Windows 10 Launched Today

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Today is the day many have been waiting for with excitement (and fear). This new version of Microsoft Windows is released today as a free upgrade for “genuine” users of Windows 7 and 8. It was provisionally reported in error that the this long awaited update would be free for both genuine and pirated copies of Windows. Today the company made it official via an email to Windows Insider members:

  • For PCs running Genuine Windows 7/8 – these machines qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update. (You can also do a media-based upgrade though the Microsoft Software Download site.)

  • For PCs not running Genuine Windows 7/8/10 – you can purchase Windows 10 at your local retailer or at online retailers like Microsoft Store.com.

I am disappointed in the restriction, but understand it was a business choice. It has been reported that some pirates are successfully upgrading to Windows 10. Upgrading my HP Envy running a legal copy of Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was a beautifully simple process. Your results may vary.

A few of the features Microsoft is promoting about Windows 10 include:

I expect this to be the best Windows yet. How about you? Have you already updated? What do you think?

Xbox One

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Microsoft announced its new Xbox One next generation gaming and entertainment system on Tuesday. It includes updated voice and gesture options, a new OS, Bluray disc drive, a 300,000 server network for worldwide Xbox Live service support and much more.

Voice recognition is built into system to help customize a gamers experience. Snap Mode was also introduced. It is a way to use two programs on the Xbox at once. You can now, for example, make a Skype call while watching a movie or follow your fantasy league live while watching ESPN. EA Sports has new games in development exclusively for the system based off of a new gaming engine called EA Sports Ignite:

A new Call of Duty called Call of Duty: Ghosts has been introduced and behind the scenes video was intense:

The entire presentation can be watched on demand at:
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hub/reveal

You can read more detailed reviews and hands on articles via the links below:

Microsoft Announces the Xbox One by Mashable
Microsoft Unveils Xbox One by CNet
Microsoft Xbox One by gdgt
Xbox One: A Next-Gen Console by The Verge