By Editorial team
Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade starting on July 29 2015, and genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be entitled to a free upgrade for a year. Here is why you’ll want to upgrade!
Windows 10 brings back the Start menu that makes it easier for you to find files, pinned applications and your favourites. Windows 10 starts fast, resumes fast and helps enable batteries to last longer. With Live tiles that are also available on the start menu, you can now access your latest emails, and calendar events as well as the latest updates from your social media, sports, and news platforms.
The Start menu can also be expanded to fill the whole screen or you could unpin the Live tiles and resize Metro apps to recreate a more Windows 8-like experience. The choice is yours.
Universal Windows Apps
A unified code that works across desktops, tablets and smartphones makes it easier for iPhone and Android developers to transfer their code into the Windows ecosystem, rapidly filling in the gaps in the Windows Store. Now there are more desktop features packed into smartphones and tablets by giving the interface a thumb-friendly redesign. This will also make it easier for locally developed Africa apps to be integrated onto the platform. As Cameroon born Visual Studio app developer, Ludovic Giyoguem, says” It’s very important for Africans to build their own apps. Africa is moving forward, and a continent cannot move forward if there is no technology.
Use Windows 10 across all your devices in a familiar and consistent experience. Continuum enables devices to transform, enabling elegant transitions of a tablet into a PC, and back, allowing a Windows phone to become like a PC.
Continuum takes the best of the Windows 8 experience that works great for a tablet experience and the best of the Windows 7 experience designed for mouse and keyboard and brings them together in a user friendly way that allows the consumer to choose which works best for them based on their device and usage.
Windows tablets will default to Windows 8-like mode that’s better suited for fingers, and hybrids will intelligently switch between the PC-friendly desktop mode and the Windows 8-like mode depending on whether you have a keyboard attached.
In tablet mode, the Start menu expands to fit the full screen, as do Metro apps. If you’d like to force a switch, the new Action Centre has a dedicated “Tablet Mode” button that you can enable or disable at will.
With so much of our day revolving around interacting, and sharing information online, Microsoft Edge will empower you to do more with the modern web.
Microsoft Edge is designed to get things done online with built-in inking, sharing and reading view. It offers quick results and content based on individual interests and preferences. Fast, streamlined and personal, empowering people to focus on just the content that matters to them and actively engage with the Web.
Microsoft Edge works best on touch devices and is also really easy to use with a mouse & Keyboard.
On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favourite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you.
You can reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade now through a simple reservation process. Look for this icon in your system tray at the bottom of your screen, simply click on the icon, and then complete the reservation process.