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Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 – Available In 190 Countries As A Free Upgrade


At an event in New Delhi, Microsoft unveiled today Windows 10 OS for broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for more personal and productive experience.

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Microsoft also annocned today that Windows 10 will be now available from today as a free upgrade in over 190 countries and it will be standard feature on new new PCs and tablets. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit will also become available from today for experiencing the new world of Windows 10. The new Windows Store will now have additional apps such as  “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta”, Hulu, iHeartRadio, USA TODAY, “Candy Crush Saga”, and others including WeChat and QQ, which will launch soon. 6 Popular existing Indian apps such as Zomato, BookMyShow, Jabong, Gaana and Mobikwik, among others, will be available as Universal Windows Apps very soon as well.

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Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, “Windows 10 is the best Windows ever. Today, Windows 10 will be available across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. It is more personal and more productive. It’s safer and more secure. And it’s familiar and always up to date. In India, more than 1500 retail stores across the country will help consumers move up to Windows 10. I am excited that many Indian and multinational partners are ready to offer a variety of Windows 10 devices.”

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 is the most secure Windows Microsoft has ever released, with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing, and innovations such as Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in. Keeping up-to-date is also simple, as free updates will help people stay current with the latest features and security updates for the lifetime of the device.

Windows 10 has features of voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs. It has been designed to work with Office and Skype and allows you to switch between apps and stay organized with Snap and Task View. Windows 10 has following key features:

  •  Cortana, the personal digital assistant, makes it easy to find the right information at the right time
  • New Microsoft Edge browser lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web
  • The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices
  • Continuum optimizes apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes
  • Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices
  • Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices
  • The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store. The Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets.  OneNote app comes pre-installed with Windows 10.

For businesses, Windows 10 includes built-in enterprise grade security, so customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities, and run only the software they trust.

Microsoft has explained in details the procedure to upgrade to Windows 10 OS, which we reproduce below:

”Upgrading to Windows 10 is easy for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Starting today, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within their work environments, and starting Aug. 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

Retail partners of Microsoft are also ready to help people upgrade to Windows 10.  Devices running Windows 10 will also be available in some retail stores around the world between mid-August and September”.

In India, Microsoft has tied-up with Microsoft Priority Reseller stores, leading organized retail chains including Reliance Digital and Vijay Sales, Croma to help Indian users to upgarde to Windows 10.

Those users who want assistance for upgarding to Windows 10 theselves can also call toll free helpline number in India – 180011110.


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