Microsoft has finally named the date for the general availability of Windows 10. It will become available beginning 29th July this year. Users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Key features of Windows 10 include the return of the Start Menu, support for DirectX 12 and innovative features such as Cortana and Continuum.
While Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu and is said to be better than ever for desktop PC users it is also designed to run on the "broadest device family ever", including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens.
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will qualify for a free upgrade for a full year following 29th July 2015. In an email to HEXUS concerning the upgrade, Microsoft said that "Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device—at no cost."
If you want to be one of the first to get your free Windows upgrade you will be able to reserve a copy. If you look down at your system tray icons today you might notice a little Windows icon that wasn't there before. If you click that you can reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade. It is said to be a 3GB download.
*Must be running the latest version of Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) to receive the free upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update.
**Must be running the latest version of Windows 8 (Windows 8.1 Update) to receive the free upgrade to Windows 10 via Windows Update.
*** Also applies to Windows 8.1 country specific editions, Windows 8.1 Single Language, Windows 8.1 with Bing.
****The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier.
Windows 10 OEM pricing?
During the weekend popular online tech retailer Newegg started to list OEM versions of Windows 10 for sale. It listed Microsoft Windows 10 Professional - OEM for $149.99 and Microsoft Windows 10 Home – OEM for $109.99. Both are scheduled for release on 31st August, according to the retailer.