Microsoft released the official update to Windows 10 yesterday for laptops, desktops and most of the Surface devices. This is the Windows Update that has been met with most enthusiasm till date, primarily because Windows 10 is pretty much everything that Windows 8 should have been which was less than very enthusiastically taken by the customers as well as the tech critics. It is finally that we have a full baked Windows OS available probably since the days of Windows 7.
Add to it that with Windows 10, Microsoft is finally looking to do away with software fragmentation and bring everything under one roof, the update without a doubt becomes absolutely must have. Windows 10 update is free for anyone who is running Windows 7 or 8 and is willing to upgrade.
The update center will automatically download the update for you and you can have your fun times of experimenting with Windows 10 by simply allowing the system to install it. However, if you are building your own system or are running a Windows version that is even older than Windows 7 or Windows 8, likes of Windows XP, then you will have to pay to get the update to Windows 10. Microsoft India has now revealed the pricing of Windows 10 in case you are looking for the update.
You will have to pay Rs 7,999 for the Home Edition of Windows 10 and Rs 14,999 for the Pro Edition. The prices have been made official by Microsoft here.
Skype recently had announced the plans to bring its much famous IM and video chat service, Skype for the web. This way, if you are at a cyber cafe or using the computer of a friend which does not have Skype, would be able to make a video or an audio call using Skype, without having to install the app. This is really handy for those who use an office system and cannot download an app unless the admin gives the permission to do so. Instead of relying on the application, you can open Skype and login via the browser.
Skype has now opened this Beta testing version to the users of the United States and the United Kingdom. You will be required to download the web plugin for the web variant to work. Currently, Skype for web supports browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Once you have installed the web plugin, you will be able to make calls, send IMs as well as video chat with your friends who you have added. You will have to give your browser the permission to use the webcam as well as the microphone so that you can make the calls.
Microsoft has been pretty vocal about its plans of putting all the eggs in one basket as far as Windows 10 is concerned. They are planning to bring all the devices running Windows under one roof with Windows 10 and, therefore a lot is being anticipated about the details of the release. A lot of waves were made in the tech world when Microsoft announced that for everyone who is running Windows 7 and 8/8.1 would get free upgrades to Windows 10. Not just this, that people who are running pirated versions of the aforementioned Windows will be able to upgrade, although that would not make their Windows Registry key genuine.
Interestingly, if you are outside the one-year period of free upgrade or simply on a Windows that will not receive the upgrade, for example on the likes of Windows XP, then you would have to pay for Windows 10 upgrade. The Windows 10 upgrade will start hitting the computers from July 29th onwards and you can go ahead and reserve your spot for the same. If you miss the upgrade, you will be required to pay $110 for the Windows 10 Home Package and $199 for the Windows 10 Pro Edition. If you are running the Home Edition and would like to upgrade to the Pro version, you will have to spend an extra $99 on it.
You can check out more information about the upgrade in the uploaded FAQ section on the Windows 10 website right here.
In what was easily the most interesting announcement of last night’s BUILD Conference where Microsoft gave out more details to the developers about its upcoming Windows 10 release, it was announced that Windows 10 as an Operating System will now support both iOS and Android applications, which would in some ways help bridge the gap between mobile and desktop app availability. Microsoft announced that it has come up with a quick way which would basically allow Windows 10 to quickly compile Android apps that are written in Java or C++ so that you can enjoy them on your desktops or laptops.
To do this, Windows developers can largely reuse the Android code, but will have to use some of the Windows Platform tools to be able to run the apps, but this is definitely so much better than having to start from the scratch and develop an app right from the ground up.
Not just the Android apps, Microsoft will include supporting APIs for iOS apps so that iOS apps can also be used. We have already seen the likes of Blackberry and even Android go this route from the days where only iOS and then Android apps were in majority as it saves the developers a lot of time and efforts when they cannot afford to code the apps uniquely for the platform.
Via: Android Central
Windows 10 is set to be the next major Windows release, which would attempt to bring about a vertical integration across all the major device categories including mobile, tablet as well as PC. We have already seen bits and parts preview of Windows 10 and some of its features, but a more in-depth walkthrough is set to take place today at the Build conference today.
But, well before the keynote can go live, a couple of leaked screenshots of Windows 10 give us a fair few interesting things to ponder and sit upon. First thing you will notice in the screenshot is the return of the Aero effect, which is basically translucent menus. Though this time, unlike in Windows 7, not all menus will bear the effect, and it would be present only in the Start menu which also is set to make a comeback. You have Cortana integration in the Start menu, and also the tiles have a 3D effect as well as a sort of live feed running on them with flip effect, giving us a peek into the Live Tiles for Windows 10.
You also have several subtle UI changes like in the toolbar below as well as in the newly designed Start Menu. We will definitely have a more in depth coverage of what is new in Windows 10 after the keynote today.
Microsoft has announced the Windows 10 and as expected there is no Windows 9 for us to talk about. Windows 10 brings the Windows experience that we have grown accustomed to in the long years gone by back as all the metro stuff can now be totally put to one side. Another impressive feature of Windows 10 is app compatibility as from now on, the developers will only have to develop an application for either the desktop, tablet or phone and it will be cross compatible. As a result we are moving towards a unified App store too. made sure to let everyone know that it is selling Windows as a service and not a product and therefore it was little surprise that
Microsoft made sure to let everyone know that it is selling Windows as a service and not a product and therefore it was little surprise that Cortana was introduced for the desktop. The handy voice assistant works exactly the way it does on mobile and maintains a notebook of things that it knows about you which you can see and change. There are a few cosmetic changes thrown in as well such as full screen fully functional start menu as well as a better-done taskbar at the bottom.
Microsoft announced that all the users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will get one year of free upgrade to Windows 10, for one year. This is what the official statement was:
This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge. With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time. We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.
There was also demo of the new Ms Powerpoint and Ms Outlook on the stage. The date of the rollout is not clear just yet.
After days of speculations and stories all over, Microsoft has finally unveiled their next edition of Windows, calling it Windows 10. Yes, the naming has raised as many questions as the reason to bring the new update without having much to show for it. It was rumored for a while that Microsoft will call the next Windows version, Windows One or Windows 9 or even Windows X, but its finally Windows 9.
As expected, Microsoft has called the Windows 10 update, the most comprehensive platform ever and promised that everyone upgrading from Windows 7, which seems to be their target audience alongside the new Windows adopters, will feel the massive difference. All that we had seen in the leaked screenshots of the update was confirmed, as Microsoft showed off the Start Menu which has come back after years, though with tiles for the most used apps included too. You have the desktop and the tiled environment, but more apps including Windows Store can now run in the desktop environment. You can also resize live tiles now in the tiled environment. Charms live on on the right side of Windows 10, and you have the ability to Ctrl+V to paste in the Command Prompt. There is universal search, a bit like Spotlight on Mac, but at the bottom. You also have a ‘Task View’ that basically shows all the open tasks and apps.Continuum mode allows users using hybrid tablet devices to convert from tablet to desktop mode without a problem.
The Windows 10 Preview version for the enthusiasts will be available to download tomorrow, while Microsoft promised to announce more features and final release dates at BUILD Conference, next year in 2015.
Mark down the calendar all you Windows enthusiasts as the next iteration of Windows for desktops and laptops is set to be introduced on September 30th. We had recently shared with you some of the first screenshots that have appeared of Windows 9. Some of the new features of the update include the return of a Start Menu as well as tiled shortcuts within the desktop environment. There is also a new search bar at the bottom and apps like the Windows Store which can now be run in the desktop environment.
Now, Microsoft has confirmed that the event to introduce the new Windows will take place on September 30th and most of the fans who have been left largely frustrated with half baked Windows 8 would be happy for the same. The event will be held in San Francisco and the core focus of the same will be Windows Enterprise and power users. The Technical Preview is expected at the event or shortly after that to give the developers and enterprise users a bit of a flavour in terms of the changes made by Microsoft to Windows.
It is expected, those who sign up for the Technical Preview will be served the updates across the year and they will have first chance to look at the final release which would happen sometime next year.
Via: The Verge