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Say hello to Windows 10!

Say hello to Windows 10!
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After nine months of public beta-testing, it’s finally here.

Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system, went live yesterday in 190 countries around the world, including the Philippines. Microsoft Philippines held a local launch to celebrate the big day and demonstrate some of the key features of the new OS.



Here are 10 things you need to know about Windows 10:

  1. It may not be available to you right away. Just because the OS is available now doesn’t mean you can upgrade stat. According to Microsoft, Windows 10 will become available “in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th.”
  1. You should have a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 device to be able to avail of the free upgrade. Or you can buy a brand new machine with Windows 10 pre-installed.
  1. Whether you use a touch-based device or not, Windows 10 can handle it. Windows 10’s Continuum feature optimizes and adjusts to the device you’re using.
  1. The Start menu is back—and better. Aside from the usual things it does, the Start menu now also runs Windows apps and Cortana.
  1. Speaking of, you get an intelligent personal digital assistant in Cortana.
  1. With Hello, you can log in to your device without having to input a password, provided you have the necessary hardware. Windows Hello lets you sign in to your Windows 10 device with your face or finger.
  1. Internet Explorer? What’s that? Microsoft’s new Edge browser is here and it’s designed for quick browsing, reading, and sharing. You can even do markups and doodles on a page and share them.
  1. The Microsoft Phone Companion app enables any phone—yes, even iPhones and Android devices—to work seamlessly with your Windows 10 machine.
  1. An integrated Xbox app unifies your gaming experience across your Xbox One and Windows 10 device. It can stream Xbox One games to your Windows 10 machine and keep you updated with your Xbox Live friends, among others.
  1. Windows 10 is available in four configurations: Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education.

Along with the launch of Windows 10, the new Windows Store and the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) have become available as well.

Need help upgrading? Visit any of Microsoft Philippines’ partner computer retail shops, including Asianic, Silicon Valley, Memoxpress, PCWorx, Electroworld, Berlein, Complink, Octagon, Villman, and PC Express.


#UpgradeYourWorld campaign

Also announced yesterday is the year-long global CSR campaign called #UpgradeYourWorld, where Microsoft will be supporting 10 standout non-profits, who will each receive a $500,000 investment, technology and services, and promotion across Microsoft’s owned, earned, and paid media.


  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
(Present during the launch were four Windows 10 ambassadors who want to upgrade the world: (from left) 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Penaflorida, graphic designer/illustrator and founder of plus63 design studio Dan Matutina, OFW rights advocate Myrna Padilla, Microsoft YouthSpark winner Dominic Co.)


Nine organizations have already been picked, and Microsoft is letting the public decide which lucky non-profit is worthy to have the last slot. You can cast your vote by tagging the name of your favorite non-profit with the hashtags #UpgradeYourWorld and #vote on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The winner of the 10th slot will be announced on September 1.

On August 20, Microsoft Philippines will spend the day with Gawad Kalinga volunteers to help build houses and upgrade their classrooms with Windows-powered devices and reliable internet connection.

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