Microsoft's Windows 10 to Arrive July 29
Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system will be available on new devices—and for Windows 7 and 8 users—in late July.Microsoft finally ended one of Windows 10's biggest remaining mysteries: its release date. "On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer," blogged Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems group, today on the Microsoft Website. "If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you." Windows 10 is an ambitious effort by the Redmond, Wash., software giant to unify the Windows ecosystem and bring the operating system to the devices that make up the so-called post-PC era. Myerson reminded that the software was to designed "to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens," he stated. The Surface Hub, for instance, is an 84-inch 4K video conferencing and digital whiteboard solution designed to promote office collaboration. HoloLens, meanwhile, is an augmented reality headset that splashes apps onto a user's physical environment.
Despite some of these next-generation implementations, Windows 10 is also somewhat of a blast from the past. "Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love," Myerson said. Microsoft controversially replaced the venerable Start Menu with a touch-friendly Start screen in Windows 8.