Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. I guess it means free updates as well. It doesn’t make sense to charge customers for bug fixes. So, why is Microsoft giving away a huge part of their revenue? Maybe, it has learned from the Windows Vista experience. Remember when Vista users had to buy Windows 7 to upgrade to a much more stable environment. Many people don’t seem to like Windows 8. That’s why Microsoft came out with Windows 10 right away, to make a right of the wrong. Charging for Windows 10, would have made people think twice before opening up their pockets.
Windows 10 will come with a new browser called Spartan. It’s supposed to interact with a stylus. It’s “tuned for mobile phones” and “built for the modern web.” Spartan has features that’s focused on productivity, as well as a voice interface. Unless you’re a Windws 10 beta tester, you might not see it for a while.
Amazon says that it can now deliver some packages within an hour. The new speedy service is available for $99 prime members in select cities starting with New York City. The service also adds $7.99 shipping fee per order. The service will be available from 6:00am to midnight seven days a week. Anyone needing a fast delivery can take advantage of this fast service. Most of this service will probably be delivered by bike messengers, and possibly by drones in the future. Read more.
Microsoft Sway is now available to the general public. Sway is a new online tool for creating presentation documents. Sway doesn’t have traditional files. It’s built for the cloud. Features include undo and redo, bullets and numbering, editing text on the canvas, reordering of sections, importing PDFs, and color picker, to name a few. Read more.
Ford is ditching Microsoft for QNX for in-car technology package. It’s supposed to be faster, sleeker and much improved over the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto. Read more.