Software giant Microsoft announced on Monday that its new Windows 10 operating system (OS) will be ready for sale on July 29 worldwide.
Users with Windows versions 7 and 8.1 will have the opportunity to upgrade to the new OS without charge, according to a new strategy dubbed as “Microsoft as a service.”
“Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers,” the company said in a statement earlier last month.
Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows, but there will be regular installments and updates.
Along with the return of the “Start Menu,” the new version of Windows will include a new browser called “Edge,” especially designed for winning the hearts of mobile users.
Microsoft also says Windows 10 for mobile devices such as smartphones will be available later this year.
Although the world’s largest software company hasn’t yet released the official prices of the new operating system, it’s speculated that the Home Edition will be $109 and Professional version be $149 for hardware makers, citing an online reseller’s accidental listing first reported by ZDNet.