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

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Updated: July 29, 2015 1:51:49 PM

Microsoft has begun rolling out its new operating system Windows 10 around the world, including India, with a host of new features to lure back consumers who gave up on Windows for mobile devices.

microsoft windows 10Microsoft Corporation has begun rolling out its new operating Windows 10 system. (Image: Microsoft)

Microsoft has begun rolling out its new operating system Windows 10 around the world, including India, with a host of new features to lure back consumers who gave up on Windows for mobile devices.

The technology giant’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella will have the Windows 10 launch party in Kenya.

“Arrived in Kenya to celebrate @Windows 10 launch with fans & learn how tech is #empowering Kenyan people & orgs,” he wrote in Twitter.

India, a critical market for Microsoft, will be among the 13 countries where the technology giant will host mega events.

Here are 10 things to know about its features:

– It has introduced new innovative features like Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge. 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. People who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed.

– For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within their work environments, and starting August 1, organisations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

– Microsoft said the most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates.

– Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing, it said.

– Microsoft’s latest operating system had been designed to work across different hardware platforms, including personal computers, tablets and smartphones, its Xbox games console and HoloLens — Microsoft’s holographic headset.

– Along with the innovative ‘live tiles’, Microsoft has upped its game by following its consumers’ recommendations to bring pack the iconic ‘Start’ menu, after the company dropped it from its previous upgrade.

– The software update will be free for one year, the company has confirmed.

– The package is available as free upgrade for those currently using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Those using older versions will first have to first upgrade to 8.1 to get the free update.

– Those not eligible will be required to pay around $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Pro.

With inputs from agencies 

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