Windows 10 – Introduction

Windows 10 – The ‘Threshold’ of Windows OS Family

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The latest and the so-called ‘last addition’ to the Windows NT family is Windows 10. Scheduled for its worldwide release on 29 July 2015, Windows 10 brings the concept of ‘Windows as a service’ along with its software suite.

The long gestation period of Windows 10 can be justified with the revolutionary features that have been carefully curated and selected that may make the masses adore it so much that it will be last Windows OS upgrade they will ever need, according to the Microsoft officials.

The best part is, one can upgrade to Windows 10 for free if they possess licensed versions of Windows 7 and onward. The prime objective of this PC OS version creation is to create a ‘Windows Store Ecosystem’ across multiple Microsoft product platforms including mobiles, tablets, surface, smartphones, Xbox.

Its latest official preview was Insider Preview (v10.0.10166) which was released on July 9, 2015. With a hybrid kernel, the Windows 10 OS is suitable for IA-32, x64 and ARMv7 platforms. One can easily get its free updates via Windows Store, Windows Server update Services, Windows Update and Peer to Peer.

Latest Additions

The popular Windows Runtime platform was first introduces in Windows 8 and the Windows 10 continues it in its architecture thus allowing its users the facility to use same applications across multiple platforms while sharing a common code. Its user interface constitutes the best of entire Windows NT hierarchy, including:

  • Start Menu
  • Live Tiles
  • Virtual Desktop System
  • Notification Sidebar
  • Customisation of User Interface behaviour (for convertible laptops and tablets)
Cortana – Siri for Windows

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The latest additions to the Windows OS in Windows 10 are:

  • Cortana (an intelligent personal assistant)
  • Microsoft Edge (Web Browser)
  • Face recognition and fingerprint login
  • WDDM and DirectX (latest versions)

Coming to the point of Windows 10 being the last update of Windows OS family, the company has planned a multi-tiered approach to launch its timely updates for Home, Pro as well as Enterprise editions.

Codenamed ‘Threshold’, Windows 10 marks the gradual transition of Windows OS from being a software product to a service with long- term support facility. The mobile users who have their smartphones running on windows 8.1 can get free upgrade to Windows 10 starting from July 29, 2015.

Windows 10 Home Screen

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The complete list of Windows OS editions suitable for free Windows 10 update is as follows:

Windows 10 Pro

  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 professional

Windows 10 Home

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Starter

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