Windows 10

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Windows 10Sometimes abbreviated as Win10 or WinX, Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft Windows and an upgrade to Windows 8.1 and was released on July 29, 2015.

New Windows 10 features

Windows 10 shares a lot of the features first introduced with Windows 8 in addition to the major features mentioned below.

  • Start Menu - Brought back the Windows Start Menu with the tiles introduced with Windows 8 also capable of being shown in the Start Menu.
  • Microsoft Edge - Microsoft has kept Internet Explorer but has also introduced and included the new Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10 users and recommends using it as the default browser.
  • Cortana - The new voice assistant Cortana is now part of Windows and the Windows search bar.

Tip: As of January 2018, the newest version of Windows 10 is the Fall Creators Update, which is a free upgrade available through Windows Update.

Windows 10 system requirements

1 GHz processor or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64).
1 GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit.
16 GB of hard drive space for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit.
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher.

What Windows came before Windows 10?

For the end user, Windows 8 came before Windows 10.

Note: Microsoft skipped from Windows 8 (Windows 8.1) to Windows 10, and there was never a version of Microsoft Windows called "Windows 9."

What version of Windows will come after Windows 10?

Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 will be the last "version" of Windows. In a 2015 blog post, Terry Myerson of Microsoft explained that Windows is transitioning to a service model. Rather than moving towards "Windows 11," the company will focus on updating Windows 10 on the second Tuesday of every month, with major updates released in April and October of each year. For instance, in 2017, Microsoft released the Creators Update in April, and the Fall Creators Update in October.

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