Microsoft launches Windows 10 in India

NEW DELHI: Microsoft has announced that Windows 10, the company's new operating system, will be available starting today as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. The phone version of the OS will arrive at a later time.

Windows 10 includes features such as Cortana, Microsoft's voice-based smart assistant, an Xbox app for gaming and a Microsoft Edge, a new web browser that replaces Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Windows 10 marks the return of the Start menu in an avatar similar to the one we've seen in Windows 7 and earlier releases.

 It retains Windows 8's Live Tiles showing streaming updates on app icons. Windows 10 also comes with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing, in addition to Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in with face recognition. Windows 10 supports voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs and allows users to switch between apps and multitask with Snap and Task View. Windows 10 includes built-in apps like Photos; Maps; Microsoft's new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV (coming to India in the coming months) for entertainment and productivity options.

A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work with Windows 10 devices. The OS also includes Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets which will be available starting today in the Windows Store for tablets with 10-inch or lower size screens. Microsoft claims that the operating system is the most secure version of Windows ever - Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with feature and security updates. Windows 10 includes built-in enterprise grade security, so customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities, and run only the software they trust, says Microsoft. Windows 10 will be available on a broad range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing as per Microsoft. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit will also go live today.

Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said,

"Windows 10 is the best Windows ever. Today, Windows 10 will be available across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. It is more personal and more productive. It's safer and more secure. And it's familiar and always up to date. In India, more than 1500 retail stores across the country will help consumers move up to Windows 10. I am excited that many Indian and multinational partners are ready to offer a variety of Windows 10 devices."

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