Mi­crosoft to launch Win­dows 10 in July

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY - By Paresh Dave paresh.dave@la­times.com

The new­est ver­sion of Mi­crosoft Win­dows ar­rives July 29.

Mi­crosoft an­nounced the launch date for Win­dows 10 on Mon­day. Up­grad­ing to the ma­jor new edi­tion of its op­er­at­ing sys­tem will be free for most con­sumers with a Win­dows 8 or Win­dows 7 ma­chine. (Mi­crosoft skipped a ver­sion 9.)

High­lights in­clude the voice-syn­the­sized Cor­tana per­sonal as­sis­tant app, a re­vamped Web browser called Edge and the in­clu­sion of Xbox games.

Mi­crosoft didn’t an­nounce a price for those in­el­i­gi­ble for a free up­grade. Nor did it say when the smart­phone ver­sion would be avail­able.

Win­dows 10 rep­re­sents Mi­crosoft’s first at­tempt to build an op­er­at­ing sys­tem that looks and feels the same re­gard­less of the size of the screen or the type of de­vice be­ing used. Smartphones, Xboxes, tablets, lap­tops, desk­tops and even aug­mented re­al­ity gog­gles will all be ca­pa­ble of run­ning Win­dows 10. Mi­crosoft wants users to be able to start a spread­sheet from a lap­top, then pick up where they left off if they switch to a smart­phone.

But the fea­tures it’s tout­ing most are Cor­tana, Mi­crosoft’s com­peti­tor to Ap­ple’s Siri, and Edge, the new browser. Cor­tana can an­swer ques­tions and take down re­minders. Edge lets peo­ple take notes on Web pages and read on­line in a clean lay­out.

A new Xbox app makes con­sole games playable on lap­tops and desk­tops on the same net­work.

New com­put­ers go­ing on sale July 29 or later will have Win­dows 10 pre-in­stalled.

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