Windows 10, the eagerly anticipated new version of Microsoft’s operating system will be available from July 29, the company announced on Monday.
Users from 190 countries who are already running Windows 7 and 8.1 can upgrade to the newest version free of charge.
If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 you can reserve your upgrade by clicking on the Windows icon in the system tray, typically located in the bottom right corner of the screen, shown below.
Monday’s announcement ends several months of speculation as to when the new version will be available.
The release of Windows 10 represents a significant change in approach by Microsoft.
Most notably, the company has stated that this upcoming version will be last major release of the popular operating system, with future updates of the system being available to download as and when they are ready.
Windows 10 will also work across a variety of platforms such as desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. It will also be available on the HoloLens holographic headset and the Xbox gaming console.
Perhaps the best news for users in that Windows 10 will see a return of the Start Menu, which was not originally included in the release of the now much maligned Windows 8.
Related: Introducing Windows 10
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