Windows 10 will officially launch on the 29th July with all new features including the return of the start menu, the adding of Cortana, the new Microsoft browser – Edge and Windows Continuum are a few of the main new features.

Here is a list of all the great new features:

  • The start Menu is back in back in an expanded format. The design combines both the traditional Windows 7 style with the Windows Live 8 tiles and benefits both touch screen and mouse users. The start menu also incorporates new enhanced search capabilities through Cortana.
  • Cortana is Windows’ personal digital assistant. Cortana like its counterparts Siri and Google Now is already available on Windows phone but will be available for PCs and tablets operating Windows 10. Cortana learns your habits and preferences and makes predictions based on this information providing you with relative information and recommendations.
  • Microsoft Edge, is an all-new browser designed to provide a better web user experience. It has been speculated that the new browser “which has been named Project Spartan” is to replace Internet Explorer but this is not certain. Edge features include, a sharing option where you can type notes directly onto webpages and share with others, thanks to Cortana you also have instant access to key options like making reservations and reading reviews without leaving the page.
  • New Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail & Calendar apps with updated designs that look and feel familiar from app to app and device to device. You can start something on one device and continue it on another since your content is stored on and synched through OneDrive.
  • Office on Windows: Apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook will have an almost identical look and feel to their desktop counterparts, but will be optimized for touch and screen size. All your files can be accessed through the Microsoft cloud via any device regardless of where they were created. With new touch-first controls in Excel you can create or update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. Like the whole of Windows 10, these apps are designed to work on Windows 10 laptops, tablets and phones.
  • Xbox live and integrated Xbox App: Communicate with your friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One – while playing any PC game. Capture, edit and share experiences with Game DVR, and compete against players across devices and stream games from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 device from anywhere in your home.
  • Windows Continuum enables laptops and 2-in-1 devices to elegantly transform from one mode to the other, enabling smooth transitions of your tablet into a PC, and back. On 2-in-1 devices, your screen can be configured to work with touch or keyboard and mouse. The OS detects if a keyboard or mouse is attached and adapts its usage mode accordingly. The new Windows phones with Continuum can be connected to a monitor, mouse and physical keyboard to make your phone work like a PC.

 

Functionalities which are lost

Certain traditional Windows features have been scrapped with Windows 10

  • Media Centre: Present in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 the software Media Center will not appear on Windows 10. However, an application DVD reader will be available for all those with Media Center. However Windows 10 will not read DVDs natively and will have to pass by a third part application such as VLC. Windows 10 also says Goodbye to the DVD reader / writer via USB reader.
  • Scrapping of certain desktop Gadgets or Windows Live Essentials The application OneDrive will no longer exist under Windows 10 and will be replaced by the OneDrive mailbox
  • Candy Crush Saga will be preinstalled on the OS, the games Solitaire, Minesweeper and hearts will no longer be preinstalled but will be available via the Store.

Get Ready for Windows 10

Windows 10 is already available for test via the Windows Insider Program. The Windows insider program is a community made up of fans who can test the solution and play a part in shaping it’s development. The version now close to release is only being tweaked and perfected.

The latest version will be available for free upgrade to customers running on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (having skipped Windows 9) for the first year.

So what happens after the first free year will there be an extra cost attached? The question that Windows 10 will have a cost attached after one year has been dismissed by Microsoft.  Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10 it will be supported for the lifetime of the device at no extra cost.

People already running Operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can upgrade for free. It is already possible to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade through a simple reservation process. LAn icon should be displayed in your system tray at the bottom of your screen, simply click on the icon, and then complete the reservation process. You can find more details on how this works at Windows.com.

The release date is set for July 29, and will be available for PCs and tablets first and will become available on smartphones at a later date.

 

Sources :

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/06/01/hello-world-windows-10-available-on-july-29/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-youve-got-questions-ive-got-answers/