Windows 10 update set for October release

To get Windows 10 adopted quickly, Microsoft plans to give it away as a free upgrade for a year after its release
To get Windows 10 adopted quickly, Microsoft plans to give it away as a free upgrade for a year after its release

Microsoft on Friday announced that a major update to its Windows operating system will be released globally on October 17.

Release of Windows 10 "Fall Creators Update" will come the same day that Windows Mixed Reality headsets powered by the software hits the market, Microsoft executive vice president of operating systems Terry Myerson said in a blog post.

Unlike virtual reality gear already available, Windows headsets made by partners such as Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo will not require cameras to track user movements, according to Myerson.

Windows headsets will be priced as low as $299, and will need to be plugged into computers powered by the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft said.

The US technology titan showed off the Windows 10 update at the company's annual developers' conference early this year to encourage creation of offerings tuned to the software.

At the time, Myerson said the update will offer, among other upgrades, "enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality."

The original version of Windows 10 debuted a little more than two years ago.

The latest version of Windows 10 is being built into a wide array of devices that will be on the market in time for the year-end holiday shopping season, according to Microsoft.

The company promised an audience of more than a billion people for those who develop services or applications for Windows 10.

Microsoft has highlighted how Windows 10 will let software savants serve up creations on the full spectrum of smart devices, including the HoloLens augmented reality headgear.

"By combining our physical and digital worlds, we believe is the next step in the evolution of human computing," Myerson said in the blog post.

Microsoft was left behind in the smartphone market, which is dominated by Apple and Android-powered handsets.

Designing Windows to make Microsoft cloud services available from competitors' devices and moving quickly in the nascent mixed- market were seen as shrewd moves by the company.

Windows 10 is designed to power all kinds of devices, from wearable computers to smartphones to desktop machines, and an application needs to be written just once to perform on all of them, according to Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella.

Nadella said at the conference that "the mobility of the experience is what matters, not the mobility of the ."

To get Windows 10 adopted quickly, Microsoft plans to give it away as a free upgrade for a year after its release.

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Sep 03, 2017
Here we go again, Microsoft will be badgering windows' suckers to 'up(down)grade again. Probably more requirements to 'use the "cloud"' data theft systems. Probably written to walk around anti-sabotage systems meant to keep this W10 P.O.S. out of systems. Girlfriend's computer was threatened by the original W10 silently subverting her computer unknown to her and without her permission. Her computer was about to be assassinated as soon as she rebooted when I went in and downloaded rescueware GWX and ran it. GWX found over sixty six THOUSAND files, 66,000, and deleted them all. The same GWX also found malware additions to her registry files put there by windows sneak and thiefware and got rid of them too. To this day that program watches over her computer by night and by day for when that murderous malware micro$$ rears its ugly rear again. W10 is especially deadly for laptops, inasmuch as it cannot be gotten rid of once installed. ALWAYS leaves logic bombs behind.

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