Microsoft has offered existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users free upgrade to Windows 10 version.
This change is for the Windows Insider Program ONLY, and is specific to how we’re delivering the Insider Preview builds. Available from July 29th onwards, users do not need an MSA to upgrade Windows 10 on their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems if they are not receiving Insider Preview builds. Users will not be required to use an MSA on new PCs that come with Windows 10 preinstalled or clean installed from media. Some features in Windows 10 do require an MSA to use, such as downloading apps in the Windows Store.
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According to several online sources, Microsoft has announced that it’s recently revamped free mail service, Outlook.com, will now support Skype video calling, starting from the United Kingdom, before introducing the “preview version” to the United States and Germany in the coming weeks.
Outlook.com users will be able to make audio and video calls as well as send Skype instant messages only by installing a browser plug-in. The integration will allow selecting the right medium for messages via e-mails, calls, video calls or instant messages, adding that Microsoft’s messenger service will also be made available to the users who can call messenger users from Outlook.com.
This move is a strategic one, especially Google’s GMail services already include such audio, video, email and messaging integration onto one platform. Furthermore, there are also other rival messaging services, such as Viber and Whatsapp, that are growing much quicker on the mobile platform.
Microsoft has taken a bold step to revamp the Hotmail completely, now calling it Outlook, which most people are familiar with. When I first heard the news of the new release, I did not hesitate to quickly log on to Outlook and try it out.
Unlike other free web-based email, such as Google Mail or Yahoo, Microsoft has a good reputation to be relatively stable and secure. That’s the main reason why there is no hesitation.
My initial experience is really good. The interface looks like that of GMail, but it’s relatively better for organization of emails and folders. Remember, GMail uses indexing to get the speed. On top of that, Outlook integrates with Contacts, SkyDrive and Calendar very well.
What truly blows me away is the SkyDrive that Microsoft is offering – free 7GB Cloud service, which is practically almost unlimited. Furthermore, Microsoft has developed applications for use in multiple devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and Microsoft Windows. Nothing really comes close to what Microsoft has produced this time round.
Great work, Microsoft! I can sense MSFT share prices going up now.