Windows 10 Arrives for Free July 29th, 2015

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Coming Sooner Than We Thought

It’s a rare thing for a software company, much less Microsoft, to do anything ahead of schedule. Early on, Windows 10 many expected it to launch in the fall. Later, we heard rumors that it’d land in late summer. The truth? Well, miracle of miracles, it’s actually earlier still: July 29th, 2015, Windows 10 will bow before the world. It’ll land simultaneously on desktops, laptops and tablets by numerous makers. And, if you’ve bought a new PC any time since late 2009, meaning your system has either Windows 7 or Windows 8x (and meets a few minimum hardware requirements, which it almost certainly does), that upgrade will be free. Gratis. Zero. Zilch. Nada damn cent.

In a reasonably succinct blog post, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson outlines the top bullet points of the new operating system and what it can offer. If you’ve been following or using the preview versions so far, you know that the OS has evolved dramatically over the last 7 months. At first, it seemed like a huge step back to Windows 7 (too far back, IMHO), but in recent weeks it’s regained a great deal of Windows 8.1’s new functionality and merged the two worlds into a fairly cohesive whole.

Head on over to Microsoft’s post (linked above) to read all about what the new OS has to offer. If you haven’t given it a try yet, well, I’d recommend you just wait for the final version. Betas are, after all, works in progress, and Windows 10 to date is no exception.

If you should get the alert in your system tray (and sooner or later, you will), go ahead and “reserve” your copy so you can set up preloading and not have to wait around on July 29th!

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