Microsoft at their January 21st, Windows 10 press conference, showed off a comprehensive look at their next-gen platform as well as updating us on what else they have been up too. Below are some key areas that Microsoft presented in its consumer road map for 2015.
Deep Cortana integration: Cortana will be integrated into almost every part of Windows 10, from reading, calendar dates, and composing email. Cortana will be out in full force within the new OS, in ways that Siri could only dream about.
Spartan Web Browser: The new IE replacement was shown off and all of our previous predictions were proven right. This includes annotations, a new reader mode, Cortana integration, and the powerful new “Edge” rendering engine – which basically guts IE and makes “Spartan” a much more powerful browser than IE. Also, extensions have been confirmed.
Windows 10 will be free (kinda): Basically, Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 owners can download it for free for the first year.
Windows Phone 10: Has been shown off and will play very nice with Microsoft’s Universal App store. It will also include a somewhat new UI that has a more PC like feel to it. The Windows 10 preview for phones, also showed off a new one-handed mode and voice dictation.
Surface Hub: Basically a massive 84″ 4K screen monitor, that is a glorified telecommunication tool for the workplace. It also includes HD camera’s, a digital whiteboard for quick sharing with Skype, and of course the ability to annotate.
Microsoft’s HoloLens, Windows Holographic: Microsoft’s first foray into the world of Holograms and Augmented Reality. The HoloLens is a cross between the Oculus Rift, Google Glass, and a high-end CPU/GPU combination to create a virtual overlay with a whole mass of sensors to allow users to play games, interact with apps, and watch videos. What makes the HoloLens and the Windows Holographic platform so amazing, is its ability to be projected to any surface and interact with it. This opens up a whole world of possibilities, from 3D modeling to communication, in the form of Holograms.
XBox, PC Integration: The new Xbox app will allow users to stream Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PCC, allow cross-platform play and will also contain a whole swath of social features to help share your gaming experiences with other.
Those who want to re-watch the presentation can find it here.
(Photo: Microsoft Via PCWorld)