Microsoft recently said that Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 available for free for those users currently running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 on their devices. Microsoft Windows 10 Consumer Preview made its debut at Microsoft’s launch event held on Wednesday 21 January, where Redmond announced multiple hardware and software updates. The company says that Windows 10 will be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for the first year but declined to say anything on the pricing structure.
Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new version of Windows, also introduce new wearable 3D gadget calls the HoloLens. The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with 3D images, at an event company also revealed new features coming to the new operating system. Microsoft will bring new apps and updated apps to Windows 10 that will work across PC, phone, and tablet, so user can hand off from one device to another.
Considering the Windows 10 for Phone will be optimized for use on screens. The Action Center on Windows Phone will be synchronized with PCs, while the settings menu has been given a makeover with Windows 10. Universal apps include Microsoft Office, designed specifically for Windows 10 on devices including smaller tablets. There will be an integrated messaging hub for Skype, texts and other IM services on phones running on Windows 10. The new Outlook app will use the full Word engine providing complex editing capabilities, and will introduce common swipe commands such as left to delete and right to flag. The photos app has been refreshed, and a new social network aggregation app and music app introduced. The photo app will gather photos from all your devices so that you can see them anywhere, and the app will have a duplicate remover and an auto-enhance function. The people app will put your contacts from various social networks in one easy-to-search directory. The music app will let you create and edit playlists from your own library, Spotify-style, and will integrate with OneDrive to allow syncing across devices.
Microsoft’s Cortana is a digital assistant will make the jump from Windows Phone to Windows 10, assuming control of many of the operating system’s search features. Cortana learns from your behavior, customizing search results and displaying only information that is relevant to you, capable of answering questions and responding to commands such as “Play music” on desktop and laptop computers, as well as mobile devices.
Spartan is the new web browser of windows. It won’t be available in the first Windows Insider builds, and it will only come to phones eventually, will arrive on PCs first before rolling out to Windows Phone. Cortana is also being integrated directly into Spartan.
Microsoft’s also introduce Windows 10’s gaming chops by deeply integrating Xbox capabilities into the operating system. A new Xbox app essentially looks like a more fully fleshed-out version of SmartGlass, letting you chat with your Xbox Live pals, view your achievement information, or access game DVR clips. DVR-like features will let you record and share game clips, and the new Xbox app will let you stream gameplay directly from your Xbox One to any Windows 10 device.
Microsoft’s HoloLens is a new interactive virtual-reality headset and not just a peripheral but a standalone holographic computer featuring an advanced CPU, GPU, and what Microsoft calls a holographic processing unit (HPU). With HoloLens, you see virtual reality overlaid in your actual environment. Holographic APIs will be enabled in all Windows 10 builds to encourage third-party development. Microsoft says that the HoloLens will be made available within the Windows 10 release timeframe, so there’s a chance we’ll see it in stores by end of year.
On 21 January Microsoft unveiled an early build of Windows 10 running on mobile phones, which will roll out to Insiders in February. The software is the same for all devices with 8 inch screens or smaller. The final version of Windows 10 for phones will be ready at the same time as Windows 10 for larger-screen devices, expecting to come on Q2, 2015. For the first year Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all devices running Windows Phone 8.1. Thereafter Microsoft pledges to keep your smartphone up to date and secure for the lifetime of the device, viewing Windows 10 as a service rather than a software update.