From 1.0 to 10
Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985. There were drop-down menus, scroll bars, icons, and dialog boxes that made programs easier to learn and use. You were able to switch among several programs without having to quit and restart each one. Windows 1.0 came with several programs, including MS‑DOS file management, Paint, Windows Writer, Notepad, Calculator, and a calendar, card file, and clock to help you manage day-to-day activities. There was even a game—Reversi.
30 years later, Windows 10 is on the horizon and there are quite a few question left unanswered. We asked Microsoft to provide us genuine and reliable information on the topic. Here are the results …
Is it going to be the last Windows ever?
“Windows 10 will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers. We aren’t speaking to future branding at this time, but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations.” – Microsoft.
YES! You heard right!
Windows 10 will be totally free for everybody that has Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. According to Microsoft all the upgrades will be free but you may also purchase a copy of Windows 10 if you decide not to upgrade, or if you need to purchase a copy for other reasons like installing on a PC you built yourself. The price for the retail edition is $119.99.
A free upgrade to Windows 10 will be available to qualified new and existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
“We want an engaged customer base on the latest version of Windows 10 and we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure and introducing new features and functionality over time – at no cost.” – Microsoft.
What if I have Windows 7 Ultimate edition? Will I get Windows 10 Ultimate as well?
If you do have an Ultimate or Professional edition of Windows 7, you will get the Pro edition of Windows 10. However, if you have any other edition of Windows 7, then Windows 10 Home will be your free upgrade. The same goes for Windows 8.1. Both Pro and Pro for Students edition will get you the Pro version of Windows 10. And the standard retail edition of Windows 8.1 will get you Windows 10 Home. The European editions of Windows 8.1 (N) will get their appropriate editions as per the above. If you decide you want the Pro edition of Windows 10 instead of the Home edition, that will cost you $99.99.
Updates instead of service packs
For the first time, Microsoft will deliver Windows as a service, with the commitment to offer ongoing innovations and security updates.
“In this world, Windows 10 is continuously improved and keeps getting better and better – for our consumer and business customers. We’re incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made and believe we are nearly ready to ship Windows 10 broadly to the world.” – Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson.
Windows 10 system requirements
Promised to be the best Windows OS yet, Windows 10 will be released on 29 July 2015. Minimum system requirements really are minimum, it is very easy to upgrade, even on older devices. You will need 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and a Microsoft DirectX 9 compatible graphics device.
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