Microsoft announced today that Windows 10, the next major release of Windows, will be available on June 29th.
Windows 10 succeeds Windows 8.1 (released in 2013), which was released to fix many of the problems that users were experiencing in Windows 8 (released in 2012). Upon release, Windows 10 will be available in seven main versions:
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Enterprise
- Windows 10 Education
- Windows 10 Mobile
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
- Windows 10 IoT Core
Windows 10 was first released as a public beta in October 2014, and initial response to the operating system has been generally positive, with reviewers noticing the improvements made over Windows 8 and 8.1, with the most notable change being the return of the “classic” start menu (seen above), instead of a full-screen live tile view that many users without a touchscreen found difficult to navigate.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users who upgrade within a year of Windows 10’s release. Final pricing has yet to be announced, but many expect the pricing will be similar to Windows 8.1.