Windows 10: Microsoft aims for Windows everywhere

Windows Insiders have been trying the Windows 10 Technical Preview for a few months, but today Microsoft announced what everyone can look forward to in 2015. This ambitious OS overhaul wants to make all your Windows devices — PC, phone, tablet, Xbox — work better together via universal apps, Continuum, the Spartan browser, and Xbox apps. Here’s what you need to know about today’s announcements.

Windows 10 is coming in 2015, and it will be free

That’s right, Microsoft has shifted its strategy and will offer Windows 10 absolutely free for current Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users for the first year after release. Windows 10 is slated for consumer release later this year — Microsoft has offered no pricing or a firm date, but fall is likely. In the meantime, Windows Insiders should see a new preview build of Windows 10 in the coming week and Windows Phone 10 in February.

Continuum will bridge tablet and desktop experiences

Microsoft promises you’ll switch seamlessly from PC to tablet, mouse to touchscreen, with Windows 10′s Continuum. Continuum will even support touch gestures for old-school Win32 applications. Notifications will sync between your phone, tablet, and PC in a style reminiscent of Apple … [Read more]

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giveaway / January 22, 2015 / Software
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