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Windows 10 available from 29 July for PC, tablet

Redmond clarifies ‘summer’ release for make-or-break OS

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Microsoft has announced that 29 July will be the launch date of its make-or-break OS, Windows 10, for PCs and tablets, in final clarification of its earlier vague statements of a summer release.

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The news comes just one month after Microsoft operating systems VP, Joe Belfiore appeared to quash rumours circulated by OEM partners about a July launch.

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"We've said that Windows 10 will launch in the summer," said Belfiore at Microsoft's annual Build developer conference. "Some of you have heard our partners working in the ecosystem speculate about a date, but we have not announced a date."

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The Redmond-based software giant has gone back to the drawing board on its next-gen platform, seeking to make a lightweight system that would not require hardware replacement. Windows 10 will include a new Web browser, Edge, which is thought to be, as its previous code name "Spartan" suggests, less bulky than the much-maligned Internet Explorer.

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Windows 10 has been designed for the touch UI generation and a single core code base will govern all devices. The UI layer for smartphones and other more niche devices, such as the futuristic HoloLens, is still being finalised and these versions of the OS will roll out later in the year.

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Windows 7 and 8.1 users will be able to download and install the forthcoming OS for free, a pledge made by Microsoft earlier this year in a bid to encourage mass upgrades. According to CNET, Microsoft confirmed that for everyone else, a Windows 10 Home edition licence will cost $119, a Pro will cost $199 and a Pro Pack upgrade will cost $99. These are the same prices Microsoft charged for Windows 8 when its initial discounted-licence period expired.