Microsoft Windows 10 Release Date, Pricing and Features
Microsoft is all set to release its latest Windows 10 operating system (OS) this summer. The new OS is being developed as a part of the Windows NT family of OS with the aim to create a common internal core which unifies all existing product families developed by Microsoft including Windows PC, Windows Embedded, Windows Phone, Xbox One and new products, such as HoloLens and Surface Hub at one platform.
Windows 10 was first revealed by the Redmond-based company in April 2014 during the Build Conference, and then publicly unveiled in September last year. On October 1, 2014, Microsoft released the public beta version of Windows 10 – Windows Technical Preview – revealing to users what all they can expect from the full software. The OS is presently undergoing public beta testing, and the final consumer release is expected by late July.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Although minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 Technical Preview are same as Windows 8.1, it may not run on some older 64-bit CPUs. The minimum hardware requirements are as follows:
Processor: 1 GHz clock rate; IA-32 or x64 architecture
Memory (RAM): IA-32 edition: 1 GB; x64 edition: 2 GB
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 graphics device; WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Display: 800×600 pixels
Hard Disk: IA-32 Edition:16 GB; x64 edition:20 GB
Processor: x64 architecture; Second Level Address Translation support for Hyper-V
Memory (RAM): 4 GB
Graphics Card: DirectX 10 graphics device
Display: 1024×768 pixels
Windows 10 Release Date
Microsoft Windows 10 OS is expected to be released in July 2015. During an investor call, AMD’s president and CEO Lisa Su unknowingly confirmed “windows 10 launch at the end of July”
The next Microsoft Build 2015 conference will be held between April 29 and May 1 at Microsoft’s Moscone Centre in San Francisco. The tech giant is expected to divulge further details about Windows 10, including a firm release date, during this conference.
Windows 10 Pricing
Microsoft will release Windows 10 in about 190 countries. The new OS will be offered as a free upgrade to licensed consumer users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 during first year of availability. Microsoft will probably charge a one-off license fee from users who don’t upgrade to new Windows 10 operating system in the first year after release. Users moving to Windows 10 from older Windows versions such as Windows XP or some other OS will be charged a license fee by Microsoft.
Windows Phone users will also get Windows 10 free upgrade – an indication that Microsoft is going to scrap the separate Windows Phone OS.
Windows 10 New Features
The feedbacks received from customers suggested that Windows 8 was a bit slip-up for the company. The removal of traditional Start menu, a redesigned interface, and many other changes could not lift user interest in Windows 8. The result Windows 8 was not well-received by users and critics. Paying attention to users’ feedback, Microsoft decided to completely redesign the operating system.
In January this year, Microsoft showed off new productivity features and universal apps of Windows 10. Some of the new features of Windows 10 are as follows:
Two Versions of Window 10 Based on One Code
Windows 10 will be launched with two versions while using the same code. The first version is meant for devices (PCs or tablets) with a screen size of 8 inches or larger. The second version will be used by devices (smartphones/small tablets) that have screen size less than 8 inches.
New PC/tablet Features in Windows 10
The Taskbar in Windows 10 features a search box allowing users to type in and search information related to installed apps, documents, powerpoint slides, pictures, settings, etc. Search can be done online, across all Windows 10 devices, and in OneDrive to get relevant results.
Start menu, absent in Windows 8, is now available in Windows 10 and can be accessed from the taskbar. The new Action Center is equipped with several Quick Action buttons present at the bottom. Action Center’s also displays different notifications at that top.
Project Spartan, the replacement of Internet Explorer, is the new browser in Windows 10. It will come with several built-in extras and a reading mode. It will be optimized for touch, featuring different buttons to make touchscreen feature easy to use. The new rendering engine will have capabilities to work with new apps that will come with Windows 10. The note-taking mode of the browser will let users mark up webpages with a touch of a finger or a stylus.
Windows 10 users will be able to access the Cortana, built into Spartan, from address bar. Just saying “Hey, Cortana” is enough to bring Cartona on tablet or PC screen. She can be used to complete a variety of tasks such as getting search results, booking a reservation, or sending an email. She understands 7 languages now and maintains a notebook with a record of user’s device-usage habits and other interests.
Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 Release
Microsoft released the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 on April 22, 2015. The build is currently available only to Fast Ring users. It covers several new features and fixes. The Start menu, Action Centre, and Taskbar now allow more user customization. There are also new Calendar and Mail apps supporting Office 365, Outlook.com, Exchange, Gmail and many other account types.
Source: BizTek Mojo