The highly anticipated new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 10, is to be released this July according to AMD president and CEO Lisa Su.
[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]n record, Microsoft has said that Windows 10 will be released sometime this coming summer. Despite this announcement from Microsoft, Lisa Su, who is the president and CEO of AMD, accidentally let the release date slip during a conference call with analysts and investors last month.
In response to a question from an industry analyst, Su replied by saying, “What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we’re watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up”. This is exciting news considering that Windows 10 was announced back in April of 2014 and July is just about two months away.
Back in October 2012 Windows 8, the predecessor to Windows 10, was released to various amounts of criticism. The operating system was much different from Windows 7 in the way that it introduced a tile design with different apps like a cell phone. Microsoft addressed these criticism by releasing many updates like Windows 8.1, which reintroduced the start button.
Windows 10 is currently in public testing beta and unlike previous versions, there will not be a separate Windows 10 operating system when it is released. This time around Windows 10 will be used across every single device that is made by Microsoft or runs an operating system owned by the company. This means that Windows 10 will be available on Microsoft devices like desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Not only that, but the Xbox One and HoloLens, Microsoft’s new wireless holographic headset, will have Windows 10 as well.
Microsoft will also be introducing a unique feature called Continuum with Microsoft 10. Continuum allows people using Windows 10 with a mouse and keyboard to see the new system in a classic desktop mode. If that same person were to switch to a tablet or smartphone said person will see it transform into touchscreen mode.
In addition to Continuum, Microsoft is dropping Internet Explorer for a new web browser called Spartan. This new web browser will give users the potential to annotate web pages or save them to be read later. To top it all off Microsoft is incorporating Cortana, a personal assistant tool that is akin to Siri on iPhones, to be available on Windows 10 too. All in all it would seem that Microsoft has poured in a lot of resources and work to make Windows 10 a much better operating system than Windows 8.