Ten things you need to know about Windows 10

1. Launch date is rapidly approaching
Windows 10 will be available on July 29, 2015. If you have a “Windows logo” in the lower right corner you can click on it to get the upgrade as soon as it comes out.

2. Free Upgrades for Windows 7 and 8 for 1 year – This is the full version of Windows 10 for free, not a trial version for qualified Windows 7 and 8 computers and devices. If your system is up to date, it is as easy as applying a windows update to move to Windows 10.

3. Return of the START Button – The Windows 8 tiles puzzled many users and created extra steps so the return of the Start button similar to Windows 7 will be welcome for most people.

4. Windows 10 will combine the best of Windows 7 and 8 – it starts up and resumes fast, has more security. Overall it is similar to Windows 7 plus some of the nice features from Windows 8. The monthly patch Tuesday is gone- updates and new features will come out more frequently

5. Millions of people are already using it – the global community of testers numbers in the millions so it will be reasonably stable early on

6. Multiple Desktops – Windows 10 has a new way to separate all of your running programs by putting them into multiple virtual desktop views. One virtual desktop can have all of your emails, one for your web browsing and another for office applications, etc.

7. New Web Browser Replaces Internet Explorer
The new browser is called Microsoft Edge and it has faster page load times, support for 3rd party extensions, dropped legacy support and a new rendering engine.

8. Same Windows 10 for PCs, tablets and smart phones
All of these devices will be able to run the same set of universal applications (not all applications will have this feature).

9. Facial, Biometric and Voice Recognition
Microsoft “Hello” will be introduced which can recognize your face, iris or fingerprint as an authentication factor, to reduce or remove the reliance on passwords. Cortana is the new virtual assistant that you can speak to and perform searches and various other things.

10. Questions Still Remain
Microsoft has said that this is the last numbered/major version of windows, referring to a “windows as a service” model for the future. It is unclear what this will look like along with some other questions but overall Windows 10 will have a lot of new and excellent features.