Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for a limited time only – and no this is not a trial – it’s the full version!
When it comes to Windows software things don’t stay still for too long, and the strange icon that may have appeared in the corner of your screen overnight signals the arrival of the next installment that is just weeks away.
So if you’re looking to upgrade a PC that currently uses Windows 7 and 8.1 this announcement could be music to your ears.
Microsoft are encouraging users to reserve a free upgrade for your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC and once the software is available on July 29th it will download automatically to your PC.
But away from all the hype what can we actually expect from the new Windows 10?
Well, the ‘Start’ menu is back for one, which will please plenty of users, and you will also have the opportunity to ‘pin’ your favourite apps, making them readily available whenever you need them. Not to mention Cortana – your truly person digital assistant.
But enough of the sales bumf, we wanted to know just how Windows 10 would benefit us here at Webrevolve and what it can do that Windows 8 couldn’t.
So who better to ask than our very own coding expert Kyle Woods?
“There are some features available in Windows 10 that may make working easier like the new multiple work spaces and task view, as well as the ability to open Windows Store apps in windowed mode instead of full screen, which was the only option in both Windows 8 and 8.1.
“Of course Windows 10 introduces new voice searching, Cortana, built into the operating system, much like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Ok, Google. And with Windows 10, it will be available for users on all devices including mobile, tablet and desktop.
“Microsoft has also introduced a new web browser, Edge, which replaces Internet Explorer as the default browser. It offers new features which, while more convenient for mobile and tablet users, give it an edge (pardon the pun) over other popular browsers, such as the ability to draw on web pages to make notes.
“Like Mac OS and most Linux distributions, the desktop version of Windows 10 will feature multiple work spaces, making managing and using multiple applications easier and Snapping windows to the side of the screens remains from Windows 7 so there’s a good variety of ways to manage the applications we’re using now.”
Things You Need to Know
Is it really free?
It certainly is and available for a limited time: you have one year from the time Windows 10 is released (July 29th) to take advantage of this offer.
How do I get it?
You can reserve your free upgrade in the Get Windows 10 App (the app shows up automatically as a Windows icon in your system tray at the bottom right-hand side of your screen). Once you reserve, Windows 10 will download when available, and you can cancel your reservation at any time.
Are there any requirements?
The only requirements are that your device is compatible, and you’re running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows 8.1 (Update).
Can I change my mind after signing up for Windows 10?
Yes, absolutely. You can cancel your reservation at any time prior to installing Windows 10. Here’s how: Right click on the Get Windows 10 app or Windows icon located in right end of the taskbar > Select “Check your upgrade status” > Select “Cancel reservation”
Windows 10 will be launched by Microsoft on July 29th and for more information click here.