Word that Windows 10 would be welcomed in grand style came less than a week yesterday after Microsoft said it will cut 7,800 jobs and write down the value of its struggling mobile phone division acquired last year from Nokia by some USD 7.6 billion.

The announcement represented the second major round of layoffs in a year for the US tech giant, which cut some 18,000 jobs a year ago as part of its effort to integrate the Finnish-based phone group.

Microsoft said in a statement that it would "restructure the company's phone hardware business to better focus and align resources."

Microsoft will make the latest version of its Windows OSl available from July 29 for computer and tablet users.

Special events are planned in 13 cities around the world in tribute to those who took part in a Windows software test period, Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post. The list of cities where Windows 10 launch events will take place includes Beijing, Sydney, Tokyo, London, New Delhi, Sao Paolo, and New York.

The new Windows 10 software will come as a free upgrade to people who already use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and will be available in 190 countries.

Windows 10 will come pre-installed on Microsoft-compatible computers and tablets from July 29 and will be available for purchase later in the year.
    
The move marks a major launch for Microsoft, after the relative failure of Windows 8, which was rolled out in 2013. Microsoft has high hopes for Windows 10, which it wants to see installed in a billion devices around the world by 2018.