Microsoft has an entirely new version of Windows 10 – but it's unlikely you'll ever use it
Windows 10 is set to soon become Microsoft’s most popular release ever.
With over 500 million installs to date, the platform has braved a chequered start to become a common sight in homes and businesses across the world.
But now it seems that Microsoft has reportedly been holding back a secret version of Windows 10 that adds in more features and services.
The new Windows 10 is now rolling out to release – but unfortunately there’s a fairly major catch.
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That’s because Microsoft has only released the new version of Windows 10 in China.
The country’s government had demanded Microsoft build a number of specific security protective features into the software before it could sanction its use.
This includes in-depth anti-surveillance platform that would make the software suitable to use by local government and state-owned enterprises.
China banned the use of Microsoft’s software, particularly Windows 8, following the revelations by Edward Snowden concerning the NSA spying allegations.
The news was revealed by Microsoft’s China CEO, who told the state-owned China Daily newspaper that the roll out was set to begin soon.
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"We have already developed the first version of the Windows 10 government secure system. It has been tested by three large enterprise customers," said Alain Crozier.
"We have worked extensively to make it secure and controllable. We are now ready to serve the market," Crozier added, although he failed to add any specific details on what exactly had been added.
The release could prove extremely lucrative for Microsoft, as it gives another foothold in to the potentially huge Chinese market.
Windows 10 has had over half a billion installs across the world
Asides from the new Chinese release, Microsoft is also hard at work on the Windows 10 Creators Update is the company’s biggest upgrade for some time, following the previous Anniversary Update, released last year.
The upgrade will bring a number of media-friendly additions to the software, including major improvements to 3D modelling, virtual reality support, gaming, and social media.
However it’s not all good news, as reports have claimed that Windows 10 Creators Update will include more adverts than previous editions as Microsoft looks to make the most of its new product.
The new release will also reportedly bring back unstoppable automatic updates in its latest software.