Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft says it is?releasing Windows 10, which is believed to??to be the final version of its legacy operating system.

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The Windows 10 has already been released to developers and others who have registered to receive Preview Versions of the system under the Microsoft Insider Program.

 

The release date for the Production Version will be available sometime after the Microsoft Build 2015 conference next April, and will contain information about final features and a formal release date.

 

It is deemed to be the last Windows, bringing closed to nearly 25 years of Windows as we wait until the next generation operating system. What and when that will be is anyone?s guess, and leaves open the possibility that we will simply see progressive changes to the cloud product.

 

The Cortana Digital Assistant. Introduced as an app for the Windows Phone last year, Cortana has earned respectable marks as a rival to Apple?s Siri.

 

The return of the ?start? button. For those who are enamored of the newer ?metro? desktop design, it is available at the touch of a button, and switching back and forth between the two, while largely unnecessary, will be simple.

 

A new browser, code-named ?Spartan.? This new operating system appears to end Microsoft?s divergence from other browser platforms, and offers the ability to annotate web pages, read pages more quickly, and easily share pages with friends. The Cortana personal assistant will be built in.

 

A Continuum Mode to switch between platforms. This is designed to make apps more portable across phones, tablets and PCs, easily moving from mouse-and-keyboard apps to touch-screen devices.
A new Office 365 for Windows 10. It will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.
Support for the Xbox gaming environment. There will be a new app for Xbox on the PC, which will integrate with Xbox ne (but apparently not Xbox 360) for better PC-based gaming.
Support for voice commands and hand gestures.

 

 

 

BY DAVE MCCLURE

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