On 29th July 2015 Microsoft launched Windows 10, a new operating system to replace the Windows 8.
Windows has so far been offering free upgrades to users of Windows 7 & Windows 8, the free upgrades will be terminated on 29th July, exactly a year Microsoft released the Windows 10.
From tomorrow, 29thy July, the upgrades will require a fee of $119. In addition to paying the fee, users who fail to upgrade before the deadline also will not get the updated anniversary version which is set to be launched on August 2.
The upgrade is said to include better security features, more features for the Cortana voice assistance, Windows Hello, as well as a new functionality, the Windows Ink that allows for the efficient use 0f a stylus.
The free upgrade officially ends 11:59pm UTC-10 (GMT-10) .
The free upgrade is, however, not available for devices running on Windows XP, Windows VISTA or enterprise editions of the Windows operating system. Also, the Edge browser will allow for Biometric logins, like being able to log in with the use of your fingerprint or other biometric data.
The Windows 10 comes with a number of pros and cons. The major con includes the inability to disable the voice assistance, Cortana. This doesn’t seem like such a big deal at first glance, but Cortana requires access to a lot of personal data such as your mail, contact, location, calendar and so on, in order to give a personalized response to your queries.
“With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana,” Microsoft said in a statement.
“Customers can expect the same great search experience powered by Bing and Microsoft Edge with the added benefit of Cortana’s personality.”
However, the Windows 10 would be a relief for those who disliked the Windows 8. It combines its classic desktop view with a modern look to make it mouse and keyboard friendly. It also features the live tiles from Windows 8 but it isn’t as intrusive as in the previous version.