At WinHEC, Microsoft gave some new information on Windows 10, including the fact that Microsoft's latest and greatest operating system will be launching this summer to 190 countries, which is earlier than the previously expected fall release.
When Windows 10 arrives, many users will be able to upgrade to the new platform free of charge; anyone using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be eligible for the free upgrade. To prepare for the launch, Microsoft has been working to enable the upgrade from within the Windows Updates main menu.
Some customers in China will have an easier time upgrading to Windows 10 than the rest of the world. Lenovo plans to use 2,500 service centers inside retail stores in China to upgrade products to the latest version of Windows.
Those who don't own a Lenovo system in China will be able to upgrade through Tencent's QQ instant messenger program. In addition to facilitating the upgrade through its servers, Tencent also plans to include Tencent Video and Tencent PC Manager applications with the upgrade.
One of China's leading smartphone distributors, Xiaomi, will work with users to test Windows 10 on its Xiaomi Mi 4 before pushing the update out to everyone later this year. Qihu 360, another popular software app in China, will also help users update to Windows 10.
Windows 10 brings a number of new advancements to the computerized world. The user interface has been changed to be more like Windows 7, and a number of other features to improve the experience of using the Windows platform have been made.
Microsoft is trying to help spread Windows 10 to new platforms, as well. In addition to the x86-based hardware used by Windows, Microsoft has worked with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Qualcomm, and others to bring Windows 10 to ARM-based devices.
Windows 10 support has been added for Qualcomm's DragonBoard 410C. As a project board using ARM-based processors, this will give users of the product the ability to develop software for both Windows 10 and Android.
Unfortunately, no exact date was given for Windows 10, but we should hear more details soon as we head into summer.