The announcement to launch Windows 10 this summer, in 190 countries and in 111 languages around the world, was made by Terry Myerson a Microsoft executive at the Windows Hardware Ecosystem Community (WinHEC) summit in China.
There are several new software applications in the Windows 10 operating systems, one of which is Windows Hello that uses biometric authentication – using your face, iris or fingerprint to unlock your devices and personalise your experience. This will make Windows 10 more responsive by providing instant access to your hardware, with technology that is significantly safer than traditional passwords. Microsoft are also working closely with their hardware partners to deliver Windows Hello-capable devices that will ship with Windows 10.
The Windows 10 software is packed with new features including an upgraded, joke-telling, artificial intelligence called Cortana, and a new Xbox application that streams game play to your PC.
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If you have a tablet, then Windows 10 has unified the software interface across all devices. If you look at Apple, they have an operating system for their PC range and iOS for mobile devices. These are different software systems, and you have to switch from one to the other. With the new Windows 10, you do not have to switch, your desktop exists on your PC, windows phone and tablet simultaneously.
Microsoft has also announced several forward looking partnerships to support the new installation of Windows 10 and upgrades of previous versions that include: Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360. Andrew Griffin, reporting for the Independent, wrote,
“The update will be free to all Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users for its first year, as the company announced when it launched the operating system in January.
To make that upgrade process easier, some PC companies have already committed to helping their customers get on the new operating system. Lenovo, for instance, will offer free upgrade services at 2,500 service centres in China so that customers will be able to be guided through the process of installing Windows 10”
Most interesting for customers who are also a bit tech-minded, you can get a copy of the new software now, become a Windows Insider and Beta test Windows 10.
As a member of the Windows Insider community, Microsoft enthusiasts will help Microsoft build Windows 10 and get a first look at the new operating system.
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