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
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.

Windows 10 and Xbox One will support Dolby Atmos in 2017

Windows 10 and Xbox One will support Dolby Atmos in 2017

NEWS / 16 Dec 2016

Come 2017, Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers will no longer have to solely depend on their sense of sight to pinpoint their enemies on the battlefield, as their ears will be put to good use as well, thanks to the adoption of Dolby Atmos audio technology.

Microsoft's Cortana could soon arrive on third party devices

Microsoft's Cortana could soon arrive on third party devices

NEWS / 16 Dec 2016

Microsoft is currently working with third party manufacturers to integrate Cortana into their devices.

Sales of Microsoft's Surface has been highly encouraging

Sales of Microsoft's Surface has been highly encouraging

NEWS / 14 Dec 2016

Microsoft has written a blog post about the momentum and progress it's making with the Surface lineup. See what they have to say right here.

Netflix now allows 4K video streaming on Windows 10, but with a catch

Netflix now allows 4K video streaming on Windows 10, but with a catch

NEWS / 22 Nov 2016

If your go-to platform for watching Netflix happens to be a PC running on Windows 10, we bring you good news. You can now stream your TV series and movies in brilliant 4K – provided that your system is up to specification.

17 apps that work with the Microsoft Surface Dial

17 apps that work with the Microsoft Surface Dial

NEWS / 01 Nov 2016

What arguably stole the show at Microsoft's Surface event last week was not the Surface Studio, but the Surface Dial input device that works with the Microsoft's AiO PC. Here's a list of all the apps that work with this funky accessory.

Icons of your favorite people could be pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar soon

Icons of your favorite people could be pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar soon

NEWS / 27 Oct 2016

The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will have the ability to pin your favorite contacts to the taskbar, where messages from them will be prioritized and appear right on your desktop.

Game broadcasting features will be integrated into the Windows 10 Creators Update

Game broadcasting features will be integrated into the Windows 10 Creators Update

NEWS / 27 Oct 2016

Microsoft's upcoming Creators Update will feature game broadcasting features baked right in, in addition to the ability for players to create custom tournaments and challenges.

Microsoft's Paint app embraces 3D

Microsoft's Paint app embraces 3D

NEWS / 27 Oct 2016

Paint 3D is a revamped version of the classic Windows app that offers new tools for the creation of 3D content.

The 'Creators Update' is the next major Windows 10 release

The 'Creators Update' is the next major Windows 10 release

NEWS / 27 Oct 2016

The 'Creators Update' has been announced by Microsoft. It is the next major release of Windows 10, and is slated to roll out in early 2017. It will come with a ton of features that empower creation in 3D.