Tuesday at midnight ET is a very important time for Microsoft Windows customers, that’s because the company has finally prepared for the release of Windows 10. Microsoft has not issued a major OS upgrade in 3 years, instead focusing on a quick fix from the critically hated Windows 8 to the slightly less annoying Windows 8.1.
For the last 9 month’s Microsoft has been showing off Windows 10’s capabilities, offering short videos and quick screen captures for the highly sought after release.
According to Business Fanatic, “The OS update won’t be sent out all at once. Microsoft will push the update out in waves. First, Windows Insiders will receive the update, followed by all Windows 10 preorders. ” By releasing the Windows OS update in waves, Microsoft can ensure that quality remains at the forefront of the major upgrade. Unfortunately, it also means that many Microsoft users could wait days to receive the free upgrade.
Windows 10 is 100% free to download and install for the first year of release, at which time Microsoft will charge $119 for an upgrade.
Along with a free upgrade, Microsoft has announced Cortana, a Siri and Google Now styled application that provides Windows 10 users with a personal assistant of sorts.
Also feature is a customizable Start Menu which replaces the lost Start Menu in Windows 8 and the slightly improved Start Button in Windows 8.1.
Perhaps the best part of Windows 10 is the fact that it works across mobile devices, tablets, and desktops, allowing for a more cohesive OS. Depending on the device in use, Microsoft Windows 10 will feature a slightly different look and customized controls.