All you need to know about Windows 10

 

Windows 10: Fast. Compatible. Free.

In case you missed it, Microsoft has released Windows 10 for PCs, 2-in-1 devices, and tablets on July 29, 2015 in 190 countries. We’ve written about the new OS during its first unveiling, and the various features Microsoft has added since then, so the biggest PC OS release since Windows 8 (well, some say since Windows 95) shouldn’t be too unfamiliar to those who have been following our site.

Still, if you're a Mac to PC switcher or Windows users who skipped Windows 8/8.1 entirely, it's only natural that you're still confused with Microsoft's latest OS. If so, the very first thing you need to know is that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. But you’d better hurry, as this offer only lasts for a year.

To delve deeper, here are three articles that we recommend you check out next:

  • FAQs on Windows 10: This article covers common topics such as Windows 10's system requirements, its pricing model, what it means when people say that Windows is now a service.
  • Installing Windows 10: This is a pictorial walkthrough of the Windows 10 installation process.
  • WIndows 10 features to look out for: This article covers the best and our favorite new features in Windows 10, such as the Start menu, Cortana, and Microsoft Edge.

For those hungry for more, do check out the column on the right, where we've curated a list of other interesting reads related to Windows 10 and its ecosystem. Because remember, Windows 10 will also run on phones, Xbox One, and IoT devices. And since Windows 10 is also about increasing productivity, you may be interested to know about the latest Microsoft Office developments.

And just recently, Microsoft released new Surface devices and Lumia phones that will further tap into the capabilities of Windows 10. The new Surface Pro 4 is an updated version of last year's very popular Surface Pro 3 tablet, while Microsoft is calling its Surface Book the "ultimate laptop". The new Lumia phones are also impressive, especially if you are big on productivity - thanks to the combination of the Microsoft Display Dock, Office Mobile apps, and Continuum.

These are truly exciting times for Microsoft and it looks like all the effort that they have put into creating a universal Windows experience across both traditional desktop machines and modern touch-enabled mobile devices is paying off.

Lastly, all Windows 10-related news and articles that are on HardwareZone can also be found in the listing below.


Windows 10 news and articles
Linux distros will not run on Windows 10 S

Linux distros will not run on Windows 10 S

NEWS / 24 May 2017

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 S will not run Linux distros, even though they're from the Windows Store.

Microsoft has launched a new Surface Pro

Microsoft has launched a new Surface Pro

NEWS / 24 May 2017

The successor to the Surface Pro 4 has arrived, and it's simply called the Surface Pro. Here are the top 10 exciting things about it.

Meet the new Microsoft Surface Pro

Meet the new Microsoft Surface Pro

NEWS / 22 May 2017

Photos of the new Microsoft Surface Pro has been floating online. You can view them here.

Build 2017: Highlights from the conference

Build 2017: Highlights from the conference

FEATURE / 22 May 2017

Microsoft's annual Build 2017 has come to an end. Here are some of the highlights from the conference.

Users of assistive technology can upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for free

Users of assistive technology can upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro for free

NEWS / 19 May 2017

A blog post earlier today revealed details of the accessibility features that are coming later this year in the Fall Creators Update.

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 now supports Windows 10 Creators Update via Boot Camp

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 now supports Windows 10 Creators Update via Boot Camp

NEWS / 16 May 2017

Thanks to this, media-free installation is now possible.

Build 2017: Here are the first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers

Build 2017: Here are the first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers

NEWS / 12 May 2017

These motion controllers will not require you to install additional sensors on a wall.

Build 2017: iTunes will be available on the Windows Store

Build 2017: iTunes will be available on the Windows Store

NEWS / 12 May 2017

Apple iTunes will soon be available on the Windows Store. Find out more right here.

Microsoft Graph improves your experience with other devices

Microsoft Graph improves your experience with other devices

NEWS / 12 May 2017

There are plenty of new features that will enhance how your PC interacts with your other devices. Key features include Timeline, Pick Up Where You Left Off, Clipboard, and yes, OneDrive Files on Demand.

Build 2017: Microsoft's Fluent Design System is Windows 10's new look and feel

Build 2017: Microsoft's Fluent Design System is Windows 10's new look and feel

NEWS / 12 May 2017

We've finally got more details about Project Neon.

Build 2017: Windows Story Remix is the reincarnation of Windows Movie Maker

Build 2017: Windows Story Remix is the reincarnation of Windows Movie Maker

NEWS / 12 May 2017

Windows Story Remix is built on .NET and distributed through the Windows Store as a universal Windows app.

Build 2017: No delay for this year's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Build 2017: No delay for this year's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

NEWS / 12 May 2017

Codenamed Redstone 3,The next Windows 10 update now has an official consumer-facing name: Fall Creators Update.

Build 2017: There are 500 million devices running Windows 10

Build 2017: There are 500 million devices running Windows 10

NEWS / 10 May 2017

Windows 10 is now running on 500 million active devices, a number that's 100 million more than what the company touted last September.

A hands-on session with the Microsoft Surface Laptop

A hands-on session with the Microsoft Surface Laptop

FEATURE / 10 May 2017

While the Surface Laptop looks like your average laptop, it has its unique points, such as a 13.5-inch PixelSense display and an alcantara-covered keyboard.

Build 2017: HomeHub will turn Windows 10 PCs into powerful Amazon Echo-like devices

Build 2017: HomeHub will turn Windows 10 PCs into powerful Amazon Echo-like devices

NEWS / 10 May 2017

There's also an always-on welcome screen that shows the family calendar, to-do lists, and notes.