Microsoft Corporation has confirmed the release date for Windows 10, which has aligned with the rumored date of July 29. As well as this, it has been announced that the operating system will be available to certain users for a free upgrade, one which gives them full access to the OS with no restrictions whatsoever.
Those aforementioned users who can upgrade are those who are currently using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and will be available on PC’s and tablets. It is also available to those who are on recently released Windows 10 devices. Microsoft delivered a statement earlier today (Monday, June 1) confirming both the release date and the free upgrade. Officials went on to add that, earlier this year, Windows 10 will be available for other devices as well.
Microsoft Corporation has high hopes for this new operating system; back in April, they released a statement detailing their opinion that approximately a billion people will be using it within the first two to three years of its release. The company is very optimistic that the growing ability to use the Microsoft OS on smaller devices is and will continue to be boosting its rapidly declining popularity and usage overall. This, however, may turn out to be nothing more than a pipe dream; IDC, one of the top market research firms, has predicted that the company’s reputation and credibility will continue to fall hard and end up 6.2 percent loss in PC sales over the current 2015 year. IDC blames the public’s general lack of wanting to purchase desktop computers for the aforementioned prediction of even more Microsoft Corporation sales loss, going on to attribute this to the ever-growing selection of hand-held and smaller computing devices.
PCs are expensive, bulky, and non-transportable; therefore, most people (especially the younger generation) have all but lost complete interest in the computing devices overall. Essentially, the only time that a PC is necessary in this day and age is for work or business purposes. For social needs, any simple smartphone or tablet will do. Indeed, even laptops are going out of style due to the inconvenience of traveling with them (there are the notebook type variety of laptops, yes, but generally those cannot handle much CPU due to the lack of strong operating power.)
At the end of May 2015, it was announced that Microsoft Corporation had made the decision to push back the release date of Windows 10 by one month. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 were advised as to the method in which they would download the free upgrade; for those using the aforementioned operating system, there is an icon in the bottom right-hand corner of their screen (in the section that displays the current time and date) that resembles a start-up button and reads “Get Windows 10” when hovered over with the user’s cursor.
Microsoft Corporation refuses to be pessimistic regarding the future of their company; they are adamant that the release of Windows 10 on July 29, along with the free upgrade for those on selected Windows 10 devices as well as users of Windows 7 and 8.1, will give them the much-needed boost required to save their fledgling company. Although IDC thinks otherwise, all that can be done is to wait and see whether or not either prediction regarding Microsoft Corporation actually comes true.
By Chanel van der Woodsen
Financial Post – Microsoft Corp’s Windows 10 release date set for July 29, to be free upgrade for existing Windows users
Windows Blog – Hello World: Windows 10 Available on July 29
TechCrunch – Microsoft Wraps Its Windows 10 Pitch, Here’s What You Need To Know
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