A lot of people originally thought that Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 10, wouldn't arrive until at least September. However, according to Ars Technica, the final version of Windows 10 will arrive in July.
"In the conference call AMD hosted last week to discuss its first quarter results, CEO Lisa Su let slip with a piece of information that wasn't immediately caught: she said that Windows 10 would be released in late July...Su said on the call that AMD expected the second half of the year to have a stronger PC market than the first half, due to the launch of Windows 10. In answering a question to clarify this, she said that AMD was factoring in the Windows 10 launch at the end of July."
"Let's cut to the chase. What Windows 10 Build 100161 does so well is bring everything together. It brings Start, Taskbar and Action Center improvements, polishes Continuum and Task View, gives the Virtual Desktops some much needed love and there are new Mail and Calendar apps. It's tight, smart and nicely knits new with old."
In the mean time, Microsoft is putting most of its attention on the Surface 3, a lower-powered version of the Surface Pro 3 that runs Windows 8.1 (but will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as it's released). Brent Rose of Gizmodo was able to spend some time with the Surface 3.
"Overall, my impressions of the Surface 3 were positive. It just feels so much smaller and lighter than the Pro 3 or a typical ultrabook. It still feels big for a tablet, though. Compared to, say, an iPad, Google's Nexus 9, or Sony's Xperia tablets, it's definitely big and heavy. But still you could easily toss it into a backpack and forget it's there," Mr. Rose said.
Those who have put Microsoft down for the past several years are about to get a surprise. Thanks to Windows 10, the upcoming Surface Pro 4, and other projects, Microsoft is back in the game.
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