Windows 10 will be free for a year, and comes with a new browser

Microsoft will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for the first year after the operating system launches, Microsoft’s executive vice president of Operating Systems Terry Myerson said on 21 January 2015.

Addressing journalists at a press event held at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, Myerson said the free upgrade will be available to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users.

Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will keep it current for the “supported lifetime for the device”.

“You can think of Windows as one of the largest Internet services on the planet,” said Myerson.

Just like all other online services, the question “what version are you running” will cease to make sense, he added.

“But what about enterprise?” Myerson asked.

“We will continue to support the way Windows works today, with long term branches and long term support,” he said.

Windows 10 is currently in preview via the Windows Insider Programme. Microsoft has previously said it will be available by “fall 2015” (September – December 2015).

New Windows, new browser

Microsoft also officially unveiled “Project Spartan”, a web browser that was rumoured to be in development to replace Internet Explorer.

“We think it’s the right time to build a new browser for the modern web,” Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president for the Operating Systems group at Microsoft told journalists at the company’s Redmond headquarters on 21 January 2015.

Built on Microsoft’s new cross-device application framework, Belfiore said they were focusing on three “significant features”:

Note-taking directly on a web page, with either touch using your finger or pen, or with a keyboard.

Reading Mode and Reading List, providing layout and offline reading features similar to those in Safari, as well as Pocket and Instapaper.

Cortana integration. Microsoft will be bringing its voice assistant software from Windows Phone to the desktop version of Windows 10, and will also integrate it into its new browser.

Project Spartan will come to the Windows Insider Programme in the next “3, 4, 5 months,” Belfiore said, explaining that features will be rolled out at different times.

According to a report by MyBroadband, Microsoft will also be releasing holographic technology and accompanying headset in the Windows 10 timeframe, dubbed the Microsoft HoloLens.

Republished with permission from MyBroadband.

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