Microsoft Launches Security-Minded Windows 10

Redmond has officially launched Windows 10 as a free upgrade in 190 countries. Now the waiting begins. Will it resonate better than Windows 8 or be another Vista?

Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to drive adoption, including holding celebrations in 13 countries and rolling out an #UpgradeYourWorld campaign that encourages consumers to share how they plan to use Windows 10 and vote for nonprofits to receive cash awards.

Still, the big question is: is the new operating system worth the hype?

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, is proclaiming to the world that a new era of Windows starts today and promised the operating system EUdelivers on our more personal computing vision, with a natural, mobile and trusted experience.EU

Windows Brings This Back

For starters, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu, something Microsoft took flack for removing in Windows 8. The operating system also showcases Live Tiles for streaming updates and has a slew of new security updates.

Windows Defender and Smart Screen, for example, work to keep viruses, malware and phishing attacks at bay. Meanwhile, Windows Hello is a password-free way to log in securely. Of course, Microsoft has a new auto-update paradigm that has been a buzz in the enterprise IT world. WeEUll talk more about that in a minute.

Some of the innovations Microsoft is really bragging about are the personal digital assistant Cortana, the Microsoft Edge browser (which does away with Internet Explorer), an integrated Xbox app to woo gamers, and Continuum, which promises to optimizes apps for touch and desktop mode.

A Special Word to Enterprises

Microsoft insists Windows 10 is the best platform for business because it helps thwart cyberattacks, has plenty of bells and whistles for end users and, of course, offers the auto-updates feature that lets IT choose how...

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