The biggest litmus test for Microsoft is about to begin. The company has just announced on its blog that Windows 10 is ready to arrive on PCs and tablets on July 29 in 190 countries.
Microsoft is going all out offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to PCs running on Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows 10 brings Cortana integration, the new Edge browser, a new Windows Store, Office 2016 suite, and redesigned Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail and Calendar apps among other upgrades.
It also brings a new feature called Continuum Mode which is designed to help people who are using 2-in-1 computers. The service enables a user to quickly switch between desktop and tablet modes. For instance, as a user plugs out the keyboard/mouse from a hybrid computer, the device automatically detects the transition and shows off an option for on-screen keyboard, making the device quickly start working like a tablet.
With Windows 10, Microsoft is also looking to amp up the gaming scene on PCs and tablets. The new Xbox gaming console maker brings integration with Windows 10-powered laptops and PCs to play any Xbox title. There is a catch though, the operating system doesn’t support the Xbox One titles natively but mirrors the games on the device. It is still a pretty handy feature. Players will also be able to capture, edit, and share their gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices. For developers, Microsoft says that DirectX 12 in Windows 10 will provide better efficiency and graphics capability, and offer speedy performance.
Microsoft is expecting over a billion devices running on Windows 10 in the next two to three years, with the Windows 10 support for smartphones coming later this year.