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Companies such as Acer have dabbled with Windows Phone handsets, but they only make up a small fraction of the company’s line-up, which is dominated by Android handsets. Along with the usual festivities and a new marketing campaign, Microsoft is also promoting the idea of “upgrading the world” by offering consumers a bit of help with moving towards Windows 10, as well as celebrating inspirational non-profits all over the world. Windows 10 will bring new features to the experience, including a new Start menu, Cortana digital voice assistant, Microsoft Edge browser and Continuum for owners of hybrid and convertible notebooks.

Windows 10 will be available in seven versions, far more than one would have expected. With these events, Microsoft likely wants to avoid the upgrade confusion caused when Windows 8 launched. Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, announced in January that Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users for one year.

Skipping the Windows 9 name entirely, Microsoft has taken millions of pre-orders for their new Windows 10 because it is “free”.

The global not-for-profit organisations include CARE, Code.org, Keep a Child Alive, Malala Fund, Pencils of Promise, Save the Children, Special Olympics, The Global Poverty Project, and The Nature Conservancy. “That alone is going to be the big thing, that gets people excited”, said Yusuf Mehdi. In the days after, Microsoft will scale up their roll out.

The image shows a simple package that showcases what the user interface of Windows 10 looks like. “Now you will also be the first to get a build flighted to you using the channels that we’ll use for targeting and deploying to PCs for our staged rollout”, said Gabriel Aul in a posting in the official Windows Blog. “We want to celebrate people and organizations who empower others”.

As well as aiding towards organisations, Microsoft is giving its employees an extra day off work to volunteer in their local communities. And now on the back of the news that Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows Phone, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, has come out to state his commitment to the future of the smartphone.

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