Microsoft's newest Windows 10 operating system is now available in New Zealand as a free upgrade to eligible devices, or with new PCs and tablets.
Described by the company as the best and most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 will be kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates via online download.
“A new era of Windows starts today. From the beginning, Windows 10 has been unique — built with feedback from over 5 million fans, delivered as a service and offered as a free upgrade,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, at Microsoft Corp.
“Windows 10 delivers on our more personal computing vision, with a natural, mobile and trusted experience. Along with our partners, we’re excited to deliver the best Windows ever, which will empower people and organisations around the world to do great things,” says Myerson.
Frazer Scott, Marketing & Operations Director for Microsoft NZ, says upgrading to Windows 10 is easy for New Zealanders running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet.
“As of today, Kiwis who have reserved their free upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified when their upgrade is ready to be installed. This free upgrade offer will be available for a year from today for qualified and genuine Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 devices,” says Scott.
“In New Zealand, there are around two million PCs and devices running Windows. Most of these will be able to upgrade for free from today. Beyond this, we are anticipating hundreds of thousands of new devices to arrive on the market in the coming year which will be Windows 10 ready.”
Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing.
Also available today are the new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit, which Scott says will open the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.
Windows 10 offers many new experiences and devices, including:
The new Microsoft Edge browser, which lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.
The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
Continuum optimises apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes
Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.
A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
Windows 10 is more personal and productive, with voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PC’s. It’s designed to work with Office and Skype perfectly and allows you to switch between apps and stay organised.
Cortana, the Windows 10 personal digital assistant, will not be available as yet in the New Zealand market. However, Scott says that Microsoft is looking forward to offering Cortana to Kiwis in the future.
The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store. The new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets. For all digital note taking needs, the full featured OneNote app comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The upcoming release of the Office desktop apps (Office 2016) will offer a rich feature set for professional content creation. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimised for large screen PCs, laptops, and 2-in-1 devices like the Surface Pro.
Upgrading to Windows 10 is available for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Starting today, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within their work environments, and starting Aug. 1, organisations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.