The impending release of Windows 10 on July 29 has windows users abuzz with excitement. The new platform will be a game-changer for Microsoft: according to Microsofts Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon, Windows 10 will be “the last version of windows.” What this means is that further system upgrades will now be made in small increments like the android operating system, without the need for customers to purchase an entirely new operating system. Windows have already made that shift— all current users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will be offered a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 also offers a host of new features, the two most important of which will be:

1. Multi-device platform: Windows 10 will be the same platform on every device: pc, tablet, and mobile.

2. Android and iOS apps: Windows 10 users will be able to use reworked apps from both the Android and iOS app stores. This will finally give Windows users access to a viable app market.

It remains to be seen to what extent Windows 10 will deliver on its promises. The release date has already been called into question: puts the release date at Aug. 31, a full month behind schedule. Furthermore, for many current windows users, the upgrade will be far from cheap. Users of certain versions of Windows 7 and 8 such as Vista or Enterprise will not have access to the upgrade. The price tag for them? Anywhere between $120-200.

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