Windows 10 Offers New Features As Anniversary Approaches, Promises Global Rollout

With the global rollout of the anniversary edition of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, major changes continue to occur with the operating system. It includes everything from a monthly charge for those who decide to upgrade after the deadline, to a global rollout and the addition of features to Windows 10.

Tech Republic reported that Microsoft is rolling out new features for Windows 10. The anniversary edition will be rolled out on August 2. It will include new features as well as extending and fixing what is already available. Earlier versions of the roll outs for Windows 10 were tested by Windows Insiders users, and much of the details of the roll out have already been revealed.

As previously reported in Inquisitr, Microsoft is developing a tool for Windows 10 that will remove bloatware as well as allow users to install a fresh install of the operating system. Until now, users only had the option of either reverting to the original operating system or upgrading to Windows 10.

One of the major improvements will be to the new Windows 10 browser, Edge. It will include new extensions, as well as allowing other improvements. With the release of the anniversary edition, Edge will have the ability to add extensions so that users can customize their browsers. Extensions will include EverNote, AdBlockPlus, LastPass, and Microsoft Translator, as well as additional mouse support and a Reddit Enhancement Suite. Users will also have the ability to edit Microsoft Office files.

The Start Menu will also have a somewhat new design. How users perceive the improvements depend on whether or not they like having the various elements of the menus moved around and located in different places in the Start Menu.

Yahoo News reported that for those who are struggling to upgrade to Windows 10 that they could receive a Dell laptop. Microsoft is offering to upgrade computers to Windows 10 and do it by the end of the business day. The deal is only available offline through brick and mortar stores nationwide. It also requires that users bring their laptops or desktops to the store by 12:00 p.m. in order to take advantage of the offer.

The deal originally started on June 27. It is available to computer users through July 29. For those who bring in their computers, the system must be able to upgrade to Windows 10. Otherwise Microsoft will only offer $150 to recycle the computer. If the device can be upgraded to Windows 10, then users will get the operating system for free, and they will also receive a $20 credit towards the home edition of Office 365. Devices must be running Windows 8 or newer, leaving Windows 7 users out in the cold. The fine print reads as follows.

“To be eligible for trade-in, you must own the qualifying device, device must power on, battery must hold charge and not be required to be plugged in to operate, and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing, liquid damage, modification(s) or have device warranty seal broken to be considered working.”

PC World reported that there were 10 compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 10. For those who are sitting on the fence, Windows 10 now has many of the bugs worked out, and it offers users a better desktop experience. Windows 10 takes the clunky charms from Windows 8, and makes them into a palatable experience for users. Users will find better file conversion tools, as well as the ability to paste text into the command prompt and the ability to create virtual desktops to perform different tasks.

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