015 at 4:00pm
True.. If you actually don't know what your doing to your computer and just think "oh i need this shit to be installed.." Better think twice before you perform such installations.. I'm not a computer geek or super know it all at computers? But I sure do know how to make my computer works properly.. Not bragging just saying..
SayingWhatEveryonesThinking - January 22, 2015 at 5:51am
Nice pic of the family to try to throw people off the fact you are a total flamer. It's either not your family or it's not even you in the photo and just some guy with a lame hair-do that looks like you.
SayingWhatEveryonesThinking - January 22, 2015 at 5:48am
In all seriousness, this is insane. They're just blatantly stealing what Apple's been doing for years!
DONT READ THIS - January 22, 2015 at 1:12am
at least they dont make phone with protruding camera
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