Windows 10 is almost here!
What to expect?The best way to describe Windows 10 is the beautiful combination of the best features and looks from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For those of you that love the simplicity of Windows 7, they are bringing the Start Menu/Button back! For those of you who love the innovative flow of Windows 8, there is a full screen mode of the start menu to get the large tiles and blocks. Every device known to man (laptop, tablet, phone, xbox, etc.) will have an interface called Windows 10 that will be almost identical with some minor differences. The new look is sharp and sleek. Microsoft is finally focusing on its appearance and giving itself a good self image. Instead of copying its competitors, they are going for their own feel and style.
You can check out ALL of its features at some of our older blogs.
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How much will it cost?
FREE! With little to no catch. At first, Windows said it would be free for a year, but now they have confirmed that it is free for life as long as you claim it shortly after it comes out. Here is the official fine print from Windows 10 page on Microsoft's website:
“It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.”
In other words, if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then you can get it for free and download it yourself. If you have a business version of Windows or a Surface RT, then you are out of luck.
So... When is it available?
Beta versions are available, however I do not suggest you use them while at Harding because DormNet will not support your computer if it has a problem. Experts believe that the full blown version will be released no earlier than June 2015, but it is definitely coming out in the summer at some point and time. At Microsoft's Build conference in April, they are supposed to announce the official release date of Windows 10.
Other Things to Watch From Microsoft
Microsoft Surface Hub: A 55 inch and 84 inch TV that acts like a Windows tablet/computer.
Microsoft HoloLens: The era of holographic computing at your fingertips and in your daily life.
Project Spartan: FORGET INTERNET EXPLORER. A new Microsoft browser is cleaner and faster.