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Windows 10 news recap: free upgrade comes to an end, Windows 10 is an open platform and more

Welcome back to our weekly “Windows 10 news recap” series where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s latest operating system. Let’s get started.

The Free Upgrade for Windows 10 came to an end on July 29th. Those who didn’t upgrade before the offer ended will now need to pay the standard retail price for a license to use Windows 10. We take a look at the pricing of Windows 10 and where it can be purchased from.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update makes it harder for admins to remove advertising

Microsoft will be making it more difficult for system admins to remove sponsored apps and advertisements from Windows 10 once the Anniversary Update rolls out. The company will be removing several Group Policies that previously permitted system admins to control the content displayed on connected PCs.

Epic Games’ co-founder continues to rail against Windows 10’s moves toward a “closed platform”

In the latest episodic adventure of Tim Sweeney vs. Windows 10, Sweeney is yet again claiming Windows is a “closed platform” and that it is out to crush Steam and monopolise the gaming market to Microsoft’s benefit.

Microsoft responds to Epic’s Tim Sweeney, says Windows 10 is indeed an open platform

Epic Games’ co-founder, Tim Sweeney, is at it again. Making stark claims about Microsoft having some master plan to monopolise the gaming industry, taking PC gamers with it. The company responded to Sweeney’s latest remarks, standing behind its previous statement of Windows 10 being an “open platform”.

Lenovo launches its newest Windows 10 notebook in China, the Air 13 Pro

Lenovo has launched its latest notebook running Windows 10, the Air 13 Pro, which is now available in China. It comes packed with some neat features, such as fingerprint recognition, to provide a more secure computing experience on-the-go.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update ISOs will be available on August 2nd as well

For those wanting to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update manually, or save a backup somewhere else, for any reason, they’ll be able to do so from day one – as Microsoft will be releasing the ISOs for the update on August 2nd.

Microsoft’s strong Windows 10 upgrade tactics have already landed it in some legal trouble, however, those troubles appear to be more widespread as time goes on, with yet more lawsuits heading in the direction of Microsoft’s legal team.

Game developers around the world will be pleased to know that Microsoft has already built Universal Windows Platform support into Unreal Engine 4, allowing game developers to make use of the UWP when developing games with Unreal Engine 4.

Web developers will be happy to see that Microsoft has updated its virtual machines, that come with Windows 10 pre-installed, to build 14393 and added in EdgeHTML 14, allowing developers to test against the latest version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Insider build 14894 appears, could be the start of Redstone 2 for PC and Mobile

With the Anniversary Update, also known as Redstone 1, landing on PCs and Mobile’s around the world on August 2nd, Microsoft is already gearing up to the next big update – Redstone 2 – which will be heavily focused on its Windows 10 Mobile platform. The first build of such has already been spotted.

This week saw a cumulative update passing through the Insider rings:

That’s it – let us know your thoughts on Windows 10 this week in the comments below!

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