All you Wanted to know about Windows 10!
Siri, Google Now, and Jarvis can start getting used to “Cortana”
Cortana speaks with a natural, conversational flow, and will bring her powerful search and reminder capabilities to Windows 10
Microsoft today lifted the veil on its upcoming Windows 10 operating system.
As expected, Microsoft made a strong push toward connecting its devices more seamlessly, part of its universal apps program. Office, Outlook, and other apps all work quite similarly across devices, and Cortana is everywhere, working as a natural-language interface and personal assistant. The big surprise, however, was Microsoft’s foray into virtual reality, with its HoloLens glasses, an ambitious bid to create a system for overlaying holographic images over the real world.
New look, old start menu :
After the sea change that was Windows 8, Microsoft is still trying to make an operating system that will work on both mobile devices and PCs. Beyond purely visual changes like reworked desktop icons, Windows 10’s start menu will now expand to a full-screen view that looks like Windows 8.1’s home screen. A new Android-style Action Center provides quick access to Wi-Fi options, Bluetooth, and other settings — and the settings menus themselves should be cleaned up and easier to use. It’s another effort to keep the best features of desktop Windows while adapting to touchscreens. A new feature called Continuum, in fact, is designed specifically for convertible devices, switching almost instantly from a mouse and keyboard to a tablet screen.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users
for the first year after Windows 10 launches, any device running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to the latest version of MIcrosoft’s OS — for free. How exactly this program will work isn’t clear just yet — it’ll certainly be subject to some hardware requirements, particularly for older machines running Windows 7. But a simplified upgrade path will likely do a lot to help Windows 10 adoption — rather than dealing with a number of different versions of Windows and different upgrade costs, most consumers will simply take this free update and enjoy running Microsoft’s latest. To be announced by Microsoft later
So no more expired support dates coming here after (hopefully) like Windows XP, Windows 7.
Microsoft’s vision for Windows as a service, not just an operating system. A big part of that is Microsoft’s new commitment to keep devices consistently updated throughout the “supported lifetime for the device.” It sounds like that means those upgrading from Microsoft’s older versions of Windows will consistently receive updates to keep it as up-to-date as possible.
Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset
The Microsoft HoloLens is a see-through visor that overlays holographic imagery over the real world.
It’s an augmented reality experience that employs a headset, much like all the VR goggles that are currently rising in popularity, but Microsoft’s solution adds holograms to the world around you. The HoloLens headset is described as “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.” It’s a self-contained computer, including a CPU, a GPU, and a dedicated holographic processor.
It’s powered by a new processor, a holographic processing unit. It’s equipped with sensors to detect the real world and gestures of the user, as well as holographic sound. It has no wires and doesn’t need to connect to phones or PCs. Holographic APIs are built into all Windows 10 devices
To start off, Microsoft has already leveraged early tester feedback to improve Windows 10. If you’re familiar with and prefer the Windows 8.1 experience, you’ll be able to take the Start Screen full screen instead of the Windows 7-style start menu we saw in September. Microsoft has also added an Action Center that provides instant access to common tasks like enabling or shutting off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings. Notifications are synced across devices, so if you dismiss something on a Windows 10 smartphone or tablet, it won’t stubbornly pop up again when you return to your PC. Speaking of settings, Microsoft has refreshed the appearance of settings menus everywhere with a much cleaner, easy-to-understand design.
Microsoft has been working on all-new, universal apps for Windows 10. First is Outlook, and the company has built in Word’s engine, which provides comprehensive styling and extra formatting capabilities no matter what device you’re checking email from.
Messaging One would be Using Skype integration.
True to Microsoft’s unified vision, notifications will sync between PC and phone, and Microsoft-owned service Skype will integrate into the messaging app. One of Windows Phone’s fatal flaws, of course, was that it didn’t work well (or at all) with other major apps like Instagram or Gmail. But with a heavier focus on universal apps, and an assurance that this isn’t just “Windows Phone” but actual Windows, it’s possible Microsoft will be in better shape this time around.
A new, Metro-style (and very sleek) Calendar app that’s consistent across PCs, tablets, and phones. And Photos will now weed out duplicates and “clutter” that can result when you’re syncing photos from every device you own. Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage has gotten much smarter about displaying a “simple view of all your photos
No more Internet Explorer – Microsoft has indeed been working hard on a new web browser, though we didn’t get an official name today. It’s still being referred to as Project Spartan
Highlighting something on a page is as simple as circling your finger around it — no Surface pen or stylus required. Using a mouse also works fine; you can click on any section of a website to type out a comment for sharing with co-workers or friends.
Microsoft’s personal assistant is everywhere in Project Spartan.
There’s a “note-taking mode” that lets you draw all over pages with a stylus or add comments with a keyboard, then save the results on OneNote. A clean “reading mode” does what you might expect: it formats a page like a book and adds a syncable reading list that’s basically “Pocket for Microsoft” or Safari’s page-saving feature.
A bigger role for OneDrive
Music, Photos for example, will sync between devices using OneDrive
Microsoft announced the Surface Hub, an 84-inch 4K screen meant for the workplace. It has cameras, speakers, mics, Bluetooth, NFC, and a touchscreen interface meant for a stylus. The idea is that you can have meetings, with members, appearing via Skype, and draw on the screen, with your work shared between everyone’s devices. It’s Microsoft’s latest iteration of the large-scale multitouch technology from Perceptive Pixel, a research company it acquired in 2012.
Gaming is getting a massive push in Windows 10. A new Xbox app enables Game DVR for sharing clips of most PC games with your friends — and they’re sent across Xbox Live, so Xbox One owners can watch as well.
Cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers will become a reality. And if PC games aren’t your thing, you’ll be able to seamlessly stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs and tablets on your Wi-Fi network “later this year.”
For those already enrolled in the preview program it’s a simple update from the Settings app, and there are ISO files available if you wish to install in a virtual machine or as a fresh copy. If you’re looking for the new Spartan browser or Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10, both features will come in future builds. As always, this is beta software so there will be bugs, but Microsoft is expecting the usual feedback to help the company tweak Windows 10 going forward.
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