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Microsoft unveils Windows 10

Microsoft unveils Windows 10

Microsoft unveiled the first details of its Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, which they say will span multiple devices from PCs and game consoles to smartphones and tablets. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the company’s operating systems group, says the latest rendition of Windows focused on “more personal computing.”microsoft-building[2]

Myerson says Windows 10 targets three pillars: “mobility of the experience,” trust and “the right interaction at the right time,” hinting the platform can be controlled by mouse, touch or even gaze. The Start menu appears to be a hybrid of the classic Windows PC interface and the tile-based presentation of applications, allowing users to go full screen with the Start menu for more information.

Microsoft will also add Cortana, the personal digital assistant users communicate with through voice, to PCs running Windows 10. Users will be able to ask Cortana to pull up PowerPoint slides, send emails or search for photos and other information. All owners of devices running Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the first year.

Windows 10 is the first significant upgrade to the platform since the arrival of Satya Nadella as CEO last year. During his tenure, Nadella has made a strong push toward mobile and enterprise as well as thrown support toward the company’s popular Xbox video game brand.