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Microsoft Windows 10 event recap

Photo: Screenshot from Windows Blog

Yesterday Microsoft held an event to give consumers a better look at the new upcoming operating system, Windows 10. They kicked off by announcing that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for the first year (nice right?). It looks as though they are going the way of Apple with offering current users/consumers free upgrades to keep the loyalty, and to be honest it's not a bad idea. Now let's look at some of the details on this operating system

I have been tinkering with the Windows 10 Technical preview on a virtual machine since it came out and honestly I like it. It's like a merge of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Pulling the best features from both. The users have been providing feedback and Microsoft has been listening. This operating system will be cross-platform, working on both touch devices, regular laptops/desktops and mobile.

Windows 10 will also be bringing with it a new web browser, currently codenamed Project Spartan, which boasts distraction free reading view, Cortana (Microsoft's virtual assistant) integration and the ability to annotate directly on the webpage. Speaking of Cortana, Microsoft's virtual assistant is also incorporated into Windows 10, you can talk or type commands to Cortana, and there a variety of options to allow for you to control how it functions. If you want to download the technical preview you can do that here and you can download a free program to run virtual machine called Virtual Box. Virtual Box is a program that allows for the creation of a system within a system if that makes sense, you can create a virtual computer, and install the operating system there to see it. The program is free. You can also check out this article for step-by-step instructions on how to complete the install of the Windows 10 technical preview.

No exact release date as of yet, but if you check out Windows 10 you can sign up for emails to keep you in the loop when it's available. I'll also be keeping you updated here!

Oh and one more little thing they introduced, Microsoft HoloLens, HoloLens is a holographic

computer, it has no wires, or peripherals. It uses the HPU (Holographic Processing Unit) to put 3-D images into our world, so think of it as a virtual reality computer system but better!

Windows 10 photo credit: Microsoft presentation


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