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Yesterday Microsoft took to the stage to show off even more information about Windows 10, the latest version of their operating system. This will be the next step up from Windows 8.1 and will completely skip the title of Windows 9. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the event.

The first piece of news is a large one that anyone who currently is using Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 completely for free. This includes all Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices from desktops to tablets and even to the Windows Phone.

Windows 10 will be free for everyone, unless you're still on XP

Windows 10 will be free for everyone, unless you’re still on XP

For users of the Windows tablets when you disconnect from a keyboard you will be asked if you want to switch to tablet mode. In tablet mode the applications are full screen and enable you to do things like swipe in from the left to bring up switching between windows and other ease of use tablet features. When reconnected to a keyboard then the device will resume normal desktop mode.

Cortana, the person assistant currently available on Windows Phone, will also be coming to Windows 10. Just like on the phone Cortana will be able to track things like flight information, news topics that you’d like to pay attention to. Cortana can also be used to take notes, schedule calendar appointments and search for information on the web.

Cortana will now be available over all of your Windows 10 devices!

Cortana will now be available over all of your Windows 10 devices!

Windows Phone 10 is also being worked on and has a variety of new features to compliment Windows 10 on PC. It still has the same start screen look but will allow users to set custom background photos. Office for Windows Phone 10 will have even more features and will be a lot closer to it’s desktop equivalent in terms of what you can do on it.

Moving away from the past Microsoft is dropping Internet Explorer and is instead showing off the new “Project Spartan” or Spartan browser. Spartan is a new browser designed to fit the rest of the Windows 10 environment. Some key things to note about Spartan is the emphasis on what is on the page itself leaving the tab and address bar smaller in comparison. Spartan will also have a “reading list” that will take images and PDF’s and store them within the browser so that they can be viewed at any time even offline. Finally Cortana will be integrated into the experience, during the keynote we can see information like maps, images and reviews for a restaurant while looking at the page.

Phil Spencer took to the stage to show off some of the ways that Windows 10 will be integrating with the Xbox experience and the Xbox One specifically. Some features included having the Xbox activity feed available on your Windows 10 device as well as being able to select an Xbox One game that you were playing on the console and stream it to your Windows 10 device while at home.

Finally one of the largest announcements made was the introduction of Microsoft HoloLense a wireless augmented reality heads up display powered by Windows 10. To show off how it worked they gave a demo showing the HoloStudio in use while everyone else was able to watch what was happening through another camera.

What did you think of the Windows 10 keynote? are you excited for the free upgrade or are you going to stick with your current OS? What are you most looking forward to?

Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.

  • Big Boss

    Windows 10 will stream games FROM your XB1 TO your PC. In related news, I’ve discovered if I reverse the motor on my garbage disposal, it sprays shite across my kitchen. – Some Reddit dood

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    They’re also considering doing the reverse from PC to XB1 according to eurogamer –

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    I think if they can get XB1 streaming to HoloLens that’d be pretty good for those with contested living room TVs. From a business perspective Surface Hub seemed to be interesting, but at 84in and 4k it’s bound to be very pricey. Still unsure on universal apps, hopefully Windows RT is dead and all windows 10 tablets can function as full PCs.

    The Game DVR function was interesting as it’s being put in at an OS level, and it’s really not that far to move that to a streaming function.

  • ArsCortica

    So we now have a personal adjutant called Cortana and a browser named Spartan.

    Will they perhaps rename Windows 10 into Windows: Master Chief Edition, with complimentary Dew and Dorritos in every package?

  • David Fitzsimmons

    Windows 10 free… what is the catch? What is this thing going to do that makes microsoft want to give something away? So far all I know is that one screen says first year. Will they be attempting some sort of free year trial thing then nail you with a fee to continue? Maybe just overly pessimistic

  • jonas nielsen

    No, the one year is simply your window to upgrade for free

    The reason they’re doing this is to avoid a situation similar to windows xp where they had to support it for a long time because people were reluctant to upgrade. Support costs lots of money so if they’re successful they’ll easily make their money back by giving free upgrades

  • Big Boss

    which would make more sense, but people who want to game in the livingroom need to adjust their setup, i for one wouldnt want to game in the livingroom yet in my bedroom i have a 37″ (old) plasma i can play games on when i want to lie in bed

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    No you have a 1-year window in which your upgrade to Windows 10 is free, after that it’ll be like a normal windows upgrade price.

  • Sounds like it is answering all the question I was not actually asking 😉