Windows 10 Begins Rolling Out July 29, Reservations Start Now

You can reserve a copy of Microsoft's latest Windows operating system -- Windows 10 -- now, but it won't be released until July 29. Microsoft announced the news today via a blog post and a voice update from its personal digital assistant, Cortana.

Available first to users with Microsoft PCs and tablets, the upgrade will be free for the coming year. Microsoft has already said this will be its last version of Windows, as subsequent updates and improvements will be rolled out on an ongoing -- rather than version-based -- basis.

Windows 10 has been touted by Microsoft as a groundbreaker, particularly because it is a universal OS that will use the same code and deliver the same look and feel across devices, whether they're PCs and laptops or Windows phones and tablets. The new operating system will also support a range of new features and functions, including Edge, Microsoft's successor to the Internet Explorer Web browser.

'More Personal Computing'

Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, said in today's post on the Window blog that the new operating system is the result of considerable feedback and testing involving more than four million Windows Insiders.

"We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world," Myerson said. "With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing."

In addition to being able to run on a wide range of devices, Windows 10 will enable more natural interactions with the help of new user features for speech, touch, ink and holograms, Myerson noted. Microsoft's virtual assistant, Cortana, for example, will now be available on both PCs and smartphones, as well as via the Edge browser.

Edge, meanwhile, will allow users to type or...

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