The Chief Executive of Microsoft Satya Nadella, has said with optimism that the unveiling of Windows 10 has herald beginning of the more personal computing era in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.
The solution, a new generation of Windows comes with a wide range of experiences designed to usher in a new era of more personal computing, as well as two new devices designed to extend the Windows experience from large screens to no screens.
Speaking during the launch on Wednesday, the Microsoft CEO further said that, “Our ambition is for the 1.5 billion people who are using Windows today to fall in love with Window 10 and for billions more to decide to make Windows home.”
For Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft., “Everything about Windows 10 the experiences, delivering it as a service and the free upgrade means that Windows 10 isn’t just another product, it’s an ongoing relationship one that will give ongoing value to all our customers.
“The new generation of Windows is a commitment to liberate people from complex technology and enable them to do great things.”
According to the software giant, Windows 10 would be delivered as a service to offer a safer, innovative and updated experience for the supported lifetime of the device.
A free upgrade1 for Windows 10, Microsoft said would be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year.
Windows 10: Making computing more personal
Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era, where technology disappears and people are at the center.
One thing is clear. In this era, the mobility of the experience matters, not the mobility of the device, and experiences should work in a seamless, familiar way across devices.
With the solution, people should be able to naturally interact with technology as they interact with other people with voice, gestures and gaze. Protecting privacy plays a pivotal role in delivering trustworthy experiences that put people in control of their experience.
During the launch, Microsoft showcased a variety of new experiences coming to Windows 10, including the following:
Cortana comes to PC and tablet.
The Cortana personal digital assistant, which debuted on Windows Phone last year,will now also be available on Windows 10 PCs and tabletsto help people get things done.2 Cortana is personal helper who learns an individual’s preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information and important reminders, bringing what matters most to their attention. Interaction is natural and easy via talking or typing, with advanced features to control Cortana for more trustworthiness and transparency.
New browser “Project Spartan”
Windows 10 will feature the new Microsoft browser, code-named “Project Spartan,” which was built with interoperability in mind.
With key features built-in natively to the browser, itwill enable greater reliability and better discoverability.
Some of the most advanced features in the browser include the ability to annotate whether by keyboard or pen directly on the webpage and easily share with friends; a reading view that is distraction-free, displaying the article in a simplified layout for a great reading experiencefor Web articles online and offline; and the integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster. All of this is offered with a new look and feel built just for Windows 10.
Xbox Live and the new Xbox app
This app bring new gaming experiences to Windows 10. Xbox on Windows 10 lets gamers and developers access the best of the expansive Xbox Live gaming network on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. Players can capture, edit and share their greatest gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices, connecting millions of gamers around the world. Games developed for the new DirectX 12 application programming interface in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability.
Players will also be able to play games on their PC, streamed directly from their Xbox One consoles to their Windows 10 tablets or PCs, within their home.
Office for Windows 10.
Office universal apps on Windows 10 deliver a touch-first experience across devices. New versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook are designed from the ground up to run on Windows, built for touch, and offer the unmistakable Office experience customers know and love. With the familiar features for Office, people can create and edit Word documents with ease.
New inking features in PowerPoint let people annotate slides in real-time, and the new touch-first controls in Excel make it easy to create and update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. The next version of the Office desktop suite is also currently in development and Microsoft will have more to share in the coming months.