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Ready for the Windows 10 ‘free’ upgrade?

Microsoft announced that the latest Windows 10, one of its biggest products in years, will be available starting July 29th, 2015.

The company is giving the bulk of its Windows users a free upgrade to Windows 10 so long as they update within the first year. But for people who aren’t eligible for that promotion, the company is maintaining status quo on single license pricing. If you’ve got an outdated version of Windows (anything older than 7) or build your own PCs, Microsoft’s latest release will cost $119. That’s for Windows 10 Home, and the Pro tier will be priced higher at $199.

Windows 10 could be the spark – It’s a combination of new and old technology. Among the most prominent new features is Cortana, the Microsoft virtual assistant that has become a centerpiece of the company’s Windows Phones. But the return of a familiar Windows feature — the start menu — could end up being an equally important change in Windows 10. Microsoft made the smart menu, which people have used for years to open applications and files in the operating system, much harder to find in Windows 8

Here is the company release highlighting W10 features:

Source: NY Times