Microsoft has just announced the first pricing information for Windows 10 at its preview event today.
The biggest news is that the new OS will be completely free for current Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users for its first year of availability—after that time period has expired, OS upgrades will presumably need to be paid for as they are currently (though Microsoft was less than clear on this point, it made no mention of a paid, Office 365-style subscription for Windows upgrades). The Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 users will also be free.
The Task View
Now the Windows 8 task switcher has been unceremoniously dumped, there’s a new Task View in Windows 10, too, so users can switch between virtualdesktops.That’sause Microsoft now recognises that novice users use the taskbar rather than switching in other, cleverer, ways such as Alt+Tab (which also now switches between desktops).
The Start menu is back!
the most noticeable change is the new Start Menu, which looks somewhat like the old start menu. It brings some features from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen, such as live tiles, and can be resized.
Download the Windows Technical Preview
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