Microsoft today announced a new “next generation” of Windows machines.
“We’re delivering the Windows 10 experience to people who are ready to take their own journey,” Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore said.
Windows 10 for the desktop will arrive in the second half of next year, with the new “Windows 10 Pro” version arriving in the fourth quarter. For home users, Windows 7 Home Premium will be the default operating system.
Microsoft’s other new operating systems include Windows 8.1 for tablets and Windows 8 for PCs, with Windows 10 coming to both of those platforms in 2020.
Windows 10 will be available in the home, pro and education markets, with the first editions coming in April.
The Windows 8 version of the OS will be available to millions through Microsoft’s universal app distribution model, as well as to consumers through the Windows Store.
On Windows 8, users can choose between Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Home, and Windows Server 2012.
Windows 8 users will get a new Metro design in 2018 with a redesigned interface and apps, as well as Windows Store apps.
But for those of us on Windows 7, Microsoft said it would make the new Metro UI available to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices. If you’re running Windows 8 or Windows 7 Home Basic, you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10.Windows 7 and 8 users can also upgrade to Windows 8 Professional and Windows Server 2012, but you’ll need to do that through a Microsoft app, and Microsoft also told us that this change is not coming until late 2018.
As Windows Insider readers know, upgrading to Windows Server 2016 and Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 will take you a few years, and then you’ll have to upgrade again.
And Microsoft doesn’t want us to miss that.
This change comes in a time when Microsoft is focused on improving Windows with new features and features that are designed to support Windows as a universal platform.
It also comes in a time when Windows 7 and 8 and all Windows devices are on the enterprise market.
So, if you’re running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, you’re going to need to do a lot of upgrades.
With the upcoming Windows Update, users will also be able to change the default security settings on Windows machines, so Windows users will have more control over their own Windows PCs. In short, the future of Windows is now.
Windows was always designed to be the operating system of choice for every user, so it’s a great time to upgrade.
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