As you’re probably well aware by now, Microsoft aims to release a series of regular updates for its Windows 10 operating system, and while some of these updates will have a minor role, some of them will be considerably larger and more important. The first major update for Windows 10 is codenamed RS1, and it is scheduled to arrive in June. Early versions of this update are already being tested by Windows Insiders, but the complete version will have considerably more features than it does now. So what is RS1 all about? Well, it was designed to unify different platforms such as PCs, Xbox consoles and smartphones, and it will bring about the launch of the Windows Store on Xbox One.
In an effort to further improve cross-device functionality, Microsoft’s developers will also issue an update to the PC version of Cortana that will warn users when the battery on their phones reaches low levels, for example. RS1 could also add extension support for Microsoft Edge, which could potentially increase the browser’s popularity. A second update is also in the works, but sources indicate that it won’t arrive sooner than spring 2017 even though it was originally aimed for Q4 2016. The question is: will you actually be using any of the new features included in the upcoming Redstone update, or are you just going to try to disable as many as you can and go about your business as usual?
Windows 10 is definitely enjoying more popularity when compared to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Microsoft’s latest operating system has already been installed more than 100 million times in just two months, and these numbers are only going to increase as time goes by. Actually, Microsoft wants to reach one billion Windows 10 installs in the next three years, and I’d say that this goal is definitely achievable. One reason behind the OS’s incredible success is probably the easy and free upgrade path for those who are running Windows 7 and 8.1. There are even reports of pirated versions of Windows who were eligible for an upgrade, and surely they contributed to the 100 million installs that we mentioned before.
Furthermore, gamers were definitely eager to upgrade their OS in order to prepare for future DirectX 12 games. Previous versions of Windows don’t support the new API, which means that those who want to keep up with the latest titles will pretty much have to switch over to Windows 10 sooner or later. With the impending launch of Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for Xbox One, Microsoft’s new OS will find its way to even more systems in the following years. Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet?
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If (for some reason) you don’t feel like upgrading your current version of Windows to Windows 10 or you just don’t want to purchase the operating system on its own, you can just buy one of these gaming notebooks from MSI and enjoy the pre-installed new Windows. MSI has recently announced the availability of thee gaming notebooks featuring Windows 10, namely the GT72 Dominator, the GE72 Apache and the GE62 Apache. Early reviews suggest that Windows 10 is a very good choice for gaming rigs because it comes with a series of innovative features that were designed to improve performance.
The most important implementation is, obviously, DirectX12, which is expected to enable incredibly realistic visuals as well as unprecedented gaming performance. Other highlights include the ability to stream games from a console to a PC, not to mention the recording, editing and sharing of videos using GameDVR.
As far as the three aforementioned MSI notebooks are concerned, they are each quite impressive in their own way, but the GT72 Dominator is undoubtedly the pack leader thanks to its powerful GTX 980M graphics card and G-Sync capabilities. You can check out the specs as well as the prices for all three MSI notebooks below.
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Ok, so what do we know about Windows 10 so far? We know that it’s going to be a snappy, user-friendly OS that will feature DirectX 12 as well as a plethora of other interesting features. We also know that it’s going to be launched on July 29 and that it will cost up to $199 for standalone copies. Yes, it looks like the pricing for Windows 10 will remain the same as Windows 8.1’s current pricing in the US, which means that Windows 10 Home will cost about $119 while Windows 10 Pro will set you back about $199.
Those of you who will want to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to the Pro version will have to pay $99 in order to install the Pro Pack. However, since we’re talking about standalone prices here, many of you will find them irrelevant as long as you already own Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft is keeping its promise regarding limited time free upgrades, and we now know exactly what version of Windows 10 you’ll receive depending on what you already have installed. Here are the official upgrade pathways for Windows 7 and 8.1:
Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Premium and Windows 8.1 users will receive an upgrade to Windows 10 Home.
Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Windows 8.1 Pro users will receive an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
Windows Phone 8.1 users will be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile.
Windows Enterprise, Windows RT, and Windows 8 users will not receive a free upgrade.
Regarding that last bit, if you own Windows 8 you will not be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 directly, but if you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free in order to take Microsoft up on its limited-time offer.
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Despite what appeared to be a credible leak yesterday from Newegg, it appears that Windows 10 will be launching sooner than August 31st. Microsoft has released a blog post confirming that Windows 10 for PC and tablets will be launching on July 29th, more than a full month earlier. With this official confirmation, it appears that AMD was right when it revealed that Windows 10 would launch in July.
It’s important to note that with a July release, Microsoft has a limited amount of time to get Windows 10 finalized and stable for production. It may very well be that the initial Windows 10 and the boxes shipping with Newegg are different. The initial Windows 10 launch might not have all the features Microsoft wants in it yet. This is in line in with the new Windows as a service model, allowing Microsoft to add new features as needed. So Newegg could be accurate that shipping boxes of Windows 10 will release in August while an over the air update and pre-installed Windows 10 can launch earlier.
As noted in our earlier article, a July launch makes quite a bit of sense as it manages to target the back to school shopping period that a late August launch would not be able to capture. This is important as PC sales are already declining and a new operating system has the potential to help stem the loss. As Windows 10 will be free for one year for Windows 7 and 8 users, the countdown will start on July 29th. It will be interesting to see if most users will pick it up quickly or wait till the last minute next year. As more information is released, we’ll be sure to bring it to you so stay tuned!
Every new launch is always plagued by leaks, but some are more trustworthy than others. Well-known e-tailer Newegg has released the pricing and launch date details for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Both Windows 10 Home and Professional will launch on August 31st, 2015 with pre-orders starting now. Pricing is set to be $109.99 for the Home version while Professional will cost $40 more at $149.99. These prices are in USD and it’s important to note that the Canadian version of Newegg does not yet have any listings for Windows 10.
While it’s been known that Windows 10 has been set for release later this year, the exact dates have never been confirmed. With a late Summer launch, Microsoft can count on devices reaching consumers in time for the holiday season later in the year; giving plenty of time for OEMs to start marketing Windows 10 before hand. On the other hand, it does mean that Microsoft will just miss the back to school season. Even with the holiday sales though, analysts expect PC sales to continue to fall in the short term before stabilizing in 2016.
If newegg’s information is correct, AMD ‘s previous report for DX12 and Windows 10 to launch in July appears to be unfounded. It maybe that Redmond is taking more time to polish the OS and prepare it for release, something that couldn’t be done in time for July. The July dates did make sense from a business standpoint, but it’s better for Microsoft to release something completed than rush something out.
As a final note, it’s important to remember that OEM licenses may not be reflective of retail box prices, online purchases or volume licensing. It’s unfortunate that the prices were not sub $100 as well. No doubt though, many users will be upgrading to Windows 10 for free. As the summer approaches more leaks are likely to happen so stay tuned!
We all know that Windows 8.1 was not exactly the most acclaimed version of Windows, which is why Microsoft is working hard to make sure that Windows 10 does not receive the same reviews. Until the OS is released officially, users can test it out by installing Preview builds, which are updated regularly as Microsoft fixes bugs, modifies looks and implements new features. Even though we’re at build 10122 officially, the upcoming build 10125 has leaked online, and it shows that Windows 10 will feature an upgraded set of icons that go better with its overall flat design.
Apart from the new icons, the leaked build also comes with an upgraded version of the Edge browser. The upgrade fixes a bug that prevented the browser to display full-screen content correctly, and it also includes an updated setting page that now boasts two panes. Since we’re getting closer and closer to the official release of the OS, the leaked version probably includes all final Windows 10 features. Microsoft can now focus on fixing various bugs and other issues in order to make sure that the end product ends up as polished as possible.
You can compare the differences between the previous icon set and the new one below.
I think they did a pretty good job with the new set. What do you think?
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