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First major update to Windows 10 to arrive free on 2 August
July 4, 2016, 4:00 pm

Windows 10 users will get their first major update to the operating system on August 2nd, and it is free. Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to ship its Windows 10 Anniversary Update to existing devices on 2 August, a few days after the one-year anniversary of its launch on 29 July, 2015.

The new update includes new features such as Windows Ink, Microsoft Edge browser extensions, and improvements to its digital assistant, Cortana.

Microsoft has been providing Windows 10 as a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for the past year, but that is about to change. While 350 million devices are now running Windows 10, people will have to pay US$119 to upgrade from an older version of Windows after 29 July of this year.

Once the free upgrade comes to an end in a month, it is reasonable to assume adoption of Windows 10 will slow unless there is an increased demand for 2in1 devices or PCs themselves. Microsoft is also tweaking the Windows 10 upgrade prompt for those who still have not upgraded. The prompt for updating to Windows 10, will no longer brusquely schedule an automatic upgrade, instead it will allow the user to choose a time of their liking or decline the free offer.


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