Excitement has been buzzing about the latest version of the Windows operating system, dubbed Windows 10. After a sneak peek at the pricing levels by Newegg, Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10 will be released to the public on…
Users of Windows Phone or the Windows 10 Insider Preview can now ask Cortana when the Windows release date is, or you can let me tell you that it will be released on July 29.
As a quick rehash, Windows 10 will basically be a combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8, and here are some of the features:
- Cortana. Users of Windows Phone will already be familiar with the “world’s first truly personal digital assistant”. There will be a Cortana Live Tile in Start, as well as a search window in the task bar that will search both your computer and the web, through Cortana.
- Microsoft Edge. Codenamed “Project Spartan”, Microsoft Edge is a complete redesign of Internet Explorer, with such things as a Reader mode, integration with Cortana, built-in commenting via typing or inking, plus integration with Dolby Audio.
- Office. Along with Office 2016 Microsoft is turning Word, Excel and Powerpoint into Universal Applications that will offer a consistent experience across all Windows devices.
- Xbox Live & Xbox App bring a familiar gaming experience to users of the desktop, with Xbox Live available to Windows 10 PCs and tablets.
- New designs for Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail & Calendar apps, with syncing to OneDrive so you can have everything in your cloud no matter what device you’re on.
- Windows Continuum allows 2-in-1 devices to elegantly switch from Desktop Mode to Tablet Mode and back again. With Continuum you’ll also be able to hook your Windows Phone up to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse and use it like a regular desktop computer.
- Windows Hello will let you log into your device via biometric recognition, such as your face, iris or fingerprint.
- Windows Store has been revamped and cleaned up, and all apps will run in its own sandbox, which will make for easier and less messy installs/uninstalls.
Microsoft has also released the list of Minimum Requirements for your machines:
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 (to freely upgrade to Windows 10)
- Processor: 1GHz or faster
- RAM: 1GB for 32-bit; 2GB for 64bit
- Hard Drive Space: 16GB for 32-bit; 20GB for 64-bit
- Graphics: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: at least 1024×600
Suffice it to say, if your computer is no more than 4 years old it should be able to run Windows 10 just fine. For more information on the Windows release date, check out the sources below.