Update 6/1: Microsoft has officially announced the release date for Windows 10. It turns out late July was correct; the actual date is July 29.
Here's Microsoft's new digital assistant Cortana making the announcement:
As she says, you can reserve your free copy now. You might have seen the icon in your Windows taskbar if you have Windows 7 or 8. It looks like this:
Original story: It might sound surprising, but I'm actually excited for Windows 10. Windows 8 was such a disaster with its Start Screen, rearranged settings and full-screen apps. And I knew it would be a mess long before it arrived, so I was dreading its launch and the confusion it would cause.
With Windows 10, though, Microsoft seems to be headed back in the right direction. It brought back the Start Menu in a nicely updated form, apps have a window mode just like any other program, and it automatically detects what gadget you're using and changes the interface to suit.
In addition, Windows 10 is getting an all-new browser to replace Internet Explorer, support for Microsoft's amazing HoloLens headset, support for biometric readers to support more fingerprint and eye scanners, and compatibility with Xbox games. It's also bringing back an essential program that was missing in Windows 8.
Plus, let's not forget, it's a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. Yep, you read that right: free. That's how badly Microsoft wants to put Windows 8 behind it.