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Windows 10 Release Data Announced

Windows 10 was announced last year by Microsoft and finally has an official release date of the 29th July 2015. It seems weird that they have skipped Windows 9. There has never really been any understand with each new naming technique and there are many theories as to why they have skipped 9 including the fact that Japan consider the number 9 to be unlucky. Another theory is that some old applications test for a windows version starting with a number 9 for Windows 95 and 98.

Free Upgrade to Windows 10

As many of you may have noticed already, those of you that are not on domains that is, there is a small windows logo in your notification bar prompting you to sign up for the new operating system. All users that are currently running Windows 7 and Windows 8 are receiving a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the next 12 months. If you reserve your free copy, your computer will automatically download Windows 10 when it is ready and you can then install it at your convenience. This free upgrade isn’t just a one off upgrade too. If you upgrade to Windows 10 within the first 12 months of release, Microsoft will support you for the supported lifetime of your device. They say that new features will be delivered when they are ready before major releases.

New Features Coming with Windows 10

The Return of the Menu Bar

windows 10 start menuThe biggest change that Windows 10 brings for Windows 8 users is a much a appreciated return of the start menu. Not the full menu version that is hated by many but a pop up, more customisable version.  Applications that used to also open in full screen along with settings now have the option to be opened in a windowed mode.

Internet Explorer Receives an Upgrade

Internet Explorer has always plagued users with its slow speed a lack of compatibility with many websites and web technologies. Microsoft has therefore decided to kill off the IE brand in favor of a new browser experience code named Project Spartan. It has been redeveloped with interoperability and reliability in mind and comes with some innovative features such as the ability to annotate and share a web page or read articles in a simplified view.

Cortana

Microsoft has incorporated their personal assistant from Windows Phone directly into Windows 10. It is designed to learn your preferences to provide you with relevant information and notification. Cortana has also been incorporated into Project Spartan for easier search capabilities directly from the desktop.

If you would like to read more detail about the new features of Windows 10 you can visit Microsoft or if you have any questions visit their Q & A section.