Hello, Windows 10

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Screenshot of the new Windows 10 operating system from Microsoft. (Click to enlarge.)

It’s here. Windows 10, the highly anticipated new operating system from Microsoft, will be available, starting today, both as a pre-installed operating system on new devices and as an upgrade to current Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 users. It’s the Windows you know, only better.

What is Windows 10?

The all-new operating system will feature a refined design, which includes the return of the Start Menu. In Windows 10, the Start Menu appears as a combination of the Windows 7 Start Menu and the Windows 8 Start screen, but also includes some new Windows 10 features as well.

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Also included in Windows 10 is Cortana, which Microsoft dubs “your truly personal digital assistant.” Microsoft also says that Cortana will work “across your day and your devices to help you get things done. By learning more over time, Cortana becomes more personal and useful to you. Cortana [is] also best at reminders, delivering them at the right time and place so you forget less and can do more.” Cortana can easily be accessed using the Windows Key + C shortcut in Windows 10.

Perhaps the biggest change in Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. The Redmond, Washington tech giant has dismissed Internet Explorer in their newest OS, instead opting for a browser of their own. Edge, previously known as Project Spartan, will feature a new page layout for tabs and will pull information directly from Cortana, among other improvements. Learn more about Edge >

How Do I Get Windows 10?

All new Dell, Lenovo, Acer, and HP desktop, laptop, & tablet computers purchased at retail stores, beginning today, July 29, will come pre-installed with the Windows 10 operating system.

Windows 7, Windows 8, & Windows 8.1 users who also want to experience Windows 10 can reserve their free upgrade. Just visit this website and reserve your spot. When Windows 10 is done downloading on your device, it’s free to use for an entire year. After 365 days are up, you’ll have the option of purchasing Windows 10 permanently for $119. Windows 10 Pro will also be available as a free upgrade. After the one-year trial period is up, you’ll have the option of purchasing Pro for $199.

What Else Should I Know About Windows 10?

Microsoft has promised to provide Windows 10 users who received their product through the free upgrade with security and system updates for the lifetime of those devices. Technical support for Windows 10 will be available through 2020.

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(Sources: Microsoft, IGN, CNet, TechRadar)

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