Giant technology firm Microsoft has officially unveiled Windows 10 operating system in Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday.
Microsoft Director for Windows Business Division, West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, Rotimi Olumide said users can take advantage of the free upgrade offer, or purchase a new Windows 10 PC.
Olomide said the new operating system targets 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world.
For those already using genuine versions of Windows 7 and 8, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to them for free.
“The Windows 10 upgrade is designed to be compatible with your current Windows device and applications. Windows 10 brings back the Start menu and will be faster with quick startup and resume and will provide the most secure platform ever, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection,” said Olumide.
For mobile app developers, the new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10. This means app developers have opportunity to share apps to windows users around the globe via the store.
Behind the design of Windows 10, is Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) an American worldwide semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California, United States, that develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets.
Windows 10 is designed to run on Windows gadgets including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones.
Other gadgets where Windows 10 can run include Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens.
Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.
A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
Other exciting features on the new Windows 10 is Cortana, a personal digital assistant that learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information, and important reminders on PC and smartphones.
The new OS also comes with Microsoft Edge, a new browser that allows commenting on the web – via typing or inking — sharing comments, and a reading view that makes reading web sites much faster and easier.
With Cortana integrated, Microsoft Edge offers quick results and content based on your interests and preferences. Fast, streamlined and personal, you can focus on just the content that matters to you and actively engage with the web.
Other features include Office on Windows where Windows 10 users will access Windows applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, all available separately, Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App.
There is also the Windows Continuum which enables laptops and 2-in-1 devices to elegantly transform from one a tablet into a PC, and back.
There is also Windows Hello which “greets you by name and with a smile, letting you log in without a password and providing instant, more secure access to your Windows 10 devices and Windows Store.”
Mr Olomide urged users to only use genuine software for heightened security from cyber criminals.
“When you do not use genuine software, it means you do not benefit from constant updates that ensure security of your data… the most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates,”
Keeping up-to-date is also simple, as free updates will help people stay current with the latest features and security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.