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Windows 10 free upgrade coming on July 29

Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade notification on Windows 7
Windows 10 free upgrade
Microsoft has finally made it official, revealing the release date of Windows 10 - July 29, when this new operating system will hit 190 countries, but only for PCs and tablets.

Microsoft announced earlier today the release date of Windows 10, thus validating some recent rumors and leaks. According to the Redmond giant, Windows 10 will reach no less than 190 countries in less than two months, on July 29. The official press release also confirms that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to get Windows 10 as a free upgrade that can be automatically downloaded after release and then installed as needed.

Windows 10 brings back the notorious Start menu Microsoft removed from Windows 8, but also comes with the following highlights:

  • Windows Hello instant and secure access via biometric authentication
  • Microsoft Passport service for easier, safer online access to various websites, including online stores
  • Windows Defender anti-malware protection
  • optimized for both keyboard/mouse-driven machines, as well as touch-enabled devices 
  • Cortana personal digital assistant
  • Microsoft Edge Web browser (previously known as Project Spartan)

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users began to receive a notification earlier today that allows them to reserve their Windows 10 free upgrade already, but everyone should be able to upgrade for free even after the late-July release. Unfortunately, only PCs and tablets will get Windows 10 in July while other devices will receive the upgrade "later this year," claims Microsoft.

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Codrut Nistor, 2015-06- 1 (Update: 2015-06- 1)