Windows 10 Release Date News: Brand New OS Is Free For Windows 8.1 Users [REPORT]

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The new Windows 10 operating system promises to seamlessly move between all devices and more. Microsoft

The latest Microsoft 10 is embracing smartphone and tablet interfaces as the new operating system marks a major paradigm shift for the historically desktop-centric software company.

Essentially, the new Windows 10 is a much needed revamp of Windows 8, which irked and alienated native desktop users. The new operating system hopes to deliver an interface that is just as capable on the desktop, smartphone, Xbox gaming console, and everything in between.

For one, Windows 10 will introduce a Universal Apps Store that is designed to offer apps for all platforms (laptops, phones, and tablets). That said, there has yet to be a significant new device that will show off the latest Microsoft 10: the unveiling of the next-generation Surface tablet and Lumia smartphone may not be until the Mobile World Congress in March.

In addition to the known Windows mobile flagships, speculators expect new convertible 2-in-1 hardware to further exploit Windows 10's multi-platform design. For example, a new Windows 10 feature known as Continuum allows the interface to work in both touch-optimized as well as mouse and trackpad layouts.

Finally, the biggest buzz surrounding the latest Windows 10 OS is the next-generation Microsoft browser. Dubbed "Spartan," the new web browser is set to replace the dated Internet Explorer. While details regarding "Spartan" are not fully revealed, we know that the new browser will feature Cortana, said to be Microsoft's answer to Siri. That said, Cortana works more like Google Now and tracks calendar, emails, and location-sensitive updates.

Current Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be happy to know that the latest Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade. Stay tuned as we learn more about Windows 10 in the months ahead. Windows 10 is expected to arrive later this year. Rewatch the Windows 10 press conference at the official Microsoft website.

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