Review: Windows 10 feels familiar, friendly

Shoppers mill around at the Microsoft Store at a launch event for Windows 10 held at the Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square in Bellevue Wednesday morning.

One of the most striking, and most welcome, features of Windows 10 is that it looks a lot like Windows 7.

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