The new Edge browser allows users to annotate web pages
“Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love.”
He also highlighted new additions, including:
the integration of the company’s voice-controlled virtual assistant, Cortana – which was previously restricted to Microsoft’s phones
a new web browser called Edge
a new app that allows video games to be streamed to a PC or tablet from an Xbox
Many company watchers had not expected the launch of the product to happen until later in the year.
One analyst said the release was important as it might be “Microsoft’s last chance” to crack the tablet market before Android and iOS became too entrenched, but added that it was unlikely to drive demand for new equipment in the same way earlier Windows updates had done.
“Microsoft and Intel are certainly pushing the two-in-one device strategy [in which laptops transform into tablets], which could result in some sales,” said Michael Silver from the tech consultancy Gartner.
“But it’s not only the fact that the upgrade is free, but Windows 10 for PCs is designed to run on computers that ran Windows 7 and even do better on less powerful hardware, so it will not spur on sales to the same extent as we’ve seen in the past.”
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