Microsoft 10 to be released on 29 July
Microsoft announced that it will begin offering its newest software to power PCs and tablets as a free upgrade on July 29. Good news folks! Windows 10 will be free for users powered by Windows 7 or later, or tablets running on Windows 8.1.(Image: cnet.com)
Windows 10 marks the next iteration of the one of the world’s most ubiquitous pieces of software. The company’s goal with Windows 10 is both to repair the damage done by the ill-received Windows 8 and to convince consumers that upgrading is worth the time and effort.
In a statement given to CNET, Microsoft confirmed the price of a single Windows 10 license in the event one is not eligible for a free upgrade or wishes to build one’s own computer. A copy of Windows 10 Home will come for $119, while Windows 10 Pro will cost $199.
Through its Windows Insider program, which lets eager users sign up to receive developer versions of the software-in-progress, Microsoft has been more transparent with Windows 10 than previous releases.
- A revamped Start button and the removal of the unpopular tablet-focused interface of Windows 8.
- A new browser, Edge, to replace the decades-old Internet Explorer.
- A more robust version of Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-enabled digital software assistant.
Microsoft remains the world’s largest software maker, with Windows running on more than 90% of the world’s computers, according to NetMarketShare.
The company has not yet said if there will ever be a Windows 11, or a version of Windows consumers will pay for like past releases, as its revenue stream is mainly the cloud services group, which is on track to make $6.3 billion in sales this year.
By 2018, Microsoft ambition is to have more than 1 billion devices running Windows 10.