Microsoft Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 may have a free upgrade on it for a year. The technology giant had previously promised to release the next version of its computer operating system sometime this summer.
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s latest OS will be available to pre-order in the coming weeks when it launches in 190 different markets around the world. That date represents aggressive timing for a company that has, at times, had difficult launches for major products. The Redmond, Washington-based company has been releasing increasingly polished preview builds of the software over the past few months.
To publicize that, the company is making a small notification appear in users’ task bars. Clicking on the notification, pops up a slide show extolling the benefits of Windows 10. Some of the new features include: the return of the Start menu, an all-new Internet browser, and Cortana, a digital personal assistant making to Google Now or Apple’s Siri.
You can try it out for yourself through Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program(nearly four million have, as of May 2015). You’ll need a Microsoft account to get it, and it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not the finished product, so it will be a bit rough around the edges.