Review: Updated: Windows 10

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Update: It looks like the next major update to Windows 10 could be pushed back well into next year – to make room for some new friends. Read on into the “Latest news” section to find out more.

Windows 10 is an entirely fresh version of Microsoft’s veteran Windows operating system (OS) – a version that is make-or-break for the Redmond, Wash. company.

It was released on July 29, 2015 in seven versions, which I’ll tell you much more about below, as well as give you techradar’s final verdict on all aspects of the new OS. Note that there is a distinct Windows 10 Mobile review, which we’ve recently given a full grade.

Even though Windows 8.1 did improve a lot, there’s no escaping that, with Windows 8, Microsoft was hugely complacent, riding on the coattails of Windows 7. It drastically misread its audience with a fundamentally different interface that didn’t make any reasonable sense and was hard to learn. It failed us. It failed itself.

Thankfully, 2016 Microsoft is starkly different from 2012 Microsoft. The key management of the company has shuffled. It has realized that people can choose other OSes. It’s been creating software for Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android. As you’ll see, it’s allowing apps from other systems to be easily ported to Windows, too.