Microsoft just announced the release for their latest operating system at Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) in Shenzhen, China. Though there is not an official launch date, the release is anticipated for summer 2015 and will be available in 190 countries and 111 languages.
As stated previously, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade in the first year of its release for anyone using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1. Windows 10 is truly for anyone. Eurogamer.net verified this information with a statement from a Microsoft Spokesperson regarding users with illegitimate copies of the Windows OS. Their article states:
“We are excited to launch Windows 10 this summer. Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Window 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows,” “We believe customers over time will realize the value of properly licensing Windows and we will make it easy for them to move to legitimate copies.”
Microsoft has been working closely with their hardware partners to provide users with a more personal Windows 10 experience through Windows Hello. Windows Hello will provide instant access to your devices through enhanced biometric authentication – using your face, iris, or fingerprint to unlock your devices. More information on Windows Hello can be read here. Microsoft is developing Windows Hello enabled devices that will ship with the release of Windows 10.
Gamers should also be excited for this upgrade to the Windows OS as there will be better integration between Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. One of the new features will allow remote play of Xbox One games on a Windows 10 PC or tablet using an Xbox One gamepad as a controller. Console gaming will no longer be constrained to your living room couch. All that’s needed is a connection to your local Wi-Fi. A new Xbox app will be introduced, allowing you to chat with friends, see their achievements, and share your latest game clips. Speaking of recording gameplay, Windows 10 will introduce game DVR functionality.
All in all, Windows 10 seems to be becoming a refined operating system, filling the gaps where Windows 8 fell short. This summer, look forward to a fully integrated experience for all of your entertainment needs.