Windows 10 is going to be free for some lucky Windows PC and Windows Phone users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Phone 8.1 on their devices in the first year after its launch.
New Features in Windows 10
Windows 10 also brings with it a variety of new features, according to The Schwartz Report:
Microsoft gave a number of reasons to “love” Windows besides the free upgrade:
-The Spartan Web browser, with a rendering engine better suited for modern Web applications
-Cortana, the Windows Phone digital assistant, now for PCs and tablets
-Universal apps such as MS Office Suite, designed to let a user stop working on one device and quickly pick up where they left off on another
-An Xbox app that will allow Xbox users to run games on their PC or Windows tablet
-HoloLens, which looks like a competitor to Google Glass
-Surface Hub: a Windows 10-based 55-inch and 84-inch Ultra HD display with Skype for Business built-in, sensors, cameras and the ability to mark up content with any phone or device
Qualifying for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade
Those who do qualify for the free upgrade – home users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 – must be connected to the Internet have have Windows Update enabled, plus there are some other requirements to qualify for the offer, as pointed out in Redmond Magazine:
There are some unspecified hardware and software requirements associated with the deal. Apparently, a device just has to have hardware that’s capable of running the Windows 10 preview. A Microsoft spokesperson described those specs as follows:
-Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
-RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB)
-Free hard disk space: 16 GB
-Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
-A Microsoft account and Internet access
The free upgrade offer is not available for Enterprise users, Windows RT users or users of prior operation systems. New Windows 10 Enterprise features are planned to be revealed in March and general commercial release is planned for Fall 2015.
Oh, and one more thing: like all the operating systems before it, a Windows 10-compatible PerfectDisk is in the works.
Which Windows 10 features are you most looking forward to getting your hands on?