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Windows 10: five key features

Microsoft's Windows 10 begins rolling out on 29 July. In this video, Sophie Curtis takes a look at its key features

This month, Microsoft is finally releasing its long-awaited new operating system, Windows 10, featuring a new user interface, a new browser, and the return of the all-important Start menu.

The new Start menu is split in two, with a list of commonly used applications and settings on the left hand side and Windows 8-style "live tiles" on the right, optimised for touch-based computing.

The new Edge browser is aimed squarely at consumers, and includes a number of nifty features like Read Mode and Web Note, allowing users to read and interact with web pages in the way they want.

With Windows 10, there is now a button on the taskbar that gives you a zoomed-out view of all the apps you have running, and lets you select the one you want, or create multiple virtual desktops.

Micrsoft's personal assistant, Cortana, also learns about you over time, such as the music you like and the sports teams you support, and proactively highlights relevant news and information from the web.

Unlike with previous versions of the operating system, Windows 10 works across all Microsoft devices, including PCs, tablets, smartphones. The software automatically detects whether there is a keyboard attached and selects the most appropriate mode.

Windows will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users from 29 July. Everyone else will have to pay $119 (£99) for Windows 10 Home and $199 (about £131) for Windows 10 Pro.

Now read >> Windows 10 preview: should I upgrade?

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