5 big takeways from Microsoft's Windows 10 announcement

Here are the only things you really need to knowl

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A lot of words have been published about Microsoft's Windows 10 announcement. But you only really need to know these 5 big things about it.

You'll want Windows 10

Microsoft showed off plenty of nifty new features for Windows 10 yesterday, including a more customizable Start menu, a new browser, very nice looking new built-in apps, Cortana built into desktop apps, a Continuum feature that recognizes the device you're on and adjusts Windows accordingly, and more. The upshot is this: If you're a Windows user, you'll want this operating system. It appears that it will fix what's wrong with Windows 8, and do plenty more as well.

You'll get Windows 10

What's your favorite word in the English language? It may well be "free." And that's what Windows 10 will be for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Within a year of the Windows 10 release, everyone with either of those two operating systems gets a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Innovation thrives at Microsoft

Think Microsoft is old and in the way? Think again. Yesterday Microsoft announced its Windows Holographic platform, a mind-boggling new technology that augments reality with 3D holograms when you wear a special headset. It also lets you build holograms, and then even print them out with 3D printers. Will it be commercial viable? I don't know. But it's one of the most amazing new pieces of technologies I've seen in years and makes Google Glass look like something out of the Stone Age of computing.

Microsoft is serious about mobile

With only a 3% market share for Windows Phone you might think that Microsoft would finally wave the towel and give up on mobile. Far from it. Much of Microsoft's presentation yesterday was about mobile, including new Office apps for mobile, a new version of Windows Phone, and more. There's also very tight integration between Windows traditional computers, tablets, and Windows Phone.

From now on, it's Windows as a Service

Microsoft said that it now considers Windows a service rather than a piece of hardware. That's not just semantics. It means that upgrades will be delivered continually, rather than in "big-bang" releases. In fact, Windows 10 might be the last big-bang release of Windows, with all upgrades then on happening automatically. Check here for more details.

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