Microsoft today released Windows 10 as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.
Microsoft calls Windows 10 ‘The Best Windows Ever’, highlighting these features:
- Windows 10 offers a familiar Start menu, Taskbar, and Desktop so it’s easy to get started with.
- Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with the hardware, software and peripherals you already own.
- With OneDrive online storage, you can easily share and keep your files up to date across all your devices, simply.
- Voice, Pen and Gesture input allow you to more naturally interact with your PC.
- Windows 10 is designed to run Office and Skype perfectly to increase your productivity.
- The Cortana personal digital assistant makes it easy to find the right information at the right time.
- You can easily switch between apps and stay organized with Snap and Task View.
- Continuum optimizes your apps and experience across touch and desktop modes.
- New Microsoft Edge browser allows you to quickly browse, read, and even mark up and share the web.
- The integrated Xbox App delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together your friends, games, and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
- The Companion Phone app lets you set up your iPhone, Android or Windows phone to work seamlessly with your Windows device.
- Built-in apps including Photos, Maps, Microsoft’s new music app Groove, and Movies & TV, offer entertainment and productivity options.
Here’s a playlist of Microsoft’s official intro videos for Windows 10:
Key Features of Windows 10 for Musicians and Music Apps:
- Greater emphasis on traditional laptop/desktop users
- Universal app development – features & API’s available across all devices, promising more music app development for more devices
- New MIDI API – available across all devices (desktop, tablet, phone, etc), multi-client support, reduce jitter
- Improved audio stack performance – promises to shave approx 15ms off of audio latency, ‘opt-in’ to lower buffers for even lower latency
- ‘Opt-in’ dedicated audio core – option to move audio processing to dedicated processor core for improved performance
- WASAPI enhancements
- AudioGraph – new API, built on WASAPI, offers ‘higher-level constructs’ for working with audio
- New Codecs – FLAC, ALAC
- Web Audio – included in Microsoft Edge, lets you use browser-based music apps
For detailed info on the new OS’s features, see our post on Windows 10 audio and MIDI features for musicians.
Windows 10 is a free download from the Microsoft site. Make sure your music apps and hardware are compatible before you update.
If you’ve used Windows 10, leave a comment and let us know what you’re using and how it’s working for you.