Microsoft had announced earlier that it will be officially rolling out its newest platform for tablets, desktops and laptops on the 29th of July, and well, the company has kept its word. Windows 10 is now official and will be available to consumers from today across 190 nations around the world. The new version will be available as a free update to consumers and will be loaded with an all new look and a bunch of new features.
Windows 10 will ditch the tile mode which included all the apps on Windows 8 and 8.1 and will have the desktop mode as default. The Start button will remain and will open a new menu which will include all the app tiles which can be expanded if the user wishes to. Apart from that Microsoft has deeply integrated its own voice assistant ‘Cortana’ into Windows 10 which in simpler terms acts like Google Now. The demo at the launch event showed that Cortana is fast and quite intuitive and will definitely improve the whole user experience. Other features include the Xbox One app which will be a dashboard for all your gaming needs and the brand new internet browser called Microsoft Edge. There have been improvements in security as company claims it’s the most secure Windows version ever thanks to enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen both of which help in protecting against viruses, malware and phishing.
Vineet Durani, Director – Windows Business Groups, Microsoft India quickly went through some of the new features of Windows 10 at the launch and gave a quick glimpse of what the user can expect with this new update. He also confirmed that non-genuine or unlicensed copies of Windows will be eligible for the new Windows 10 update, but once a user updates his or her pirated Windows, the machine will be marked as an unlicensed user and will be notified to get a genuine copy.
The launch event saw a variety of new and old devices running on the new update and also the new Xbox One. Microsoft also invited gamers with their own gaming desktop PCs, and a special round for a number of selected fans. While this is one of the biggest launches for the computing era, somehow the launch event didn’t have the energy. Hopefully the new update will be more promising than the official announcement.