Windows 10 Launching Today; Available for Free Upgrade in 190 Countries

Microsoft Windows 10 is launching on 29th July and it will be available in 190 countries across the globe. All genuine users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are eligible for the free upgrade for upto a year.

The minimum hardware specifications requirement to run Windows 10 are as follows:

Processor: 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

RAM: 1 Gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS

Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver

Display: 1024×600

Windows 10 is coming with all new features with an aim to provide a successful user experience. Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu, but with a twist. Rather than just the traditional start menu of Windows 7, a familiar start menu can now also be populated with Live Tiles from the Windows Store apps. But this is only on the desktop. Tablets will get a different interface, as will the phone. Microsoft officials said: “We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all – we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.”

Another feature is ‘multiple desktops’. Desktops can be designated for different purposes, and users will be able to easily switch among them. It also supports Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools, as well as the traditional Active Directory and System Center approach to device management. Also, the new Windows Store will also allow volume license purchasing from within the store.

Microsoft Chief Satya Nadella said, “Windows 10 marks a ‘new era’. I hope features like digital personal assistant Cortana – comparable to Apple’s Siri, and Google Now – would set Windows 10 apart.”

Windows 10 Home edition will be available for a price of $119 (Rs 7,000 approximately) and for Windows 10 Pro edition user need to pay $199 (Rs 12,000 approximately). If users prefer upgrading from the Home edition to the Pro edition, then they can opt for a Windows 10 Pro Pack at $99 (Rs 6,000 approximately).

Microsoft launched Windows 8 in August, 2012. So after 3 years the company is all set to bring out a new Windows version with several new features.

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