Windows 10 is available as a free download on July 29th (next week). Most notably, it features the return of the start menu and it seems like a marriage of Windows 7 and 8.

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I know a lot of you are probably still on Windows 7 and I’m curious to know who actually wants to upgrade from that if they’re perfectly happy with their current setup.

I, on the other hand, am using 8.1, so I am eager to make that change – especially if its free. Windows 8 sucks.

“But JAGYOOAR,” you must be thinking, “I don’t know what I would get out of the new OS and CHANGE SCARES ME.”

Well, old sport, here is the list of main features on their website distilled by myself.

The Start Menu is back in an expanded form, plus we’ll bring over your pinned apps and favorites so they’re ready and waiting for you. 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.

This is the first paragraph on the page. It all sounds good. The beloved start menu is back in an “expanded form” … sounds sexy.

The next bit should probably be expected by now and should have been a feature of Windows 8, but that’s debatable. Movin’ on!

Windows 10 comes with Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser that’s built to give you a better web experience. Write2 or type notes directly on webpages and share them with others, read online articles free of distraction, and save your favorite reads for later access.

Internet Explorer is bad and awful, so bad and awful that Microsoft decided to make a new browser and rebrand it entirely. I’m not sure why they called it “Edge.” I would have gone with something like Microsoft Portal (sounds like a Window) of Microsoft Beavertown (WHY NOT).

Easily snap up to four apps in place and see all open tasks in a single view. You can even create virtual desktops when you need more space or want to group things by project.

I’m sure this will be fine. Apple’s OSX has had “Spaces” for years and I use it all the time. This sounds similar.

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 purchase great digital content including apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.

Pass. Apple has the App store and I hate that too. Besides, didn’t 8 have a Windows Store populated by mostly worthless apps?

Cortana works across your day and your devices to help you get things done. By learning more over time, Cortana becomes more personal and useful to you. Cortana’s also best at reminders, delivering them at the right time and place so you forget less and can do more.

I’ve got to admit, I shout commands at my Xbox One very regularly. I never use Siri on my iPhone because she is dumb and useless at least 75% of the time. However, 90% of my Xbox One bullying is related to changing the volume of the TV, 9% is dedicated to turning the thing on and off, and 1% is for other things. I am probably not going to use Cortana.

Get the biggest Xbox franchises with the best of Xbox Live. Start recording gameplay in seconds, compete against console players, and stream games from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 device from anywhere in your home.

This one is interesting and it’s the first I’ve heard of it. I guess this is cool if you have a laptop or something?

With Xbox on Windows 10, you’ll have more ways to connect and play, wherever you go. Your games, your friends, your achievements, and more follow you across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Xbox Live is built into Windows 10, giving you access to the greatest gaming community in the world, no matter where you are.

The language is a little confusing here. It makes it sound like you can be at your friend’s house with your laptop and access your Xbox One to play games on it, even if it’s not in the same place as you. I don’t think that’s the case, although it would be insanely cool. However:

Windows 10 extends the Xbox experience with game streaming. Play your Xbox One games on a desktop, laptop, or tablet in your home on your local Wi-Fi.

So it is only doable in your home on your local Wi-Fi.

Multiplayer gaming is now possible across devices between Windows 10 and Xbox One. In the upcoming game Fable Legends, be the Villain on your PC and outwit Heroes playing against you on Xbox One.

Here is far and away the most important feature of Windows 10, depending on how it ends up being received and supported. I can’t believe how long it’s taken Microsoft to do this. They have the PC gaming market completely cornered, and a console that’s in a fight for it’s life with the PS4. Making them play nice together should be a no-brainer. If I’m able to buy one game and play it with both my PC and Xbox friends, that’s a giant leap for mankind.

Now, we still have to talk about one more thing: compatibility with your game library. I’ve dug around and the general consensus is that if it works on Windows 7 or 8, it probably runs just fine on 10. I haven’t seen anyone complaining about games failing.

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With that being said, you always risk running into bugs and compatibility issues when upgrading your OS, but it’s comforting to hear that most people have had great results in the beta.

So what about you guys?

[via Gizmodo]

[Cross-posted to the forums]

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