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Microsoft shows off Windows 10 on PC, smartphones and tablets

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Jan 2015 19:08 User comments (18)

Microsoft shows off Windows 10 on PC, smartphones and tablets Microsoft is moving away from its traditional view of Windows as its flagship OS product overwhelmingly focused on Desktop, and toward that of a service across devices.
Windows 10 is expected to be released later this year (sometime around the fall) and will be available as a free upgrade for devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, with the goal of getting as many Windows users as possible to the latest Windows experience.

It runs across PCs, smartphones and tablets and utilizes Universal Apps to synchronize content, notifications and more. The Windows Phone era seems to be coming to an end.

Microsoft's demonstrations today showcased how much Microsoft is focused on enhancing the user interface too. We saw a more modern looking Start Menu for example and over all, the visuals on display were quite a step up from where they were just back in September with the launch of the Windows Insider program.

For 2in1 devices (laptop/tablet), we also saw a "continuum mode" that changes Windows Apps to full screen display and optimizes for touch-screen when the keyboard is disconnected, while a new Task View really eases multitasking. The Windows automatically revert to their original size when the keyboard is re-attached.

Cortana arrives on Desktop and Tablets





It wasn't a secret that Cortana is coming to the Desktop and to tablets with Windows 10; nevertheless it was made official and demonstrated today. Cortana sits as a search box beside the Start Menu in the Desktop and can be used to organize your day, retrieve information and more, just as it can on Windows Phone devices.

Contana can compose an e-mail for you too with just voice instructions, and also is built to interact with Microsoft's new "Project Spartan" browser experience that we'll take a look at too shortly.

The demonstration of Cortana was notable for how natural the voice sounds, and how prompt it is at retrieving information when queried.

Windows 10 & Universal Apps





Microsoft really wants Windows to be seen more as a service across devices from Windows 10 onward than a set of separate operating systems. It is developing Universal Apps for that reason, and today showcased some Office apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and some other improved Windows apps that sync across all your devices.

For example, the new and improved Universal Photo App can sync photos from multiple sources and upload to OneDrive, making them available on all of your Windows devices. It can utilize an Auto Enhance feature to improve the quality of photos (remove red eye etc.) and can generate albums automatically of all of your photos, even if importing from several different sources.

Other Universal apps include Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging, Mail and Calendar.

Project Spartan - Microsoft's new browsing experience





Move over Internet Explorer, Microsoft is working on a new browser experience that is focused on the modern web. Codenamed Project Spartan, the browser comes with an all new rendering engine focused on performance. Today, Microsoft showed off some of its features.

Inking allows you to use a stylus or your finger to physically "draw" or annotate on webpages. Alternatively you can click anywhere and use your keyboard to type out comments. These annotations can be saved and easily shared with others, thanks to OneDrive.

Spartan also follows other browsers by including a reading list which can save content to be viewed across all of your devices. Additionally, a new reading mode can clear away webpage clutter and focus just on the important content, allowing you to read articles as if they were ebook pages.

As mentioned earlier, Cortana is built right into Spartan and can be used to retrieve relevant information to a particle webpage you have open, such as directions to a physical location associated with the page.

Xbox and Windows 10 gaming





The gaming experience that can be expected from Windows 10 is really important to a lot of users, and Microsoft is planning to bring Windows and Xbox close together.

A new Xbox App is coming to Windows 10 to integrate Live directly into the operating system. Xbox Live is social, interactive, and seamlessly integrated directly into Windows 10, bringing gamers the experiences they love across devices, like multiplayer gaming on Windows 10 against players on an Xbox One, and messaging and chat with friends.

It will also be possible to stream Xbox One games from a console to a Windows 10 PC on the same network, with an Xbox One controller connected to the PC, which will be very useful of the TV is not available in the living room.

Game DVR also is coming to Windows 10, allowing you to record your PC gameplay and upload/share it with others.

As you'd expect, Windows 10 and DirectX 12 also go hand in hand.

The integration won't go just one way either, as Phil Spencer revealed that Windows 10 is also coming to Xbox One. "Later this year we'll update to Windows 10 to enable seamless interaction with PC gamers and to give developers who want to extend their applications to the television an easy path to do so," he revealed.

Check out Windows 10



Builds of Windows 10 are available to install through the Windows Insider program. Since September, over 1.7 million have joined the program and are actively aiding Microsoft build its next generation.

Note however that not all displayed features today will be available soon on the preview versions of Windows 10.

See: insider.windows.com

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18 user comments

122.1.2015 2:18

why so desperate to get people away from W7 and 8.x? smell's shafty, there's bound to be a catch.


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222.1.2015 3:49

where do you register for the free upgrade


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322.1.2015 4:53

I think this is a good move my MS for once in the fact that you will be able to get the free upgrade from Windows 7 also.
The amount of corporate users that are still on Windows 7 is massive so this will give them the incentive to really consider moving to Windows 10 without any cost.

422.1.2015 6:25

Originally posted by DXR88:
smell's shafty, there's bound to be a catch.
The only reasoning as far as I can tell is getting all the platforms (desktops, laptops, tablets and phones) on a single OS. That would make developing apps a lot more lucrative.

Originally posted by wcgs2002:
where do you register for the free upgrade
MS will probably give out more details on upgrading closer to the release.

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522.1.2015 10:31

In my experience "fits all sizes" is not a way to design software. Different platforms have different requirements that this approach doe not address. I still have (and plan to keep owning)laptops and desktops. I don't really want my sometimes grubby paws smearing up the monitors. That is just one example. I will use Windows 7 as long as I am able.

622.1.2015 11:09

My experience something for nothing is a pipe dream. One can see the opportunity here for several scenarios. First applications used under previous versions of Windows don't work with Windows 10 and only applications specifically made by Windows would work, Who are you to complain after all it was free don't use it if you don't want to.
Next as mentioned a leasable operating system which provides unlimited income for Windows. Of course the plus side of that is one would probable never have to buy a new operating system, just lease all the apps also. Another unlimited income stream.
The third and most dangerous part of the scenario is the more "portable" the operating system, the harder it is to protect against hacking. Everyone has seen just how good all the gaming and computer operating systems have been at protecting information from hackers. Banking is mobile today, sexting photos, personal photos , some of which are really personal, that's all out there to be hacked and if it is so movable it is more vulnerable.
So the real question is: Is one really willing to take the risk of what Microsoft plans to force one into? One can remember back to X Box One preview, when Microsoft wanted to make games unplayable on more than one system and make it so one could not share a disc with a friend to let them play the game and under immense public pressure changed the plans in the final days.
To make a long story short Microsoft is not giving Windows 10 away for free, there is a hidden huge price tag somewhere because Microsoft does not even provide service for it's products for free. Are you willing to risk it all?

722.1.2015 12:55

Windows 10 requirements suppose to be like Windows 7, but it was sluggish as hell on my laptop which run Windows 7 fine, i don't understand.

822.1.2015 18:47

I always leave the machine with the OS is coming with. And all of then work just perfect.
If I want to upgrade: Yes I do it, but from the Home-Edition to the Pro, Ultimate, etc. and from SP1 to SP2 to SP3, etc.

Any questions !?

P.S.
I bet that many programs, apps, etc. that work with W-7, etc. will not gonna work with W-10.

Also:
Leaving behind W-9 like it never exist:
It say a lot about "The" M$ Greedy-Bastards.

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922.1.2015 19:07

i just got to say i been apart of the insider program testing windows 10 enterprise build and i have to say i like it better then 7 and i hated 8 i never used it much i uninstalled it and used 7 but no more will i got back to 7 only just for the free upgrade when windows 10 comes out.

if you wont to be apart of the insider program go here there is 1.6 m testers leaving feed back and helping out
https://insider.windows.com/

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1023.1.2015 15:49

W-10 adding Cortana (Personal Assistance).

Q1:
How in the hell gonna help Hackers or Pirates, not to mention Terrorist to be more Pro-Active and get their "job's" done more efficiently:
When Microsoft block almost anything in order to keep people under control and suck them dry. (Crapple Style)
Not to mention that they work directly with the Govt. and other Corps. to run the show as a mafia !?


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1123.1.2015 17:57

Originally posted by LM2008:
Windows 10 requirements suppose to be like Windows 7, but it was sluggish as hell on my laptop which run Windows 7 fine, i don't understand.
Simple answer. You're running a technical preview. That is not optimized final-release product. That is why it doesn't run as well as Windows 7 does on the same hardware. Hope that helps.

1223.1.2015 18:10

I understand MS vision on this. I have understood it since Win 8.0 was released. I was afraid they would back off and compromise the vision when 8.1 didn't fix everything that was lacking. I'm so glad to see that is not the case. Mark my words, this will bring everything together in ways many of us have not imagined. The XBOX integration is more ambitious than I would have expected from MS right now. Spartan has the potential to be a game-changer too.
I'm totally on board with this. So glad they decided to give away Windows 10 for free. Another good move. This will speed adoption.

1324.1.2015 0:01

Give up already and make a encrypted Xbox 1-3 emulator running on DX12/windows 10 that can play my discs and I might buy the damn thing if not I can avoid it until the community removes all the DRM from the OS.


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1424.1.2015 11:36

Originally posted by Mrguss:

Leaving behind W-9 like it never exist:
It say a lot about "The" M$ Greedy-Bastards.
They're giving up the initial revenues selling the new OS would have brought (at whatever price it was sold for).
How the hell is that being a "greedy bastard"?!

It's simply a move to encourage many more to shift to the new OS.
It makes sense in so many ways.

Of course they hope this will make for a more profitable environment with the other products they sell & make it easier for other devs to sell within that market (bringing MS further profits).

Quite how come MS get singled out & slammed for this I can't really work out, for the first year it's going to be available completely for free, how many others are doing this with such a major release?

Wow the hate must run deep.
Rather silly in our capitalist environment


1524.1.2015 15:46

I don't think switching from W-7 or W-8 to W-10 is a good idea.

The way I see it is:
New OS'es are build around the new hardware, of the new machines, to function correctly. Not the other way around.

Now, let say:
in stead to jump to quick into W-10; some people do not gonna like it and want to switch back to their old OS.
It's M$ going to give them that option in stead to re-format the whole machine !?

On the another hand:
Other ppl. gonna love W-10 after most of the bugs, etc, are cleaning it up. (6 to 12 months after the release).
Buying a new PC with W-10 it make more sense for those "Patience" people that always wait to see what's going on, as time goes bye.

Just saying.

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161.2.2015 9:18

Originally posted by Mrguss:
I always leave the machine with the OS is coming with. And all of then work just perfect.
If I want to upgrade: Yes I do it, but from the Home-Edition to the Pro, Ultimate, etc. and from SP1 to SP2 to SP3, etc.

Any questions !?

P.S.
I bet that many programs, apps, etc. that work with W-7, etc. will not gonna work with W-10.

Also:
Leaving behind W-9 like it never exist:
It say a lot about "The" M$ Greedy-Bastards.
I upgraded my Windows 7 box to the Windows 10 Technical Preview version and it was my smoothest upgrade that I have ever witnessed. I didn't have to do a thing other than telling it to install.

Since Windows 7 really doesn't have a modern graphical interface like Windows 8 I too was interested in how compatible the Windows 7 programs would be in Windows 10. So far every program that I have on my system works without any issues with Windows 10.

I am always leery of a Software giant like Microsoft offering something for free. I assume that it will be a software download version only that has to recognize a registered software license at Microsoft before it will install. Then one has to question if they can return to their old version if they don't like Windows 10. I was able to easily return from the Technical Preview version to Windows 7.

I also wonder if this isn't the first step (getting everyone on version 10) so that they can then implement a subscription version of the operating system where you pay an annual renewal fee. I guess time will tell.
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171.2.2015 15:35

The way I was thinking is to create a 2nd. partition (Dual-Booting) and run W-10 on the side of W-7
So at any time I just erase W-10 if I find issues with it and if I like it.
Just buy another machine by x-mas (Bugs Cleaning time) and erase W-10 by then.

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1816.2.2015 16:55

Hmmm, are they going to supply a link to download ISO's? Or is it going to install like the new Office programs? Just a link and it installs automatically. If I want to reinstall Win10 I don't want to have to first reinstall Win 7 and then upgrade again.

i can't wait for this honestly. I've totally put off Win8 and Win 7 is getting long in the tooth.

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