Microsoft launches much-awaited Windows 10

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Microsoft launches Windows 10: 10 things to know about its features.

It seems like only a short time ago, the release of a new Windows operating system was something that was welcomed with general fanfare and more than a little consumer excitement. REDMOND, Wash., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade1 or with new PCs and tablets.Microsoft will start rolling out its new operating system Windows 10 around the world, including India, with a host of new features as the longtime leader in PC software tries to lure back consumers who gave up on Windows for mobile devices. Microsoft went wrong with Windows 8/8.1, and the all-new Windows 10 shows how the company gracefully accepted the mistake and made the right amendments.

Armed with new innovative features like Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge, the long-awaited Windows 10 would be available to computers and tablets in 190 nations. “A new era of Windows starts today. Replete with a redesigned web browser called Edge and Cortana, Microsoft is looking to recapture some of the market share lost to rivals Apple and Google and lay to rest the ghosts associated with its 2012 Windows 8 system. – Upgrading to Windows 10 is easy for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. It was a time before apps were routinely being written by teenagers, and the idea of a 21 year old heading up their own global network was a little more scarce than it is today. The move to address that, Windows 8, wasn’t quite as successful as Microsoft would have hoped, and the company learned a valuable lesson as a result: never mess with the Start menu.

People can adapt to change over time, but try too much too quickly and there’s a high chance you’ll come off the worse in the ensuing battle. remember the time lots of users asked for the Desktop to become an app? Microsoft encourages people to share how they plan to #UpgradeYourWorld and to vote for a global nonprofit to receive a cash donation by simply mentioning the nonprofit in a post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtags #UpgradeYourWorld and #vote. It’s familiar enough so that most people will probably feel comfortable upgrading, with a sprinkling of new user-centric features that shows Microsoft’s eyes are on the future. “Nadella has been clear that it’s not enough for the company to get people using its products, it also wants them to enjoy using them. Windows 10 includes built-in, enterprise-grade security so that customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities and run only the software they trust.

Windows 10 has clearly been designed with that thought in mind — whether it’s enough to convince people to love their Windows PCs remains to be seen,” the daily reported. The biggest change is that Microsoft has brought back the much-loved “Start Menu” from Windows 7, allowing users to browse through a list of their most-used programmes. However, it still needs some fixes. ” Unlike Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge isn’t stable – the browser crashes pretty often, and you’ll see that the browser freezes every now and then. Instead of expecting normal users to know they could just start typing anywhere on their home screens to search, Microsoft has provided Cortana as a visual cue.

The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store.4 Built for work on-the-go, the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets. The Pro version has business-level security, group policy management and remote login features, but neither version will allow you to play DVD movies natively. But by clicking on a “My Stuff” tab that pops up at the bottom of the Cortana pane once a user starts typing a query, users can refine their results to local or Web,” Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet writes. “Her desktop incarnation isn’t tremendously different. Microsoft hopes to make the transition between multiple form factors as seamless as possible with a feature called Continuum, which automatically detects whether a device is being used with a keyboard, mouse or a touchscreen and adjust accordingly.

The biggest practical change I noticed is that in Windows 10 she supports the “Hey Cortana” feature on any system with a microphone—you can get her attention and give her commands at any time, just by saying “Hey Cortana.” This is only available on a limited number of phone models,” ArsTechnica writes. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimized for large-screen PCs, laptops and 2-in-1 devices such as the Surface Pro. Photo: AFP The firm has killed off Windows Media Center – its software for recording and playing TV, music and video – and replaced it with modified versions of Xbox Music and Xbox Video, which have been renamed as Groove and Movies & TV respectively. That means 1 gigahertz or faster processor, 1 gigabyte or RAM and 16 gigabytes of hard drive space for the 32-bit version or twice the RAM and hard drive space for the 64-bit version.You’ll also need a graphics card and monitor capable of displaying at least 800 x 600 resolution.

Businesses will be able to control the frequency of their updates and select the features and functionality that are right for each group of their employees. Windows 10 also comes with Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant Cortana, which pops up with notifications and suggestions, and learns the user’s preferences over time.

The new software is designed to recognise the type of device you are using, such as whether it has a keyboard attached, and it will adjust things accordingly. New management and deployment tools simplify device management, help lower costs, and enable companies to power their business with the enterprise strength of the Microsoft Azure cloud. And when the screen size is smaller it also displays things appropriately, to make sure you aren’t peering at a tiny app on a big screen and vice versa. If you’re a PC veteran, then you’ll recognize Windows 10: It’s pretty much Windows 7, with Cortana, nicer typography, and a few new features.” Re/code’s Walt Mossberg states, “I regard Windows 10 as a solid, evolutionary operating system that’s likely to be a good bet for people who like Windows.

The Windows Store offers one-stop shopping for popular free and paid apps, games, movies, TV shows and the latest music, which can work across all Windows 10 devices. The new Windows Store is the only store where people can use Cortana to control apps with their voice5 and get real-time notifications on their app tiles. People who pre-registered for the upgrade, by clicking the Windows icon on the right-hand side of their taskbar, will be notified by Microsoft once the OS has been downloaded on to their computer and is ready for installation. It lets the operating system play to the strengths of the hardware it’s running on, even as that hardware changes.” Talking about security, he further adds, “The Hello feature supports three kinds of biometrics: fingerprint, facial recognition, and iris scanning.

This would pose an issue when trying to lock the computer—it would unlock from recognizing your face as soon as you locked it—but Microsoft has noticed that issue, and so there’s a short timeout period after locking the machine during which Hello can’t unlock it.” Looks like, Microsoft has done everything to bring back the familiar Windows feel that people love, and also combine it with new elements of its last and not-so-loved Windows 8 version. According to Netmarketshare.com, Windows 7 currently has a 61% share of the global operating system market while successors Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 account for only 13% and 3% respectively. Instead of the staid, boring Start menu of Pre-WIndows 8 software, or the slight-step-too-far Start screen of Windows 8, you get something somewhere in the middle. Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

It depends. if your computer is crucial for your business and you aren’t sure if all your software will run properly with the updated operating system, it might be best to wait a few weeks to see if any bugs rear their head early on. The Windows Insider programme has been testing Windows 10 for some time, with ordinary users signing up to run the beta software, so it’s reasonably safe to assume that the final product is a stable version.

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