In the early morning hours of June 1st, anyone working on their PC or Windows tablet might have spotted a new Windows-shaped notification in their task bar.
At about the same time, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson posted to the Windows Blog, and Joe Belfiore tweeted that Windows 10 would be available July 29th. The Windows team also posted a couple videos to highlight all the features of Windows 10.
If you clicked on the Windows notification, it brought up a brief 5-slide dialog inviting you to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 now. Once it is available, your computer will download the large 3GB file to update the operating system.
The remainder of the slides gloss over all the things that anyone who has ever used a PC in the past 20 years will find familiar. The Start Menu is back, multitasking is further eased allowing easy snapping of up to four windows on-screen at once, and of course there is Cortana.’
Another new arrival to Windows 10 is a new web browser, Microsoft Edge. If you happen to have been playing around at all with Windows 10 preview, you can see that Edge is like the “un-Explorer.” Windows 10 also fully leverages “universal apps,” a feature that Microsoft drove home during the Build developer conference in April.