Microsoft noted the presence of a single application store, with purchases and upgrades.
Microsoft announced that it expects to complete Windows 10 in the coming winter, as published in the official company blog. He did not specify a date, but analystâ€™s estimate that will close in September. It will be available in 190 countries.
Windows 10 represents the largest effort by Microsoft to create a single platform for all kinds of devices, whether desktops, tablets, smartphones or small devices those give life to the Internet of Things, supports x86 processor (Intel or AMD) and ARM.
Includes assistant Cortana, support for biometric release and a new approach to the dual reality of traditional desktop and touch screens to which Microsoft is facing, among other innovations.
It will be offered as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 for a year. The company had already announced that it would be free for all devices with screens less than 9 inches, but now marks a key change: will be free even for those with pirated versions of its operating system, he told Terry Myerson, chief Windows in Microsoft, told Reuters. All around the world Reuterâ€™s cable refers to the Chinese market, but Microsoft confirmed to The Verge that it reaches all pirated versions, regardless of country.
According to Microsoft, China will also have support from Lenovo and Xiaomi, which added to Windows 10 in its range of multi-brand smartphones. In the world, Windows Phone has a low market share of 2.8% in the last quarter, according to IDC, which estimates that this year PC shipments will be reduced by 4.9 percent, although they will rebound slightly in 2016; the consultant estimates that this year 293 million PCs will ship worldwide, just fewer than 310 million shipped in 2014.
The company also will stop using the brand for Internet Explorer browser, replaced by a new one that the company made from scratch, now known as Spartan; the novelty is that the company plans to uncheck Internet Explorer, although the browser will be included in some versions of Windows.
All PC capable of running Windows 7 or 8 should be able to use Windows 10; most smartphones with Windows Phone 8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10, depending on some hardware issues.
As reported Win Supersite during the Win HEC conference in China the company confirmed yesterday the minimum hardware requirements for PC (notebooks, desktops, computer 2 in 1, etc.) require 7-inch screens or more with a minimum of 800 x 600 pixels resolution, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage to run the 32-bit and 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of storage for 64 bits; for mobile devices, screens from 3 to 8 inches, with a minimum of 800 x 480 pixels (512 MB RAM) and support for resolutions of 2560 x 2048 pixels or more (with 4 GB of RAM) through 1-3 GB of RAM depending on the screen resolution (qHD, Full HD or higher, like 2560 x 1600 pixels). Also, 4GB of storage at least a micro SD slot mandatory in these cases.
There will be at least three versions of Windows, all sharing the same kernel and other software components: the mobile version of the home (Consumer) and corporate (Pro).