Windows 10 is slated to come out later this year, with the goal of not just superseding the oft maligned windows 8 (and windows 8.1), but actually replacing it. Microsoft will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to users with devices. This is good for consumers who love their device and want to try the new Windows 10 without having to buy a new one.

One of the new features of the new Windows OS are a new redesigned browser that replaces Internet Explorer, called Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is a minimalist internet browser that touts faster browsing speed, increased readability, and the ability to write and draw on a touch screen without the need of a stylus. This is great for tablet and windows users who do not want to get an expensive stylus to go with the handheld. Cortana is also being embedded in many features of windows, similar to what she was able to do in Windows phones. You can ask her questions and she will answer, whether they are things that can be found on the internet or windows options, like how do I project a screen (answer: Windows key + P). It is still not known whether she is an upgraded version of the Windows Phone Cortana or if it’s just her but ported to Windows 10.

One of the more exciting features that Windows 10 promises is the integration of the HoloLens with the Windows 10 and its apps. HoloLens is an augmented reality head set that merges everyday surroundings with holograms which the user can interact with. Those Holograms can be in the form of windows apps, which the user can control using their hands (a la Kinect), voice, and even gaze.

The new Windows Store is revamped, allowing apps to work in all Windows platforms. This makes it easier for Developers to have their apps be accessible to all one billion windows devices. Before, a windows phone app would only work on (certain) windows phones, but now it can work on Tablets, Desktops, Laptops, Surface, and even Xbox One and HoloLens. Not only can windows apps run on all windows platforms, but iOS and Android apps can be run on windows, as long as the app is ported by the developer. Microsoft is working on making it easier for developers to do that, which would be a win-win if it works: Windows App store grows and becomes competitive, and developers have their apps available to an extra billion devices with minimal effort.

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