Microsoft reveals Windows 10 launch plans

Microsoft has shared details for the rollout of Windows 10, starting on July 29, which includes a new Upgrade Your World initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world.

On July 29, Microsoft will make Windows 10 available, across 190 countries, as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets.  

Describing it as the best Windows ever, Microsoft says Windows 10, shaped with the help of five million Windows Insiders and fans, includes new innovations like Cortana, Microsoft Edge and the Xbox app. It’s fast, more secure and compatible. It’s familiar and easy to use. It’s automatically up to date.

Microsoft says: “We will celebrate the unprecedented role our biggest fans – more than 5 million Windows Insiders – played in the development of Windows 10 at special events in 13 cities around the world, including Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, New Delhi, Dubai, Nairobi, Berlin, Johannesburg, Madrid, London, Sao Paolo, and New York City. These celebrations will offer hands-on opportunities, experiential demos, entertainment and opportunities to meet the Windows team.”

As part of the new Upgrade Your World initiative, Microsoft will be partnering with 10 global and 100 local non-profits to help them upgrade the world. The nine global nonprofits are: CARE, Code.org, The Global Poverty Project, Keep a Child Alive, Pencils of Promise, Save the Children, Special Olympics, the Malala Fund, and The Nature Conservancy. Beginning on July 29, people around the world will be invited to nominate a 10th global nonprofit to participate. Microsoft employees are also receiving an extra day off to volunteer in their communities throughout the year, with thousands participating on July 29 in honour of the Windows 10 launch.

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