Microsoft Windows 10 briefing live stream and blog: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade
Back in September, we first learned that Redmond is skipping Windows 9, and jumping right to 10. Today, the Windows team will take the stage at Microsoft’s headquarters, and give us a proper rundown of what Windows 10 is all about. Will we finally see something worth upgrading for? Is DirectX 12 going to matter? I’m not quite convinced yet, but we should hear some firm details about pricing and release dates at the very least. Check back here at 12pm EST (9am PST) for all of the latest details as they become available.
How to watch the Windows 10 event
Unless you are able to attend the event in person, in Seattle, the best way to watch the Windows 10 news will be a livestream. Microsoft will be streaming the event online so in addition to following our live blog (for the keen insights the stream will be missing!) you can watch it here.
What to expect at the Windows 10 briefing
If Microsoft doesn’t give us concrete details about the pricing model and release window at this event, I’ll be shocked. Whether Windows 10 will be a traditional release, a subscription service, or a free update à la OS X, it’s hard to guess where Microsoft wants to go. There are decent arguments to be made for each model, but I can’t see Microsoft launching a new OS in 2015 for $200 — especially with Chromebooks and Steam Machines breathing down its neck.
As for features, we’ve heard quite a few rumors since Windows 10 was first announced. Perhaps the most contentious of which is the death of Internet Explorer. Sources point to a new browser codenamed “Spartan” as Windows 10’s primary browser, and good ol’ IE taking a backseat for compatibility purposes. Of course, they’ll likely both be using a version of Microsoft’s Trident rendering engine, so it’s hard to tell what difference it’ll make.
We’ve also seen builds of the Windows 10 tech preview sporting Cortana integration, a new app store, and a dedicated Xbox app. These are all sensible additions, but none of them are particularly thrilling. DirectX 12 may very well receive some attention today, but I wouldn’t expect much. After all, Microsoft has a gaming machine it would really like you to purchase instead.
Finally, we’re bound to see substantial coverage of the touchscreen-oriented features of Windows 10. Tablets and smartphones are a major part of Microsoft’s business strategy, so don’t be surprised if desktop features like “we brought back the start button, you babies” take a back seat to tapping and swiping.
What else will we see? Does Microsoft have an ace in the hole? Come back here at 12pm EST (9am PST), and we’ll all find out together.
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