What’s Coming in Windows 10?

What can you expect from Microsoft’s next ‘big thing’.–PC Pitstop

What’s Coming in Windows 10?

Bob Rankin

Will Windows 10 fix everything that was wrong with Windows 8? What new features will be in the Next Big Thing from Microsoft? And will you really get Windows 10 for free? Read on for the scoop…

What’s Coming in Windows 10?

Microsoft held a 2 hour, 15 minute press conference on January 21 to tell the eager world everything it wanted to know about Windows 10… except when the next-generation operating system will be released. “Later this year” remains the official estimate.

The release date of Windows 10 may be vague because there are so many cooks in the kitchen. About 1.7 million people have downloaded the Win 10 developer preview and generated 800,000 bits of feedback on 200,000 topics, according to the company. That many suggestions will confuse any development effort even if none of them end up in the final product.

But it’s likely that a lot of feedback from developers will find its way into Win 10 because they are the group that will make or break this product. Developers got their Windows 10 infomercial in October; this January show was aimed at consumers. Not enterprise IT managers with their boring focus on management, security, and standardization, but average consumers who want the comfort of the familiar and the excitement of the novel. Here’s what Microsoft promised them:

First, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for end users who have Windows 7, 8, or 8.1. That offer will stand for one year after the eventual release of Win 10. (Presumably those still running XP or Vista will have to pay to move to Windows 10.) Microsoft hopes to quickly whet developers’ appetites with lots of Windows 10 converts. Also, Windows 10 is the gateway to Microsoft OneDrive, Office 365, and the other components of Nadella’s “cloud-first” mantra.

Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri “personal digital assistant,” will be coming to Windows 10. Actually, Cortana lives in the cloud, interacting with you through all of your connected devices to learn as much as possible about you; just so she can help you better, you understand. On a PC, Cortana will be able to do things she can’t do on a phone, such as open a Powerpoint presentation. But don’t expect perfection; when asked who will win the Super Bowl, Cortana chose Seattle by seventy-eight and a half.

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5 thoughts on “What’s Coming in Windows 10?”

  1. Windows 8.1 was and (for the moment)still is
    a FREE download(upgrade)! Refresh/Restore
    Windows 8.1 And you are back in Windows 8?
    Reinstall all security updates and than
    You can reinstall Windows 8.1, now you have this free update to Windows 10(for 1 year)
    In 2018 You need to refresh/ restore ??
    Are you still dumb enough to buy the crap
    called Microsoft Windows? I’ll wish you well

  2. I’m not sure if I’ll upgrade from 7 to 10. Esthetically, I was deeply disappointed with Office 365; it looked washed out and somehow kind of ‘cartoonish’ with the icons they were using. If Windows 10 has that same pale pastel look, I’ll stick with 7 for as long as I can. An interface is something you have to look at each time you go on line and it should be pleasing to the eye as well as functional! I’ll wait and see what 10 looks like and how it fucntions before I make the decision to upgrade!

  3. If they want XP users to migrate, they should put Outlook Express back. That’s why I am still holding on to XP. No, I don’t trust microsoft to hold my email for me. I do not want online email. I want a client – one that can import my outlook express messages and folders.

  4. My Windows 7 Ultimate went down, and someone stole my original disk, though I still have the original license numbers. I’m using XP on a different hard drive. My hope has been to reinstall Win7Ultimate with hope also of recovering at least some of what was on the original, and then be able to upgrade to 10 when available. But I don’t know how/where to
    access a legit 7 disk so I can reinstall.
    If I were to install UBUNTU “over” Win7 on the hard drive, would I be able using a recovery program to bring back the Win7 files
    that were lost? Thanks.

  5. I have Windows 7; so, I will be eligible for the free upgrade during the one-year window of opportunity. As I still understand it, there are still a significant total number of XP and Vista (particularly XP) users. If I’m right and Microsoft has a more than insignificant desire for them to upgrade,
    Microsoft should offer them a free upgrade, though perhaps for a shorter period of time, such as 6 months. Considering the economy and stagnant income that many people are experiencing, they might need such an incentive to upgrade.

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