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All you need to know about Windows 10
By Ian Chee & Ng Chong Seng - 14 Oct 2015,6:02pm

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

Here are the features that Microsoft will be removing or deprecating in its Fall Creators Update

NEWS / 24 Jul 2017 / 3 hours 54 min ago / By John Law & Ng Chong Seng

The list is intended to help customers consider these removals and deprecations for their own planning. Hit the link to see what stays and what goes.

Microsoft renaming its Fall Creators Update to Autumn Creators Update for some regions

NEWS / 18 Jul 2017 / By John Law & Ng Chong Seng

Seasons are hard, so much so that even Microsoft can't decide between the use of 'fall' and 'autumn' as a name for its next Creators Update.

Paint.NET image editing app is heading to Windows Store

NEWS / 13 Jul 2017 / By Michael Low & Ng Chong Seng

Popular free image editing software, Paint.NET, is heading to Windows Store, but no release date has been set by its developer.

Microsoft 365 is a business-tailored Windows 10 + Office 365 subscription bundle

NEWS / 12 Jul 2017 / By Michael Low & Ng Chong Seng

It is essentially a combination of Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security products for businesses and enterprises.

You can now unlock your Windows 10 PC with the fingerprint scanner of the Galaxy S8

You can now unlock your Windows 10 PC with the fingerprint scanner of the Galaxy S8

NEWS / 04 Jul 2017 / By John Law & Ng Chong Seng

You can now use the fingerprint scanner of your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ (and older Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones) as an extra layer of security in order to unlock your Windows 10 PC. Hit the link to learn more.

Microsoft to build next-gen antivirus using artificial intelligence

Microsoft to build next-gen antivirus using artificial intelligence

NEWS / 29 Jun 2017 / By Ian Chee

Looks like the answer to the ultimate antivirus is artificial intelligence. Microsoft has decided to build its antivirus using machine learning, with 400 million Windows 10 PCs contributing to the cause. Read on to find out more.

Spotify arrives on Windows Store in the form of a desktop app

Spotify arrives on Windows Store in the form of a desktop app

NEWS / 21 Jun 2017 / By Michael Low & Ng Chong Seng

It's been a long time coming, but Spotify's desktop app is finally available through the Windows Store, with a catch.

You can downgrade your updated Surface Laptop back to its original Windows 10 S OS

You can downgrade your updated Surface Laptop back to its original Windows 10 S OS

NEWS / 20 Jun 2017 / By John Law & Ng Chong Seng

Believe it or not, there is a way to restore a Surface Laptop's Windows 10 OS back to its original Windows 10 S, although why you would do that is anybody's guess.

Microsoft Beam is now called Mixer and comes with more livestreaming features

Microsoft Beam is now called Mixer and comes with more livestreaming features

NEWS / 31 May 2017 / By Bryan Chan & Liu Hongzuo

Made for the Xbox console and Windows 10 Game Bar, Mixer also now comes with mobile support and other new features.

Linux distros will not run on Windows 10 S

Linux distros will not run on Windows 10 S

NEWS / 24 May 2017 / By Bryan Chan & Ng Chong Seng

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 / By Bryan Chan & Vijay Anand

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 / By Bryan Chan & Ng Chong Seng

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 / By Bryan Chan & Ng Chong Seng

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 / By Bryan Chan & Ng Chong Seng

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 / By Bryan Chan & Ng Chong Seng

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