It is finally Windows 10 day and we are here to bring you all the good news. The first official details of Windows 10 came in last October, but we definitely didn’t get enough geek love then. Today Microsoft is taking over the stage and giving us a slew of details that you will love.
Windows 10 is already being tested by millions and well in the works and everything is getting ready for Microsoft’s epic come-back. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the details and get you hyped up.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade!
This could likely be the most exciting announcement at today’s Windows 10 event. At the very least it’s the one your wallet will be most happy about, as Windows 10 has been announced to be accessible via a free upgrade.
All Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users will be able to get Windows 10 at no extra price! Isn’t that exciting? Now let’s jump into what Windows 10 really has to offer.
Project Spartan is real, and the new browser seems awesome
We have heard many rumors about Project Spartan, a new browser that is said to come to Windows 10. This browser should have a cleaner look and improved features. The latter is what we are hearing more about today at the Windows 10 event, where Project Spartan has been made official.
Let’s face it: Internet Explorer is no longer as awesome as it was when we were young. The browser got a bad fame a long time ago, and though things have changed, the brand is simply no longer good for marketing. Microsoft knows this, and that is why they are re-branding and re-imagining the browser for Windows 10.
What is new? Well, Microsoft is not giving us all the details yet, but they did tease us with a few new features they are bringing to the table. This includes a new way of inking, or annotating, on web pages. Users will be able to make notes on websites, upload them to OneDrive and even share them.
Other features include a reading mode that gets rid of all the web clutter (much like what Apple has been offering), as well as Cortana support, allowing you to speak to your browser. These features are turning your browser experience into more than just hardware and softwre. The new theme is to break down the walls that separate us from our content. It’s about turning an image in a screen into a living thing that you can touch, change and even talk to.
Microsoft shows us how Windows 10 works on mobile
Microsoft is taking a big step with Windows 10, the first operating system that truly embraces all form factors and sizes. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and even TVs will come with Windows 10. And each device will have the software tailored for taking the most advantage of its size and shape.
We knew Windows 10 would come to all sizes already, but today Microsoft is giving us a first look at what it will look like. Interestingly, it looks a lot like Windows Phone, but it does bring you the performance and features of full Windows. More than ever, mobile devices are truly becoming a little PC in your pocket.
This is why the company is working on making universal apps that adapt to your specific devices. They are the same apps in mobile and desktop (just like the OS), but they are magically fitted into your smaller screens too. Microsoft has set its separator at 8 inches. This means that devices with 8-inch screens and under will get the mobile experience. Go any higher and the UI will look more like a desktop.
Microsoft is also improving its messaging services have been improved. IP-based messaging services like Skype will be able to be integrated straight into Windows 10, as is video calls via Skype.
Microsoft will likely go into more detail on mobile later, but we are getting a nice little teaser now. Oh, and if you are looking to really become an on-the-go office master, mobile users will get Word, Excel and Powerpoint for free with Windows 10 mobile devices.
The guys at The Verge managed to get some video. Here it is.
Gaming for days!
Microsoft made it a point to tell us that gaming would be taken to the next step with Windows 10. For starters, the Xbox app has been improved. Users can now voice and video call their friends on Xbox Live. Users can also easily edit and share video game clips through an internal service that looks a lot like Instagram. They call it the Activity Feed.
The highlight of gaming really was when Microsoft executives started talking about Xbox integration on Windows 10, though. Microsoft offers amazing gaming via its popular console, but these games can’t really be taken advantage of when using a Windows device. This is something that changes with Windows 10.
Users will literally be able to stream Xbox games to their Windows 10 devices. You can control these games with an Xbox controller from anywhere in the house. It’s pretty exciting, as it also means you won’t need a super powerful computer in order to play resource-intensive games. NVIDIA and others offer similar services, but they require powerful (and expensive) hardware.
To end things with a blast, Microsoft also announced DirectX 12, a technology that not only improves performance and graphics, but also takes battery life consumption during gaming down by 50%! This technology is being backed by big developers like Unity, Unreal Engine and Lionhead Studios.
With so many people using Windows devices, this technology will really unlock the gaming potentials of both Windows 10 and Xbox. They are blending the lines between these completely different platforms. So much that Microsoft also mentioned that Windows 10 is actually coming to Xbox One! Not much else about this was discussed, but think of the possibilities. The Xbox One may very well be able to replace your computer soon!
Microsoft also announced a couple devices. We felt they needed their own coverage, so we covered them separately. You can hit the links right below to learn about them. They are actually pretty awesome!