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The gamer's guide to the Windows 10 launch


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Just a few short years after its predecessor was released, Microsoft today launches Windows 10 onto the mass market. Rather than radically overhauling the Windows experience once again, this latest version of the world’s most ubiquitous desktop operating system retains much of the UI functionality found in Windows 8, with many of the more interesting developments taking place under the hood.

The stated purpose of Windows 10 is to build on the previous release of Windows 8 to provide a cross-platform operating system that supports a wide range of Microsoft platforms such as PCs, phones, tablets and – of course – the Xbox One. It will also provide a common platform for future product lines that Microsoft has in development, including the upcoming HoloLens technology which will have its own applications for gaming.

Rather interestingly, Microsoft has chosen to make Windows 10 completely free for those who currently have Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed on their gaming machines. This free release is the full version of the operating system, with no content limitations or restrictions. There is a limit on the availability of this offer, however – if you want to make the Windows 10 upgrade for free, you’ll need to get it downloaded and installed by 29th July 2016.

Some of the new features and technology included with this new version of Windows bring some interesting changes to the table for both PC and Xbox One gamers alike. We’ll be taking a closer look at the impact of DX12 – as well as the experience of streaming Xbox One gameplay to Windows 10 devices – in the coming days. For now, here’s our quick guide to everything you need to know about Windows 10 at launch, and how you might be able to take advantage of the software to enhance your gaming experience.