Windows 10 Release Date, Previews, Specifications and Pricing

Microsoft has been gradually revealing secrets of it’s next generation operating system Windows 10. Here’s some point which are confirmed after the special event held by Microsoft on 21 Jan, 2015 :

  • Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users during the first year.
  • If you do not upgrade in the first year, you will be charged.
  • Once you have upgraded within the first year, you will get free support for the lifetime of the product.
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview will soon be available to Technical Experts who signup for its “Insider Program”.
  • Windows 10 Consumer Preview is expected to lunch in the coming months.
  • Windows 10 full version will launch in late-2015, confirm date isn’t announced yet.
  • A new build of Windows 10 will arrive next week, with the first build for Windows Phone is coming in February.
  • Microsoft also debuted the 84in Microsoft Surface Hub and Windows Holographic. The latter will allow users to create 3D models via a custom-built HoloLens.
  • Microsoft confirmed Cortana and the Spartan web browser will be introduced across all Windows devices.

Windows 10 Release Date :


Windows 10 will release by late this year, but no fixed date is given by Microsoft. We expect in October most likely as seeing previous Windows release dates :


Previous Windows Versions Released to manufacturing General Release
Windows 8.1 27 August 2013 17 October 2013
Windows 8 1 August 2012 26 October 2012
Window 7 22 July 2009 22 October 2009
Windows Vista 8 November 2006 20 January 2007
Windows XP 24 August 2001 25 October 2001



However before the official release a Consumer Preview will be available for you in coming couple of months and A new build of Windows 10 will arrive next week, with the first build for Windows Phone is coming in February, you can check here.

Windows 10 Specifications/Features :

 Some Windows 10 Features which are leaked or revealed officially are :

  • The familiar Start menu is back, but it brings with it a new customisable space for your favourite apps and Live Tiles.
  • One of the most newly leaked features is Microsoft’s mysterious ‘Spartan‘ browser, which seems to replace Internet Explorer. It will support extensions like Chrome and Firefox.
  • It has multiple desktops.You can create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.
  • There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.
  • File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you have worked on is easier.
  • Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximise, minimise, and close with a click.
  • You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.

Windows 10 Pricing :

  • The rumours that Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows 7/8.1 users has been confirmed officially by Microsoft. So good news for everyone running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade upon launch.
  • Windows Phone 8.1 users will also be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free for a year after launch, and yes, that is the full version of Windows 10.
  • Once you have upgraded within the first year, you will get free support for the lifetime of the product, it means this isn’t a trap where you will have to pay after the first year.
  • If you do not upgrade within the first year, you will be charged. It’s not clear, but Microsoft is expected to charge a one-off license fee and not move to a  subscription model.

You May Also Like To Know About : ‘SPARTAN’ – Microsoft’s Brand New Web Browser

Watch the Windows 10 Preview here :

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