Countdown to Windows 10: Coming July 29

Microsoft is touting the latest update to its operating system, due for release starting July 29, with the line, "It's the Windows you know, only better." Underscoring the distance that Microsoft wants to put between the new OS and the previous version is the fact that it's named Windows 10 -- there will be no "9" to succeed the less-than-beloved Windows 8.

Windows 10 will also be the "last" version of the operating system, according to Redmond. Rather than releasing future upgrades as discrete, numbered generations, the company plans to roll out continuous updates as part of its "as-a-service" model for Windows.

Some of Windows 10 features Microsoft is promoting most heavily in advance of the release date include the return of the Start Menu left out in Windows 8; the debut of a new browser -- Microsoft Edge -- to replace Internet Explorer; and advanced integration of Cortana, Microsoft's voice-controlled digital personal assistant. Windows 10 will also be the first universal version of the OS, meaning that the same code will be used across all Windows devices, from desktop computers and tablets to Windows phones.

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According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has been heavily reviewed and tweaked ahead of its release date based on the input of five million Windows Insiders who have been taking multiple pre-release builds for test drives. That's a far cry from the approach Redmond used before launching Windows 8.

"Windows 8 was built in near-secrecy, with few disclosures and no broad public testing program," Al Gillen, program vice president for servers and system software at IDC, told us. "Windows 10 is being developed in about as different of a process as it could be."

Gillen said he has been using Windows 10 for a while, and sees it as a notable improvement over...

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