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Microsoft unveils Windows 10 details

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 details
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Windows 10 is the next major version of Microsoft Windows, and it's due out later this year. Microsoft is hoping 10 will placate its customers after Windows 8 turned out to be really unpopular, not without good reason.

Over the last year, Microsoft has been slowly releasing details about the new release, but today it gave a full demonstration of the upcoming operating system. So, is there anything in there that's going to make you upgrade? Let's find out.

Basic tweaks

As promised, Windows 10 is going to fix many of the mistakes in Windows 8. It brings back a version of the Start Menu, and ditches the Start Screen on desktops and laptops.

Apps are now loaded in windows, just like traditional programs, so you can move them around the screen however you want. Windows 10 will also streamline tablet and computer settings so you aren't hunting through multiple areas for the settings you're used to. In other words, it works more like Windows 7.

There will also be some new features like improved notifications and virtual desktops, which I've mentioned before. However, there are five new things Microsoft revealed.

But first, I'm just going to tell you the most compelling reason to upgrade: it's free. Yep, if you upgrade from Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone in the first year, it's absolutely free. Vista users are going to need to pay, but no one knows how much it will be yet. Still, if you're unhappy with Windows 8, this is a deal you're probably going to want to take!

OK, back to the new features.

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