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Windows 10 release date: When is Microsoft’s free upgrade available?

With less than a month left before the big launch, we’ve updated this space with news that Windows 10 will, in fact, be available on select new PCs and laptops from stores on July 29. Plus, the Technical Preview has updated to the very build that will be found on said new devices, the RTM-ready Insider build #10240.

Find more about these new pieces of info just before the “Cut to the chase” section and in the “What’s new in Technical Preview” section, respectively. But before you dig into those bits, check this out:

Original article follows…

With Windows 8 and today Windows 8.1, Microsoft tried – not entirely successfully – to deliver an operating system (OS) that could handle the needs of not only number-crunching workstations and high-end gaming rigs, but touch-controlled systems from all-in-one PCs for the family and thin-and-light notebooks down to slender tablets.

When Microsoft pulled the curtain back on Windows 10 back in September of 2014, it was clear that, with an operating system optimized for PCs, tablets and phones in unique ways, the Redmond, Washington-based firm was onto something. Skipping the Windows 9 name entirely, Microsoft issued a public preview of the shiny new OS later that autumn, known as Windows Technical Preview (WTP).

You can try it out for yourself through Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program(nearly 4 million have, as of May 2015). You’ll need a Microsoft account to get it, and it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not the finished product, so it will be a bit rough around the edges.

Since its September 2014 reveal, Microsoft held a consumer-facing preview of the upcoming OS in January 2015, and shelled out even more details during itsBuild 2015 conference back in April. As the months have passed through those milestones, new features rolled in with each Windows 10 preview build update. And now, with a release date announced, the OS is mighty close to completion.

Most recently, Microsoft sparked confusion over whether PCs bought in stores on July 29 would come packing Windows 10. The Redmond campus first said that this would not be the case, that brand new PCs and laptops would start shipping with the updated OS after the launch date.

But today, as of this writing, Dell made statements that contradicted this point, saying that it would have new PCs ready for Windows 10 on store shelves July 29. Microsoft soon after made a corrective statement to Bloomberg, saying that Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Acer will begin shipping PCs on July 29 with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A complete update for Windows
  • When is it out? July 29
  • What will it cost? For current Windows 7 and 8.1 users: a free upgrade will be offered for one year; then $119/£99/€135 to start if you miss the window or buy a new license

For more information contact RCCT for more details.

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/windows-10-release-date-price-news-and-features-1029245

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