{:en}Windows 10 Launch{:}

{:en}Yesterday, Microsoft began sending out their new operating system Windows 10 to consumers and businessess alike.


Due to the backlash that their previous operating system Windows 8 had brought, the compnay decided for Windows 10 to hold the best features of Windows 8 and the preferred Windows 7. A feature brought from 8 is the addition of Live Tiles. Live Tiles were a way for people to access their most used application and other software quickly. A feature from Windows 7 not in Windows 8, a permanent desktop when booted has been brought back much to everyones delight.


The much used Windows Media Center has been replaced by two separate programs. For films and television you will use ‘Movies and TV’ and for everything else, you will use ‘Groove’. A virtual assistant similar to Apples ‘Siri’ called Cortana will come along with Windows 10. It may make suggestions for you and even learn your user preferences in time.


Anyone using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be able to upgrade for free, People using Windows 8 will have to upgrade to 8.1 before upgrading to 10. To purchase, Windows 10 Home will cost £99 (140 euro) and Windows 10 Pro will cost £131 (187 euro). Since the amount of people who have requested for the upgrade is so high, Microsoft have stated that not everyone will get it at once. They will give people in their respective countrues access to it systematically.


To run Windows 10, you must meet the requirements of: 1GHz or more processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB hard disk space for 32-bit machines or 2GB of Ram and 16GB hard disk space for 64-bit machines, a DirectX 9 graphics card that has a WDDM 1.0 driver and an 800 x 600 display or better.


To learn how to get your free upgrade, visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows/windows-10-upgrade


Edward O’Neill{:}

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