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
Microsoft has received NSA endorsement

Microsoft has received NSA endorsement

NEWS / 16 Feb 2017

Microsoft has beefed up security for both its hardware and software services. In fact, some of them have even garnered the endorsement of the National Security Agency (NSA); do read on for more details.

Windows 10 users will get picture-in-picture mode

Windows 10 users will get picture-in-picture mode

NEWS / 13 Feb 2017

Among the first apps to be compatible with this feature include the Movies & TV app and Skype, but any third-party developer can add support for this mode in their UWA apps.

Cortana will now remind you of the promises you've made in emails

Cortana will now remind you of the promises you've made in emails

NEWS / 10 Feb 2017

Cortana will automatically recognize your email commitments, save the details, and proactively suggest a reminder to you to follow through at the right time. This is all using machine learning technology developed in partnership with Microsoft Research.

Windows 10 Creators Update adds some accessibility improvements

Windows 10 Creators Update adds some accessibility improvements

NEWS / 02 Feb 2017

There will be plenty of improvements that will come with the Windows 10 Creators Update, including braille display support, unassisted installation, new voices, and dynamic ducking.

Windows 10 Cloud is Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS

Windows 10 Cloud is Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS

NEWS / 01 Feb 2017

Latest word on the web is that there's a new Windows 10 version in existence; this yet-to-be-released Windows OS may just be Microsoft’s veritable challenge to Google Chrome OS. Read on for more details.

Windows 10 Creators Update adds improvements to the Edge browser

Windows 10 Creators Update adds improvements to the Edge browser

NEWS / 01 Feb 2017

Among the new improvements in the Edge browser include new tab management features, WebVR and ebook support, web payment via Microsoft Wallet, and more extensions.

What is Windows 10’s upcoming Game Mode all about?

What is Windows 10’s upcoming Game Mode all about?

NEWS / 26 Jan 2017

You will soon be able to optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. Game Mode works with both UWP and Win32 games.

Massive Xbox One update released, only available to select testers

Massive Xbox One update released, only available to select testers

NEWS / 25 Jan 2017

While the update has not been released to the public yet, a small number of select testers have managed to preview includes plenty of new features, including an updated Home look, new ways to multi-task, and Cortana gaming enhancements.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 gets new firmware update

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 gets new firmware update

NEWS / 23 Jan 2017

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has got a new firmware update, promising better system stability and longer battery life during sleep.

Windows 10’s 'My People' experience will not make it in time for the Creators Update

Windows 10’s 'My People' experience will not make it in time for the Creators Update

NEWS / 20 Jan 2017

No, the feature has not been canceled; it's just delayed to the end of year's Redstone 3 update.

Microsoft will soon be launching a ‘Game Mode’ for Windows 10

Microsoft will soon be launching a ‘Game Mode’ for Windows 10

NEWS / 16 Jan 2017

According to Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering for Xbox, Windows Insiders will be able to have a sneak preview of ‘Game Mode’ beginning this week, with the feature to be fully operational in “in builds shortly thereafter”.

Project Neon shows a glimpse of changes coming to Windows 10 user interface

Project Neon shows a glimpse of changes coming to Windows 10 user interface

NEWS / 09 Jan 2017

With Windows Creator Update coming in April this year, Project Neon may reveal some of the exciting new features that are coming to Microsoft Windows 10 user interface.

CES 2017: Qualcomm thinks ARM machines running Windows 10 can refresh PC market

CES 2017: Qualcomm thinks ARM machines running Windows 10 can refresh PC market

NEWS / 09 Jan 2017

Windows 10 will start to work on ARM chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Starting this year. This could lead to new breed of devices with excellent battery life, and Qualcomm thinks this could what the flagging PC industry needs.

ESL One Genting tournament kicks off, powered by Microsoft and partners

ESL One Genting tournament kicks off, powered by Microsoft and partners

FEATURE / 06 Jan 2017

Sponsored by Microsoft and several other co-sponsors, the ESL One Genting event kicked off today with the loud fanfare of support of fans for their favorite teams, as they compete for the grand prize of US$250,000. Hit the link to get the details.

Attempts to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 may have gone too far, admits Microsoft

Attempts to get people to upgrade to Windows 10 may have gone too far, admits Microsoft

NEWS / 27 Dec 2016

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, acknowledged that the company may have gone too far in its attempts to push users to its latest OS.