Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will become available today as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets.
Windows 10 will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more - with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing.
The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available from today, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.
Windows 10 is fast and familiar - with the return of the Start menu and Live Tiles for instant, streaming updates of what matters most.
Windows 10 is more personal and productive, with voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs. It's designed to work with Office and Skype and allows you to switch between apps and stay organized with Snap and Task View.
Windows 10 - Key Features
- Cortana, the personal digital assistant, makes it easy to find the right information at the right time.
- New Microsoft Edge browser lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.
- The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
- Continuum optimizes apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes.
- Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft's new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.
- A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
Top apps available on Windows 10
The new Windows Store opens today and has begun accepting new apps for Windows 10. The Windows Store offers one-stop shopping for popular free and paid apps, games, movies, TV shows and the latest music, which can work across all Windows 10 devices.
The new Windows Store is the only store where people can use Cortana to control apps with their voice and get real-time notifications on their app tiles. All Windows Store content is certified by Microsoft to help keep devices safer.
In addition to existing Windows 8.1 apps such as Netflix, Flipboard, Mint.com, "Asphalt 8: Airborne" and The Weather Channel, the Windows Store provides a constant stream of the new and updated Universal Windows Apps, including "Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta", Hulu, iHeartRadio, USA TODAY, "Candy Crush Saga", and others including WeChat and QQ, which will launch soon.
6 Popular existing Indian apps such as Zomato, BookMyShow, Jabong, Gaana and Mobikwik, among others, will be available as Universal Windows Apps very soon as well.
Upgrading to Windows 10 is easy for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Starting today, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed.
Vineet Durani, Director - Windows Business Group, Microsoft India said,"We are entering a new era of Windows. For the first time, we built Windows 10 alongside our customers - the feedback of more than 5 million Windows Insiders helped shape Windows 10."
He added, "The response from Insiders in India has been overwhelming as well and we are excited to be bringing Windows 10 to India. And what better way to introduce it than by celebrating the Insiders and fans who played such an instrumental role in making this happen."
Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, "Windows 10 is the best Windows ever. Today, Windows 10 will be available across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. It is more personal and more productive. It's safer and more secure."
He added, "And it's familiar and always up to date. In India, more than 1500 retail stores across the country will help consumers move up to Windows 10. I am excited that many Indian and multinational partners are ready to offer a variety of Windows 10 devices."