We’ve entered the homestretch. We’re just over 20 days from the official release of the next version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 10. Windows 10 will be released to the eagerly waiting public on July 29th with Windows Insiders who have been helping Microsoft iron out bugs by reporting them during the preview period being first in line. Others will get the update from their Windows 7 and 8.1 systems over the days that follow. Microsoft already has an elaborate scheme to make sure things go smoothly on that day. For instance, using the Get Windows 10 feature, users of Windows 7 and 8.1 machines can reserve a spot so that they can be notified when it is time to upgrade.
While Microsoft has already told us what versions of Windows to expect, it has gone an extra step to make it easy for everyone to understand what they will be getting on their standard Home, Pro or Business license once they make the jump to Windows 10. For instance handy features like the ability to join domains and access other machines using Remote Desktop will not be available to those on a Home license while Pro, Enterprise and Education users will be having access to such features. Device encryption and BitLocker, like in the past, will be a no-no to Home licensees while Pro users going up will be able to enjoy the features.
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Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) and Windows 8.1 users with valid licenses while those upgrading from other versions of Windows like Vista and XP or simply getting a new license will have to part with $119 for a Home license and $199 for a Pro license. You can check further details on pricing here.