Microsoft has launched Windows 10, which is offered as a free upgrade to users of licensed Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
While the new operating system is already available, the upgrade will be done in “waves,” with priority given to those who previously reserved for an update. For business customers, Windows 10 is available for deployment within their work environments, and starting August 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.
Microsoft says Windows 10 will become broadly available in retail stores between mid-August and September around the world. Devices running Windows 10 will be available in some retail stores on July 29.
Described by Microsoft as “the best Windows ever,” Windows 10 brings back the familiar Start Menu which disappeared in Windows 8.
Microsoft says the new OS is the most secure Windows, with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against security threats. It supports biometrics and full facial recognition on devices running Intel RealSense.
Highlights of Windows 10 include Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Continuum, a Microsoft Phone Companion app, and new Office Mobile apps.
Cortana is a personal digital assistant while Microsoft Edge is the company’s new browser. A handy feature, especially for 2-in-1 devices is the Continuum, which allows you to switch from desktop to tablet mode.
Built-in apps include photos, maps, Groove (Microsoft’s new music app), and Movies & TV.
The Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store. However, an Office 365 subscription is required to edit Office apps on Windows 10 PCs or larger tablets.
Mae Moreno, Windows Lead at Microsoft Philippines, said that you can buy Windows 10 once and install on all devices you have, such as laptops and tablets. The software optimizes whatever screen your device has.
Free upgrade in 3 steps
Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for users of qualified devices running on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. To avail of the free upgrade, users must be directly connected to Windows Update. Below are the three steps to upgrade:
1. Reserve your free upgrade in the Get Windows 10 app, it is that small Windows icon found at the right end of the taskbar.
Click “Reserve you free upgrade” in the app windows then enter your email if you want a confirmation of this reservation.
2. You’ll get a notification after July 29, 2015 once Windows 10 is downloaded to your device.
3. After it’s installed, you have Windows 10 for free on the device.
For those who aren’t upgrading and plan to purchase the new OS, a Windows 10 Professional Full Packaged product costs P6,000 (Medialess license, meaning no CD) or Php11,000 (with media).