By Stephen Pate – Windows 7 and 8 users will get an early gift of Windows 10 when it launches this summer.
Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson made the announcement in China March 18th, 2015. “We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Windows has always been global with more than 1.5 billion users around the world.”
The target date had been in the fall of 2015 which tells us that Microsoft has made tremendous progress with the development and testing of its new flagship operating system. Windows 7, 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users get Windows 10 free. Enterprise licenses have an upgrade fee.
Windows 10 will be to Windows 8 what Windows 7 was to Vista – the fine tuning of a new operating system. With Windows 8, Microsoft attempted to pull off a new operating system and it got hammered in the press.
Personally, it was a tempest in a tea pot. I use Windows 8 from the Previews up until today on 3 desktops and multiple portables. Windows 8 is a better operating system than Windows 7.
Features that you will notice right away with Windows 10 are:
- New Start menu that blends Windows 7 and Windows 8
- A unified interface that works for small screens like tablets and phones and desktops
- New Spartan internet browser replacing Internet Explorer
Under the covers, Windows 10 is smaller more efficient operating system that uses the same core programs on phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. It will work efficiently on computers with 1 GB of RAM, down from less than 3 GB for Windows 8.1.
Windows 10 will scale from the smallest portable devices to desktops. Corporate users will get a slew of new security and integration features to control systems and data and keep out unwanted intruders.
Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer