Windows 10 has to be one of the most anticipated Windows OS in a very long time. Not only is Microsoft adding many features users actually want and bringing back the start menu, the OS will also come with the new DirectX 12 graphics API, which has already proved to be quite impressive. Microsoft has promised to have the operating system ready for summer, but we are still not sure when the final release date will be.
Microsoft has confirmed that they will indeed launch Windows 10 this summer. This new operating system will ship with the new Spartan web browser that has Cortana built in, reading view, and support for on-screen hand drawn notes. There would be no better device to show off Windows 10 and these features than a new Surface product. So we could in fact see a summer launch for the Surface Pro 4.
It looks like there is a new codename on the Microsoft roadmap, it is called Redstone. From what we are hearing it will be a large update to Windows 10 expected in 2016. Windows 10, which was codenamed “Threshold” is to be released this summer. In the fall there is going to be a large update to Windows 10, which will still be called Threshold. This will be in addition to smaller and regularly released updated and fixes.
Microsoft has rolled out another new preview build of Windows 10. This new build will give users their first taste of Microsoft’s new web browser, Project Spartan. As we talked about before Microsoft will be slowly retiring the Internet Explorer brand and Project Spartan, a brand new browser will take over.
Last week the guys over at PCWorld got their hands on the latest 3DMark test that actually shows how much more efficient the Windows 10-only API than its predecessor DirectX 11. Microsoft has said that DirectX 12 should have more than double the performance of the current DirectX 11 API, but looking at these results it shows quite a lot more!
Typically when Microsoft releases a new version of Windows we see a Release To Manufacture (RTM) version of Windows that ships in August and then the official version would be released by October. We know this will not be the case as Microsoft already announced that Windows 10 will be shipping this summer.
We reported yesterday that Microsoft stated that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who have pirated versions of the operating system will still get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released this summer. Microsoft has clarified this saying that they will allow users to get its latest distribution for free, but they are not giving it away for free.
It looks like when it come to software pirates Microsoft is willing to forgive and forget. It has been reported that Microsoft plans to fight Windows piracy in China by upgrading bootleg copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free this summer.
Microsoft has revealed some of the hardware requirements to run the desktop version of Windows 10 when it is released this summer. The below slide does not go over everything, but does discuss memory, storage, graphics, screen size and firmware requirements.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will officially launch this summer. It will be released in 190 countries and 111 languages. While Microsoft has confirmed a summer release they did not specify an official release date.
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