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Windows 10: Our complete guide to Microsoft’s next OS

Windows 8 was a bit of a misstep for Microsoft. The removal of the Start menu, introduction of fullscreen “Metro” apps, and redesigned interface caught users off guard, to say the least. Either in an effort to distance itself from the situation, or due to a slip of the finger when typing the name the first time, the newest version of Windows skips right over 9, opting for the much rounder 10.

Whatever the reason for the name, it’s clear that Microsoft has heard user feedback, and is setting about designing an operating system that people actually want to use again. The Windows Insider program allows anyone to download Windows 10 right away, and then give feedback on concerns and everyday processes that directly affect the development of the new OS.

That means frequent updates, changes, and new functionality at every turn, but it can be a lot to process. We’ve got all the news, bugs, and update info in one convenient place so you know exactly what you’re getting into.

If you’d prefer to wait for the official release of Windows 10, Microsoft announced that of the seven versions, at least the PC and tablet iterations will launch on July 29th of this year. The operating system will also release for Xbox and mobile phones at a later, unannounced date.

Updated on 6-22-2015 by Brad Bourque: With the official release of Windows 10 looming, Microsoft has been more forthcoming about the details of updating to the consumer version from Windows 7 and 8, and how the Insider program will work after release.

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