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Windows 10 is an computer operating system owned and developed by Microsoft as part of their Windows NT operating system. windows 10 which was officially unveiled by Microsoft on September 2014 is set to be released  by Microsoft on the 29th of July 2015.

ANNOUCEMENT

Windows 10 was announced officially during a media event on 30th September 2014 under the name Windows 10. It was said by Myerson that Windows 10 would be Microsoft’s most comprehensive platform for desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and all in one devices.

Windows 10 is succeeding Windows 8.1 was on July 2014 explained by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the company was planning to streamline the next version of Windows from three different operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes unifying windows, Windows phones and Windows Embedded around a common architecture and a unified application ecosystem.

Windows 10 is so familiar and easy to use, you’ll feel like an expert. The Start Menu is back in an expanded form, plus we’ll bring over your pinned apps and favorites so they’re ready and waiting for you.It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-insecurity to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.“This combines the strengths of Windows 8 withWindows 7.”

Microsoft has not clarified the reason for naming the new operating system Windows 10 instead of windows 9, however Terry Myerson has stated that based on the product that’s coming and just how different our approach wiil be overall, it would be right to call it Windows 9.

On June 1, 2015, Microsoft first promoted that Windows 10 would be released on July 29, 2015. Microsoft began an advertising campaign centring around Windows 10, “Upgrade Your World”, on July 20, 2015 with the premiere of television commercials in Australia, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The commercials focused on the tagline “A more human way to do”, emphasizing new features and technologies supported by Windows 10 that sought to provide a more “personal” experience to users. The campaign will culminate with launch events in thirteen cities on July 29, which will “celebrate the unprecedented role our biggest fans played in the development of Windows 10”.

FLEXIBILITY OF WINDOWS 10

Windows 10 enables your apps to look and work great in all modes, on all devices. On 2-in-1devices, your screen can be optimized to work with touch or keyboard and mouse.

 

WINDOWS 10 APPS

Windows 10 comes with great built-in apps like Maps, Photos, Mail & Calendar, Music, and Video. And these apps use One Drive to back up your information and sync seamlessly across your Windows 10 devices, so you’re never far from what you need.

Windows 10 introduces revisions to the operating system’s user interface, including the addition of Start menu similar to Windows7 but incorporating Windows 8’s “live tiles”, a virtual desktop system, a notifications side bar

(replacing the charms bar on Windows 8/8.1),and the ability to adjust user interface behaviors based on available input devices particularly on convertible laptops and tablets with keyboard accessories. Windows 10 will

provide integration with additional Microsoft services, including the intelligent personal assistant Cortana , and Xbox Live . Windows 10 will also introduce a new default web browser, Microsoft Edge , as well as integrated supportfor fingerprint and face recognition login, and new versions of DirectX and WDDM toimprove the operating system’s graphics capabilities for games.

Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows10 will adopt a tiered approach to updates that Microsoft has described as a ” service “,and receive new features at no charge for the”supported lifetime” of the device it isinstalled on. The Home and Pro editions will automatically receive all non-critical updates as they are released without the possibility of declining them, in addition to automatic driver updates. Unlike Home, Pro will be able to defer updates for a limited time, but notignore them completely. Enterprise editions will be capable of using periodic, long-term support milestones to ensure stability, while the Windows Insider program enables betatesting of future updates. To encourage itsadoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10 would be

made available free of charge to users ofgenuine copies of eligible editions of Windows7 or Windows 8.1 .

 

MULTIMEDIA AND GAMING

Windows 10 will provide heavier integration with the Xbox ecosystem: an updated Xboxapp allows users to browse their game library (including both PC and Xbox console games), and Game DVR is also available using a keyboard shortcut, allowing users to save the last 30 seconds of  gameplay as a video that can be shared to Xbox Live , OneDrive , or elsewhere.

Windows 10 will also allow users to control and play games from an Xbox

One console over a local network. An Xbox Live SDK will allow application developers to incorporate Xbox Live functionality into theirapps, and future wireless Xbox One accessories (such as controllers) will be

supported on Windows with an adapter. Microsoft Solitaire Collection is included inWindows 10. Candy Crush Saga is also being developed for Windows 10, and will be released as an automatic download forWindows 10 users in 2015.Windows 10 adds FLAC and HEVC codecs and support for the Matroska media container, allowing these formats to be opened in

Windows Media Player and other applications.

A new iteration of the Start menu is used on the Windows 10 desktop, with a list of applications and other options on the leftside, and live tiles on the right. The menu can be resized, and expanded into a full-screen display, which is the default option in touch environments. A new virtual desktop system known as Task View was added. Clicking the Task View button on the taskbar or swiping from the left side of the screen displays all open windows and allows users to switch between them, or switch

between multiple workspaces.

Windows Store apps, which previously could be used only in full screen mode, can now beused in self-contained windows similarly toother programs. Program windows can now be snapped to quadrants of the screen

by dragging them to the corner. When a window is snapped to one side of the screen,the user is prompted to choose a second window to fill the unused side of the screen (called “Snap Assist”). Windows’ systemicons were also changed to a new, minimalist design.

Charms have been removed; their functionality in Windows Store apps is accessed from an”App commands” menu on their titlebar. In its place is Action Center, which displays notifications and settings toggles. It is accessed by clicking an icon in the systemtray, or dragging from the right of the screen. Notifications can be synced between multiple devices. The Settings app (formerly PC Settings) has been refreshed and now includes more options that were previously exclusive to the desktop Control Panel.

Windows 10 is designed to adapt its user interface based on the type of device beingused and available input methods. It offers two separate user interface modes: a user interface optimized for mouse and keyboard,and a “tablet mode” designed for touchscreens. Users can toggle between these two modes at any time, and Windows can prompt or automatically switch when certain events occur, such as disabling tablet mode on a tablet if a keyboard or mouse is plugged in or a convertible tablet is being used in its a laptop state. In tablet mode, universal apps default to full screen mode, and the taskbar remains visible (unless set to auto-hide), but now contains a back button for use in apps and defaults to a “lightweight” mode that does not display opened programs.

 

The full screen Start menu is used in this state, similarly to Windows 8, but scrolls vertically instead of horizontally.

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SECURITY SYSTEM

Windows 10 will incorporate multi-factor authentication technology based up on standards developed by the FIDO Alliance.The operating system includes improved support for biometric authentication through the “Windows Hello” and “Passport” platforms; devices with supported cameras (requiring infrared illumination, such as Intel Real Sense ) will allow users to login with face- or iris-recognition, similarly to Kinect. Devices with supported readers will support fingerprint-recognition login. Credentials are stored locally and protected using asymmetric encryption. The “Passport” platform will allow networks, software and websites to authenticate users using either a PIN or biometric login to verify their identity, without ending a password. The enterprise version of Windows 10 offers additional security features; administrators can set up policies for the automatic encryption of sensitive data, and selectively block applications from accessing encrypted

data. Windows 10 also offers “Device Guard”, a system which allows administrators to enforce a high security environment by blocking the execution of software that is not digitally signed by a trusted vendor or Microsoft, with a particular focus on blocking zero-day exploits. Device Guard runs inside a hypervisor , so that its operation remains separated from the operating system itself.

 

UPGRADING TO WINDOWS 10

Confirming the rumors and leaks leading up,Microsoft started the upgrade process for current Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users weeks ago. If your machine is up-to-date, you should see a small icon of the Windows logoon your taskbar next to the internet statusicon. Clicking it will open a window that details the upgrade process and will allow you to”reserve” your free Windows 10 download by providing your email address. Presumably on

or in advance of launch day, Microsoft will download the OS to your device and notify you when it’s ready to install. What follows that prompt are a few bits of info to tease the new release and get users excited. It’s that easy. However, if  you’re at all confused about whichWindows 10 version you’ll get, just look at which Windows 7 or 8.1 version you’re using now. That’s the equivalent Windows 10 version you’ll receive: e.g. Windows 8.1 Home

users will only be able to upgrade to Windows10 Home. Better yet, Microsoft recently revealed through its most recent Insider Preview build that anyone who downloads and installs theWindows 10 upgrade has one month exactly to decide whether it’s a fit for them. If not, youwill be able to revert back to Windows 8.1 or 7 with little trouble – just mind the date. Plus, the company promises that it will support both free upgrades and purchases of Windows 10 with security and system updates”for the lifetime of those Windows devices.”Microsoft recently clarified that statement with specific figures: Windows 10 will be supported with new features and updates until

October 13, 2020. Extended support, e.g.security patches, will carry on until October 14,2025. This seems to apply to both Windows 10 on desktop and Windows 10 Mobile.

 

Microsoft will unlock and activate the Windows10 install at midnight tonight, allowing some Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade. Not everyone will get access to the Windows 10 upgrade initially, though. Microsoft is rolling the upgrade out gradually to compatible systems, and the company is creating a queue to distribute the update in waves. Windows 10 testers have already been testing the final bits and they will be the first to receive a Day One patch that Microsoft is developing. The software maker has also been rolling out daily hot fixes to existing testers, fixing issues just days and hours before the final release.

UPGRADE COMPATIBILITY

The following in-place upgrade paths are supported from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 . Note that it is possible only to upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or 8.1 to a 32-bit version of Windows 10; a 64-bit version of

Windows 7 or 8.1 can be upgraded only to an 64-bit version of Windows 10. There is no direct upgrade path from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, or Windows RT.

 

COST OF WINDOWS 10

For current Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Windows 10 upgrades downloaded directly from Microsoft will be free for one year, Microsoft’s EVP of Operating Systems Terry Myerson announced in January. After that period – for both product keys and stand alone copies of the OS sold on those flash drives the asking price starts at $119. If you’re not eligible for Microsoft’s free upgrade program – say you’re running a non-genuine Windows version or one older thanWindows 7 – Windows 10 Home will cost $119 (£99, €135, about AU$156) and Windows 10 Pro will cost $199 (about £131, €178, AU$262) per license, Microsoft confirmed toTechRadar.

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Windows 10 Home users who want to upgrade to Pro will have to pay an additional $199 (about £65, €88, AU$130) for the Windows 10 Pro pack. Unfortunately, Microsoft has been mum on exact Pro pricing for the UK and EU, while nothing has been said of exact Australian pricing. Neowin reported back in February that Microsoft has trademarked the term “Windows365,” supposedly with the intent of it being a service. The news and speculation has sent folks buzzing about the possibility of a subscription-based Windows to come, though that’s not likely to be Windows 10. Oh, we hope not.

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