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2015 will be Microsoft’s chance to regain long lost popularity as they release Windows 10 Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More , their new flagship and cross-platform operating system. Here’s what happened with Windows 10 in 2014 and the milestones you can look forward to in 2015.

What Happened So Far

In April, Microsoft released the last meaningful update for Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Curious about the latest Windows 8.1 Update or not sure what this is about? KB2919355 is a cumulative update that comes with useful features. It can also be removed in case it causes issues. Read More , which addressed most user complaints, except for the Start Menu 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now Windows 8 won't get a native Start Menu after all. But why wait on Microsoft? Here's how you can help yourself with third party tools like Classic Shell or Start8 and other workarounds. Read More . By the time the second Windows 8.1 update Is Windows 8.1 Done After This Unspectacular August Update? Is Windows 8.1 Done After This Unspectacular August Update? The much anticipated August Update for Windows 8.1, formerly known as Update 2, has arrived and it's not what we expected; but then we already knew that. Is it even worth bothering? In short: YES! Read More came around in August, Windows 8.1 users had come to terms with the new OS or downgraded to Windows 7 Microsoft Retires Windows 7: This Is How You Can Still Get A Copy Microsoft Retires Windows 7: This Is How You Can Still Get A Copy Windows 7 Home and Ultimate editions have been retired. If you want to get a computer without Windows 8.1, your options are limited. We have compiled them for you. Read More . Fueled by leaked screenshots Windows 9 Leaked Screens Revealing Known Unknowns Windows 9 Leaked Screens Revealing Known Unknowns Windows 9 is dropping its veil. Recently leaked screenshots give an unprecedented insight into what we might expect from the latest iteration of Windows. Read More , the tech world moved on to speculate about Windows 9 What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized What Can You Expect From Windows 9? Threshold Rumors Summarized In a few weeks, Microsoft will release its first official preview of Windows 9, code-named Threshold. Let's see whether this new Windows incarnation could meet your needs. Read More .

On October 1st, Microsoft revealed the Windows 10 Technical Preview Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More .

Why Windows 10? Because of its significance and because with Windows 95 and 98 the 9 had already been taken.

After a promising set of Windows 10 preview builds Windows 10 Is Evolving - This Is What's New In Build 9860 Windows 10 Is Evolving - This Is What's New In Build 9860 The new Windows 10 version comes with several new features and provides sneak peeks into future builds. Microsoft is morphing Windows 10 right in front of our eyes. Find out where Windows is headed. Read More , the November Build 9879 showed some serious issues, including failed installations in the presence of Office, File Explorer crashes, and bricked hard drives, to name a few. Fixes were released quickly; it’s a Technical Preview after all Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS If you think Windows 10 is a keylogger, you know nothing about the purpose of a Technical Preview. That's OK because we're here to explain. Read More . No official build was released in December, although some internal builds leaked.

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This is where we are now and here’s what’s to come.

The Next Chapter, January 21st

On January 21st, Microsoft will hold a Windows 10 press event at its Redmond campus. Among the senior leaders responsible for the development of Windows 10, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to make a statement. The event will be available as a live webcast, details to be released soon on the Microsoft Windows Blog.

Windows 10 Event

Meanwhile, in an update on the Windows Insider Program, Gabe Aul talked more about the next Windows 10 build, which will likely be released during the January 21st event. The build branch name, FBL_AWESOME, is meant to remind developers of their objective. You can follow the BuildFeed here. Whether this will be the consumer preview or another technical preview remains unclear.

All other expectations for this event are based on evidence from leaked builds or insider information. For example, the next build is expected to unlock Cortana Discover Cortana On Windows 10 - Her Hiding Places Revealed! Discover Cortana On Windows 10 - Her Hiding Places Revealed! Cortana, Microsoft's voice controlled personal assistant, has been starting to show up on Windows 10. This article reveals her hiding places. It looks like she will come out to play very soon. Read More , Microsoft’s virtual assistant, and Continuum, the tool that will sense the device type and adjust Windows behavior accordingly.

Monthly Windows 10 Builds

Mary Jo Foley writes that the next build will be known as the January Technical Preview (JTP), rather than consumer preview. Her sources also claim that the JTP will be followed by monthly builds called February Technical Preview, March Technical Preview, etc.

Windows 10

Windows 10 Mobile SKU Preview

It’s unclear when the mobile SKU Preview of Windows 10 will be released, but Mary Jo Foley predicts that Microsoft will demonstrate it during the January 21st event. The mobile version of Windows 10 is said to run on ARM and Intel tablets.

BUILD, April / May 2015

BUILD is Microsoft’s yearly Windows developer conference. During their September 30, 2014 event, when they initially revealed Windows 10, Microsoft announced a Developer Preview would be released for BUILD 2015. While this seems unlikely, given that they are planning to release monthly builds, we will certainly hear more about the final release schedule for Windows 10 during this event.

BUILD 2015

Windows Business Model, Spring / Summer 2015

What might also be announced during BUILD 2015 or shortly after, is the Windows 10 business model Subscribe to Windows 10? Microsoft Evaluates Alternative Payment Models For Their Products Subscribe to Windows 10? Microsoft Evaluates Alternative Payment Models For Their Products In the summer, it was rumored that Windows 10 might be free. Recently, Microsoft's Kevin Turner made comments about monetising Windows differently and that services would be involved. Microsoft is changing its business model. Read More . At this point, Windows users are hoping for free or cheap upgrades. Microsoft COO Kevin Turner recently suggested that Windows 10 might be monetized as a service. Microsoft might release Windows components as Software as a Service (SaaS), i.e. with a subscription model, much like Office 365. Turner also announced that we will hear more about this in spring or summer 2015.

Final Release, Summer / Fall 2015

This is the most shaky milestone of all because so much could go wrong before the summer of 2015 rolls around. While Microsoft will most like miss the Back To School sale (once again), there’s hope they will release Windows 10 in time for Christmas 2015.

Are You Ready For Windows 10 In 2015?

If you’re eager to try the preview to be released on January 21st, you can now prepare your computer for the Windows 10 installation by downloading a tool from the Microsoft website. Your computer will then deliver the January Windows 10 release via Windows Update Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Read More .

Alternatively, you can manually download and install the current Windows 10 Preview ISO file, which gives you more flexibility as to when, where, and how to install the preview builds. For example, you could try Windows 10 on Linux How To Try Windows 10 If You're Running Linux How To Try Windows 10 If You're Running Linux Love Linux, but still depend on Windows occasionally? The Windows 10 TP is a stable test system. We show you how you can try Windows for free as a dual boot or on a virtual... Read More , install it in a virtual machine on your Mac How To Try Windows 10 On Your Mac Free & Easy How To Try Windows 10 On Your Mac Free & Easy Even as a Mac user you might need Windows from time to time, be it at work or a public computer. Here's a chance to familiarize yourself with Windows 10 for free. Read More , or dual boot it with Windows 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview You can try Windows 10 Technical Preview for free and help Microsoft polish its new flagship operating system. Before you install it, make sure you choose the best method for your needs. Read More 7 or 8.

What Will Happen With The Preview At The End Of 2015?

Finally, good news for those who already have upgraded to Windows 10. According to Gabriel Aul, Microsoft intends to support a direct upgrade from Windows 10 TP to the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) version. If that happens, users will be able to seamlessly transition to the final release, while keeping all their settings and installed applications. That would be truly awesome!

What is your biggest hope for Windows 10?

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