Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available in India from 29 July as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. The phone version will arrive at a later time.
An event in New Delhi, Bhaskar Pramanik, chairperson, Microsoft India said Microsoft was looking at 1 billion devices running on Windows 10 in a couple of years.
“Windows 10 is the best system today. Windows 10 will be available across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. In India, more than 1,500 outlets will help consumers move up to Windows 10,” he said. Microsoft India said that Microsoft was looking at 1 billion devices running on Windows 10 by FY18.
Six popular Indian apps — Zomato, BookMyShow, Jabong, Gaana and Mobikwik and the like will be available as Universal Windows Apps shortly.
Vineet Durani, director, windows business group, Microsoft India said, “We are entering a new era of Windows. We built Windows 10 along with our customers. And what better way to introduce it than to celebrate along with the fans who played a vital role in making this happen. Windows 10 for mobiles is in technical preview and will be available soon.”
Microsoft believes it will be the employees who will drive adoption for when they use Windows 10 at their homes, they would ask for similar experience in the workplace. “When enterprises don’t have to spend so much time and money to modernise their PC fleet in a simple manner, the uptake will catch up,” said Durani.
Consumers who upgrade to Windows 10 will have the option to roll back to the previous version within 30 days. Home users who have reserved their copy will get starting today for the next some days.
Windows 10 includes features such as Cortana, voice-based smart assistant, an app for gaming and a new web browser to replace Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Free upgrade programmes would be available today with Windows 10 software becoming broadly available in retail stores between mid-August and September around the world.
The Start menu of Windows 7 will be retained, while Live Tiles in Windows 8 showing streaming updates on app icons will be kept as they are in the new system.