Windows 10 will introduce an updated Start Menu, a notification center, support for virtual desktops, a brand new integrated browser, and a host of other usability updates.
The new Microsoft’s personal assistant called Cortana, similar to Apple’s Siri or Google Now, will also be available as an essential part of Windows 10, even on desktop computers also with the introduction of Microsoft HoloLens, a holographic computing platform.
Note: The internal Microsoft codename for Windows 10 was Threshold and the presumed final name was Windows 9 but Microsoft decided to skip that number altogether.
Windows 10 Release Date
While there has been no official date announced yet for the release of Windows 10 by Microsoft, it is rumored to be released in the Fourth Quarter of 2015, possibly in October.
Windows 10, once released, will be Windows 8 successor, Microsoft’s most current version of Windows.
Windows 10 is being released in two core phases:
First was Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is a limited-time use, beta release for software and hardware makers, as well as testers like you and me. This version of Windows 10 was made available on October 1, 2014 and is continually being updated.
The second and final release will be the final copy of Windows 10, which will be referred to at Microsoft and to computer makers as Windows 10 RTM (Release to Manufacturing). This is the version of Windows 10 you will be able to purchase later this year.
Windows 10 may be the last major version of Windows ever, with smaller, more incremental, improvements made via updates in the future.
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Windows 10 Editions
According to Rumor, it is being said that Windows 10 will be available in three editions:
- Windows 10 (for inexpensive tablets; possibly called Windows 10 RT)
- Windows 10 (for traditional PCs)
- Windows 10 Enterprise
It’s not yet certain whether or not Microsoft will further split out any of these editions, as in Pro vs Standard, etc., but most of the comment I’ve seen is that customers want less choices when buying Windows, not more.
All versions will likely be available in 32-bit or 64-bit editions, but a 64-bit exclusive version of Windows can’t be too far off.
Windows 10 will also be available to phone, television, automobile, and other manufacturers, creating a similar experience across all devices that run Windows OS. This is referred to by Microsoft as their OneCore effort.
Windows 10 Minimum System Requirements
There hasn’t been any information on the minimum hardware required to run Windows 10 yet, but expect it to be similar to the requirements for Windows 8:
- CPU: 1 GHz with NX, PAE, and SSE2 support (CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF support for 64-bit versions)
- RAM: 1 GB (2 GB for 64-bit versions)
- Hard Drive: 16 GB free space (20 GB free for 64-bit versions)
- Graphics: A GPU that supports at least DirectX 9 with a WDDM driver
If there will be any change in this regard, it would definitely be an increase in the space required by the windows 10 installation files.