The new Windows 10 operating system will be available in 190 countries on July 29, as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
That day, people will get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets, through the offer of a free upgrade, or a new device with Windows 10 in the stores authorized by the manufacturer. The new devices with Windows 8.1 can also easily upgrade to Windows 10; in turn, at points of sale, authorized personnel help with the migration of the devices.
Also, since June 2 it is enabled the option to reserve free update in www.windows.com or downloaded the Get Windows 10 application, available in the Windows Store for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and 8.1.
The update can upgrade free of charge until 29 July 2016. After that date will cost process that is not yet revealed.
Windows 10 for cell phones will be available through original equipment manufacturer or provider of mobile phone services. There is still no exact date for introducing the new version of the operating system in this range of devices.
Who have version Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium Windows 7 migrate to Windows 10 Home. If you have the Professional or Ultimate edition, will have Windows 10 Pro.
In the case of Windows 8, if they have basic Windows 8.1, it will update to the Home version of Windows 10.
Windows 8.1 Pro, Pro Student and Pro WMC will migrate to its counterpart version.
Windows Phone 8.1 will have Windows 10 Mobile.
All this is possible as long as the system meets certain requirements: 1 GHz processor or faster, 1 GB of RAM for the 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit, 16 to 20 GB of space the hard drive and a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher. The minimum screen resolution should be 1024 by 600 pixels. S
Some features of the current systems will become obsolete, such as Media Center. You may have problems with some devices and drivers should make sure that your security solution will offer support for Windows 10. Programs that already work on Windows 7 and 8 also do so in Windows 10.
Five reasons to switch to Windows 10:
It will integrate applications
Windows applications store is now open in the same format as desktop programs. You can resize and move further to incorporate title bar at the top that allow enlarge, minimize or close with one click.
Windows 10 will bring several 'apps' included by default, including: Photos, Music, and Outlook Maps.
Although sold separately, include a package of Office optimized for Windows 10 was designed.
It allows multiple desktops and improve multitasking
Work on several applications at the same time is now easier. Improved function to divide the so-called 'Snap' screen. In Windows 10 can be kept open up to four applications on the same workspace. If the user occupies half the workspace with two windows, the operating system recommends other programs that could fill the remaining space.
Windows 10 allows you to create multiple virtual desktops that can be alternated, but not work simultaneously. To access these different workspaces there will be an additional task bar reminiscent of the one in OS X.
Will improve your web browser
The latest version of Windows will have a new browser called Microsoft Edge.
You have three characteristics that defines it: first, allows you to make notes and commenting on websites. This will be possible both through a touch interface, as in traditional input systems like the mouse and keyboard.
Secondly, it will incorporate a reading mode that removes graphic elements and gives priority to the text of the site that the user visits
Finally, you will have the help of the Cortana assistant in the browser, , which will facilitate the search by voice commands. The assistant will appear in the left bar of the interface.
It is clear that Internet Explorer will not disappear entirely. Version 11 remain in force for companies, since some corporate solutions so require.
Return the classic Start menu and the Cortana assistant will be integrated.
The interface of Windows 10 will resume the start menu. Now include a list of the most used applications or programs and personalized mosaic tile, or 'live tiles', as they are known in English, inherited the design concept of Windows 8.
In turn, include an improved version of the digital assistant Cortana. For users of Windows Phone, this is not new, but for PC users it will. Cortana will be displayed when you want to search
There will be oriented to provide assistance under the heading of 'Ask me anything' (Ask me what you want) bar. It will provide, in addition to this, relevant information according to the geographical location and the interests of each. In this, it resembles Google Now,
Tests are needed to see if the solution outperforms Android. It will also be distributed to Apple devices.
Virtual reality platform.
Windows 10 seeks to become the platform of choice for enjoying video games and content platforms oriented tovirtual reality platforms . The operating system will allow the use of virtual reality glasses, both Oculus Oculus Rift VR as HoloLens of Microsoft.
Both peripherals will be available from the first quarter of 2016.
On the other hand, Windows 10 will support the games that are already on the market; will enjoy the benefits of DirectX 12; and bring Xbox Live to PC. Also you can play Xbox One titles on the computer via streaming. One of the first that will take advantage of this feature is Fable Legends.