Microsoft Windows: The Operating System That Powers Your PC into the Future

The operating system is a computer’s brain, the all-important software that manages everything the computer does, all of its hardware components, and every application it runs. The OS also provides the user interface, which includes all the things on the screen, like menus and icons and mouse and keyboard controls; the user interface enables you to interact with the computer. Powerful, intuitive, and constantly improved since its initial 1985 release, Microsoft Windows is the world’s most popular operating system. With Microsoft Windows 10, the operating system takes a open-sans-bold step into the future, bringing unrivalled ease of use and powerful capabilities to the computer desktop while also making the leap to mobile devices.

With a simple and free Windows upgrade, PC users can enjoy the benefits of Microsoft Windows 10, including built-in apps with OneDrive online backup, full support for touch screens, the new Windows Store for downloading digital content, Microsoft’s advanced digital assistant Cortana, the new Microsoft Edge web browser, Xbox One remote game streaming, and Windows Hello biometric security. The future of the computer doesn’t just include traditional PCs and laptops, it also encompasses mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, and hybrid systems like the Surface Pro. Microsoft Windows 10 is built to embrace this vision with Continuum, an amazing feature that automatically switches back and forth between traditional desktop view, and the tiles of a mobile view, depending on whether a device is using a keyboard or touch input. You can even switch between working on a PC, a tablet, or a smartphone without missing a beat.

The latest Windows operating system is the best and most advanced Microsoft Windows ever, yet it retains the familiar Start menu and desktop so it’s easy to pick up and start using, even if it’s been years since your last Windows update.

It’s the Windows you know, only better

Familiar and better than ever.

Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use, with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and is designed to work with software and hardware you already have.

It's how doing gets done.

Get to done faster by better managing your desktop. Snap up to four things on one screen at the same time and create virtual desktops whenever you need more space or want to group things by project, like Office apps for work and games for play.

Flexibility to work how you want.

Introducing the new Windows Store, a unified shopping experience across every Windows 10 device. Browse the store on your PC, tablet, or phone and easily download great free and paid digital content including apps, games, music, movies, and TV shows1.

Interact with your device however you want.

Touch, type, write, or speak: the choice is yours so you can use whatever works best for what you’re doing2.

  • 1 Feature, content, and app availability and experience may vary by market and device.
  • 2 Hardware dependent; some accessories may be sold separately.

The best Windows ever for gaming.

The best of Xbox. Now on all your devices.

Play Xbox games on your PC or tablet.

Stream your Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC or tablet1 in your home.

Stay connected to games and friends wherever you go.

With the Xbox app on Windows 10, your gaming activity, friends, and achievements follow you across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices2.

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  • 1 Broadband internet required for some features (ISP fees apply); Xbox Live features only available with supported games in Xbox Live-supported countries, see Stream to one device at a time; streaming with multiplayer from Xbox One requires home network connection and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately). Xbox One and PC/Tablet versions of games sold separately.
  • 2 Broadband internet required for some features (ISP fees apply); Xbox Live features only available with supported games in Xbox Live-supported countries, see Xbox One and PC/Tablet versions of games sold separately.

Be closer to what matters with a Windows 10 touch device.

Touch enhances everday activities.

With a Windows 10 touch device, spend your time swiping, dragging and dropping – and get more done! Multitask with your fingertips - manage multiple windows and applications on the same screen, then switch effortlessly to a favourite game with one simple swipe.

Touch adapts.

Where doing gets done. Windows 10 touch devices let you interact in new ways with your content. Navigating is quicker, easier and more intuitive. You’re connected and in control - with everything at your fingertips.

Touch enables versatility.

Think of a Windows 10 touch device as a natural extension of your phone or tablet. Now you can point, swipe, drag or drop right on your screen. Touch lets you interact in new ways. It's easy and fun - and you get more done.

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