Users who do not qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 (including users of Windows Vista and XP), people who’re assembling a new PC and Mac users can buy the full version of the OS at Rs 7,999 for the Home version and Rs 14,999 for the Pro version.
The Windows 10 operating system can be purchased from Microsoft’s official online store – Microsoftstore.com.
Microsoft is offering free upgrade to Windows 10 for users of Windows 7 and Windows 10 users provided they update their systems within one year of the OS’ availability.
People who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in phases when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within work environments, and starting August 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.
Windows 10 software will become broadly available in retail stores between mid-August and September around the world. Devices running Windows 10 will be available in some retail stores around the world between mid-August and September.
Windows 10 includes features such as Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-based smart assistant, an Xbox app for gaming and a Microsoft Edge, a new web browser that replaces Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Windows 10 marks the return of the Start menu in an avatar similar to the one we’ve seen in Windows 7 and earlier releases. It retains Windows 8’s Live Tiles showing streaming updates on app icons.
Windows 10 also comes with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing, in addition to Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in with face recognition.
Windows 10 supports voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs and allows users to switch between apps and multitask with Snap and Task View. Windows 10 includes built-in apps like Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV (coming to India in the coming months) for entertainment and productivity options.
The OS also includes Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets which will be available starting today in the Windows Store for tablets with 10-inch or lower size screens.
Microsoft claims that the operating system is the most secure version of Windows ever – Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with feature and security updates.