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.
The most annoying thing about Windows 10 is that it isn't out yet. Yes, you can download and run the preview version right now, but those are incomplete and a bit buggy for everyday use.
Microsoft wasn't being very helpful, just saying it would be "sometimes this summer." However, AMD chief executive Lisa Su accidentally revealed a bit more on a recent conference call.
According to her, Windows 10 is going to be out in late July. That's still not a solid date, but at least it means we won't be waiting until the end of August or even later.
So, are you looking forward to Windows 10 as much as I am? Are you going to upgrade? What feature are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments.