Little Windows symbols are appearing in the systems trays of taskbars of personal computers all over New Zealand two months ahead of the official launch of Windows 10.
Hover your mouse pointer over the symbol, in the bottom right hand screen of the Windows Desktop on Windows 7 and 8.1 machines, and a pop up appears saying "Get Windows 10".
From there it's as easy as entering your email address to reserve your free Windows 10 update which will arrived on eligible personal computer on July 29 over the internet.
New Zealanders will be among the hundreds of millions of personal computer users who will get the free upgrade.
Microsoft New Zealand Marketing and Operations Director Frazer Scott said the July 29 launch of Windows 10 would be a significant moment for New Zealand, as it will bring a new level of personal computing to both individuals and Kiwi businesses.
"Windows 10 empowers you to be more productive with a personal and natural experience that works across all your devices - phone, tablet, laptop, Xbox and PC. It's familiar, yet better than ever, and will deliver ongoing feature innovations and security updates," Scott said in a statement.
"What's more - it's easier than ever to upgrade, there will be a new icon appear on your PC's System Tray: the Get Windows 10 App, which will provide an easy path to follow for getting your upgrade underway."
Scott said there were around two million devices in New Zealand running either Windows 7 or 8.1, and Microsoft was forecasting hundreds of thousands more new Windows devices to ship to the New Zealand market this year.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President Terry Myerson, based out of Microsoft's Redmond headquarters in the US, said, "Windows 10 is a new generation of Windows designed to empower you to do great things.
"Windows 10 starts to deliver on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms."
Microsoft came under criticism when it dumped some familiar feature for Windows 8, caving in a little with Windows 8.1 by bringing some features back. But Windows 10 takes the best elements of Windows 7 and 8.1.
It is optimised for both keyboard and touch.
Windows 10 brings back the Start menu, while enabling people to easily find their files, pinned applications and favourites. Windows 10 includes free anti-malware protection in Windows Defender. Windows Hello, in Windows 10, lets users log in to PCs without a password - providing instant, more secure access through biometric authentication. Windows 10 also lets people interact with their device via the traditional mouse and keyboard, or through more natural ways such as voice, pen or gesture.
It includes Microsoft Edge, a replacement for Internet Explorer, designed to empower people to focus on just the content that matters to them and actively engage with the web. Microsoft has also redesigned Office from the ground up to run on Windows 10. Windows 10 offers a familiar and consistent experience across devices.
Xbox on Windows 10 brings the expansive Xbox Live gaming network to both Windows 10 PCs and tablets. People can communicate with their friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One while playing any PC game, and share content using Game DVR. People can also stream games directly from their Xbox One console to their Windows 10 tablets or PCs. Games developed for DirectX 12 in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability.
More information is available at windows.com