Microsoft is making waves this week with its freshly unveiled next version of the company’s iconic Windows software — Windows 10.
Microsoft’s plan, if you haven’t heard, is to make the software upgrade free for many users — a different path for Microsoft to say the least. Yet it’s a move — or a “gamble” according to The Wall Street Journal — that is designed to “sacrifice some of its desktop revenue” in hopes of ramping up business and earnings for Microsoft on other digital devices.
The software upgrade will come at no cost for users of Windows 7 or later versions.
“Today really is a monumental day for Windows,” trumpeted Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit. “Windows 10 is so much more than the latest version of Windows. Windows 10 changes the rules of the game.”
So what’s new in Windows 10? For starters, there are holograms – or “Windows Holographic.” Then there’s Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri. Gone is Internet Explorer (but there’s a promising new browser due to fill IE’s void). Oh, and the Start menu is back following its unceremonious and unpopular removal from Windows 8. And there’s even a new Windows 10 design interface dubbed “Continuum.”
Want to know more? If so, check out Microsoft’s introduction to Windows 10 here.