Windows 10 Release Date Announced

Latest version of Microsoft's operating system coming in July

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Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 will be available for PCs and tablets worldwide from July 29.

The confirmation was provided on the Windows Blog, where Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of its operating systems group, said the release was the start of Microsoft's efforts in delivering a "more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices."

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As revealed in March, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first twelve months following Windows 10's launch.

Although Microsoft initially indicated those running pirated versions of Windows would also be able to upgrade to genuine Windows 10 for free, it has since said this is not the case.

"While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to non-genuine Windows devices, as we've always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a non-genuine state." Myerson said.

"Non-genuine Windows has a high risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions," he added. "Non-genuine Windows is not supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner."

Microsoft is, however, working with partners to make upgrading to a legitimate version more appealing.

"In partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a non-genuine state," he said. "Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers."

Microsoft is working with Chinese Internet giant Tencent to bring League of Legends to Windows 10, while Candy Crush Saga will come pre-installed on the latest version of its operating system.

Windows 10 also features a new Xbox gaming app, which won't require Xbox Live Gold. Additionally, Windows 10 will allow Xbox One games to stream to PCs and tablets running the new OS. Cross-platform play will also be supported, starting with Fable Legends.

Microsoft has said its ambition is for Windows 10 to reach 1 billion devices by 2018. Windows 10 is expectedfor Xbox One later this year.

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If I ever upgrade to Windows 10 it will be when I have a DirectX12 video card.

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@corpsehatch: from most of the information, all DX11 cards will be compatible with DX12 and they will also get improve boost, even low end rigs will get benefir from DX12 at least that's what MC has show and tested.

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I wonder if DX12 will be as big of a deal as it's hyped up to be... I guess we'll find out in a few months.

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@4kgamer_lmxxx: Well, we'll find out in a year or so when games actually come out with full support for it.

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So, basically, I'll be upgrading in June 2016 then. Don't really see any DX12-powered games coming out before then, anyway.

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If I upgrade to W10 wil I have to re-install STEAM and all my games? ohhh yeah?

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@Karmazyn: Chances are that only the system files will change and your applications, pictures, documents, etc. will be migrated over to W10. Also, I always recommend having your steam games on a separate hard drive, that way when you go to reformat you don't have to reinstall everything. At least that is what I do.

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@Karmazyn: No you won't.... it will keep your computer and documents in 'current state' and just update the O.S

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@Karmazyn: Probably depends on what version of Windows you're coming from. Probably wouldn't need to coming from Windows 8.

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@Karmazyn: It's always a good idea to reinstall everything. You COULD try running it out of the "legacy" install folder, but that'll get messy very quickly.

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I'm used to Windows 7 so I'll keep using it.

I'm a simple man.

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@warriors30: ur right. but you cannot just sit on the same system all time. it is really boring. Trying New OS sometime feel kinda fun and refreshing.

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@ksbwings@warriors30: Good point but... nah. I'll jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon eventually, but for now Windows 7 is all I need.

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LOL.

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Well this is either going to be a lot better than Windows 8 or a whole hell of a lot worse.

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@balrogbane: Well, Its MS, XP was good, Vista sucked, 7 was good, 8 sucked, so 10 is going to be good? lol

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candy crush preinstalled, << LINK REMOVED >>

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wait, people actually watch other people's game streams? Ok sure, If someone like me is too afraid to play Deadspace 2 etc, I understand but why would anyone watch some other kid play minecraft ? Beats me, anyway, I am off to make my Penne Rigate from Barilla, bolognese sauce already cooking up.

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Sweet, looking forward to try it out :D

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i really hope it will work with boot camp on my mac mini

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@gunnmetal: Why buy a computer that you need to run a second OS on to make it useful?

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Same. Got the mscbook pro dual booted 8.1

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People will switch simply because they despise windows 8 and peiple witg windows 7 will switch because its new and not windows 8

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@eternaldragoonx: Don't understand why the Windows 8 users don't upgrade to Windows 8.1.

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@eternaldragoonx: Only people that haven't tried Windows 8 or have a real poor learning skills.

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Currently I'm enjoying 8.1. Have played with beta 10 and enjoyed it. I'll grab it on day one. :)

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That's quicker than I thought. Definitely going to download it as soon as it becomes availible. Only that pre-installed Candy Crush Saga kind of bothers me. I'm not interested in that, so why do you make me have it against my will?
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@carswell: They threw minesweeper and solitare on people's computers since 3.0, why is this any different?

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@carswell:

Download the Win10 technical preview, install it in a VM, open the feedback app, and add some upvotes to the feedback that's asking Microsoft to not include Candy Crush. We need to make our voices heard if we don't want it.

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From what beta news has been written about windows 10, sound pretty good. But... I have no problems giving it a few months, as I remember the ME, Vista, and 8 launches all to well. As the saying goes, 'let pawns go first'. Since windows 7, 8.1 will be supported by every game and applications released for many years yet, nothing is worse then compatibility issues those first couple of years.

While upgraded api will be welcomed for gaming, games will still look and run fine on older OS.

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@jenovaschilld: 10 is basically the same OS as 7, and 8.1 so compatibility won't be a large issues. It was getting XP which was a different platform that was the big jump.

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@busterfriendly@jenovaschilld: Yeah, i have heard that any program working now should be fine, but of course there is 100% chance that a certain program or function you need will not work at just the most inopportune time.

'Murphy's Law of computing', it's not what can go wrong will go wrong, it actively waits to find the worst time to get you.

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no windows 9? because 10 8 9

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@jeffreybernabe: no 9, they wanted to name it X, because the 'x' makes it cooler but enough sane people told them they are old and that was stupid.

From now on - there will also be mandatory updates to the os, like a 10.1, 10.2, 10.2.7 etc. virtually meaning no future stand alone OS releases. You will of course still need to pay for them.

Truthfully, windows 8.1 - was a huge upgrade and core changes to 8 that the man power and money alone .... well you could easily consider 8.1 as 9.

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@jenovaschilld@jeffreybernabe: didn't go with 9 because it will start software problems with old stuff made for windows 95 and 98

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@Shilleto@jenovaschilld@jeffreybernabe: lol

I am still suffering from the Y2k bug, my netscape mail account has not recovered.

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@jenovaschilld@Shilleto@jenovaschilld:

Have you tried searching for a solution on Altavista? I think someone had an Angelfire page with some troubleshooting steps.

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anybody knows if upgrading will delete all files on your hard drive?

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@Gamer3344: on technical preview you can choose from 3 options: 1, keep all setting and files 2, keep files ( docs etc) 3, 'clean' install ( still keep all your files except program files, and even those are stored in windows.old folder )

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@Gamer3344: I also wonder if I should upgrade or clean format+fresh instal my win8/8.1 before upgrading.

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@GunEye@Gamer3344: According to them, and journalists : you will not lose any data, you will not need to do a clean install either - the new OS will take care of everything on its own.

BUT ON THAT:

-back up everything of course

-while almost all programs supported now should still work, there will be 100% chance something you use will not. Murhpy's Law

-I hugely worry about - game emulators and cracked versions of games (not all cracks are illegal, not all emulators are illegal) but because of the way they are written- windows ten may not be supported by most of those types of programs and worse W10 may just quarantine them.

-also those that use torrents (again not all torrents are illegal) may want to wait a year before trying 10 as stuff like peer block, probably won't work.


I really feel positive from what I have heard from 10 beta users so far, but also worry much of the nuts and bolts access to the OS will be even less accessible then 8, which was just horrible, but improved with 8.1. With each new OS the users 'choices' goes down.




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@jenovaschilld@GunEye@Gamer3344: I have been using the developer's preview for a long time, I have to say it is better than 7 and I had no compatibility issues.

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@jenovaschilld@GunEye@Gamer3344: I don't believe it can block pirated games, only an antivirus can do that

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@Gamer3344@jenovaschilld@GunEye: Automated microsoft security essentials with no control of what not to quarantine, is my worry.

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@jenovaschilld@Gamer3344@jenovaschilld:

It's called "Windows Defender" now and it can still be disabled if you don't want it. I wouldn't worry; it's the same one they offered in Windows 8/8.1 with no real changes.

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@MHzBurglar@jenovaschilld@Gamer3344@jenovaschilld: actually 'windows defender' is put out to pasture (below 7) and Microsoft 'security essentials' (7 an above) has taken its place until os10 gets here with its form of anti-malware, security program etc.

But unlike both of them now, certain aspects of security essentials (or whatever they may call it) that is built in cannot be turned off and is automated. As some journalists have written already on beta builds of what it is and what it does but not to what extent. Still plenty of ???s

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