Thursday, January 22nd 2015

Windows 10: A New Generation of Windows

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled a new generation of Windows, 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. Windows 10 will 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 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year.

"Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era in the mobile-first, cloud-first world," said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. "Our ambition is for the 1.5 billion people who are using Windows today to fall in love with Windows 10 and for billions more to decide to make Windows home."

Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era, where technology disappears and people are at the center. 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. 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.

On Wednesday, 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 tablets to help people get things done.2 Cortana is a 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" puts the Web to work, for you. 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, it will 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 experience for 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 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.

Additional Windows 10 features and innovations shared today include the following:
  • Continuum mode. On 2-in-1 devices, Windows 10 will move easily between keyboard and mouse and touch and tablet as it detects the transition and conveniently switches to the new mode.
  • New universal apps. Windows 10 will offer new experience applications, consistent across the device continuum, for Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging and Mail & Calendar. These built-in apps have an updated design that looks and feels the same from app to app and device to device. Content is stored and synced through OneDrive, enabling people to start something on one device and continue it on another.
"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," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. "The new generation of Windows is a commitment - a commitment to liberate people from complex technology and enable them to do great things."

Windows 10: Powering innovation, inspiring new computing platforms
Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using - from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets - and what they're doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience. Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices - from the tiniest of sensors as part of the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some devices have 4-inch screens, some have 80-inch screens and some don't have screens at all. On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled two devices that will empower customers to experience Windows in incredible new ways.

Windows 10 unlocks holographic future with Microsoft HoloLens
Microsoft shared a revolutionary example of how Windows 10 enables a shift from the traditional machine-centric view of computing to an interaction that is much more personal and humanistic. As the world's first holographic computing platform, Windows 10 includes a set of APIs that enable developers to create holographic experiences in the real world. With Windows 10, holograms are Windows universal apps, and all Windows universal apps can also work as holograms - making it possible to place three-dimensional holograms in the physical world and enabling new ways to communicate, create and explore that are more personal and human.

To showcase the possibilities of holograms in Windows 10, Microsoft unveiled the most advanced holographic computer in the world. Microsoft HoloLens is the first untethered holographic computer - no wires, phones or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens features see-through holographic high-definition lenses and spatial sound so you can view and hear holograms in the world around you. Complete with advanced sensors, a next-generation system on a chip and the addition of a completely new Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that understands what you are doing and the world around you, Microsoft HoloLens is able to run without any wires while processing terabytes of data from the sensors in real time.

By placing three-dimensional holograms in the world around you, Microsoft HoloLens provides a new view into your reality that can tell what you are looking at and understand what you are saying with your hands and voice. By putting you at the center of the computing experience, Microsoft HoloLens allows you to create, access information, enjoy entertainment and communicate in new and exciting ways.

New Microsoft Surface Hub optimizes Windows 10 experience for groups
Windows 10 is powering a new large-screen device to help teams in the workplace share, ideate and create together. Hardware innovations in multi-touch and digital inking, along with built-in cameras, sensors and microphones, allow the Surface Hub to take advantage of Windows 10, Skype for Business and Office 365 to deliver a new experience designed to make every person - whether remote or onsite - feel as if they're in the same collaborative space. Specifically, the Surface Hub features state-of-the-art digital white boarding; instant remote conferencing; the ability for multiple people to share and edit content on the screen from a laptop, tablet or phone; and a trusted platform for large-screen apps. Available in two sizes - 55-inch and 84-inch - the Surface Hub removes the current limitations of traditional conference room scenarios to empower teams to create their best work together.

The next Technical Preview for Windows 10 on the PC will be available for free to Windows Insiders in the next week and for the first time on phones later in February.
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32 Comments on Windows 10: A New Generation of Windows

#1
R-T-B
Windows 10 will be delivered as a service
A service? As in like a subscription?
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#2
Breit
Microsoft HoloLens is able to run without any wires while processing terabytes of data from the sensors in real time.
Whatever that's supposed to mean... o_O
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#3
Eviling
Breit
Whatever that's supposed to mean... o_O
Usually means you wear something big and bulky with short battery life :/
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#4
Naito
Windows 10 for PC is fine, but I'm more keen to hear about Windows (Phone) 10. As content with the features of WinPho 8.1 I am, I still can't help but feel it is getting stale and the feature set is falling behind further. MS need to react quick, or they'll lose the faithful and fail to capture any new market share by bringing in new customers.
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#5
TheDeeGee
I hope it has an Aero Theme, and not this cheap Win 8 look.
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#6
P4-630
A year after you have it, M$ says: We recommend Windows 11 :D:nutkick:
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#7
AsRock
TPU addict
R-T-B
A service? As in like a subscription?
Yes that word keeps leaving a bad taste in my mouth, i have not heard any thing about what if you don't like it can you go back to your previous OS.
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#9
Static~Charge
AsRock
what if you don't like it can you go back to your previous OS.
The smart thing to do is save a disk image of your current Windows setup before upgrading to 10. If you don't like the new release, just wipe your drive and restore the disk image. Problem solved.
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#10
R-T-B
Static~Charge
The smart thing to do is save a disk image of your current Windows setup before upgrading to 10. If you don't like the new release, just wipe your drive and restore the disk image. Problem solved.
Unless of course, you "convert" your Win7/8.1 license to a 10 one, and microsoft's Windows Activation servers say your install is suddenly not activated. They did this with the XP-64bit free license conversion.
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#11
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Naito
Windows 10 for PC is fine, but I'm more keen to hear about Windows (Phone) 10. As content with the features of WinPho 8.1 I am, I still can't help but feel it is getting stale and the feature set is falling behind further. MS need to react quick, or they'll lose the faithful and fail to capture any new market share by bringing in new customers.
They haven't forgotten it. MS announced several months ago that our "beta test" of Cortana for W10 is much appreciated, and WindowsPhone 8.1 will upgrade for free to Windows Phone 10, without needing to get a new phone, in much the same way we upgraded last year from 8 to 8.1 on the phone.
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#12
DeadmanFatboy
rtwjunkie
They haven't forgotten it. MS announced several months ago that our "beta test" of Cortana for W10 is much appreciated, and WindowsPhone 8.1 will upgrade for free to Windows Phone 10, without needing to get a new phone, in much the same way we upgraded last year from 8 to 8.1 on the phone.
You're mistaken. There is no Windows Phone 10. Microsoft is replacing the Windows Phone line with just Windows 10. Or, in other words, Microsoft is replacing Windows Phone 8.1 with the same Windows 10 that they are replacing Windows 8.1.1 with.
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#13
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
DeadmanFatboy
You're mistaken. There is no Windows Phone 10. Microsoft is replacing the Windows Phone line with just Windows 10. Or, in other words, Microsoft is replacing Windows Phone 8.1 with the same Windows 10 that they are replacing Windows 8.1.1 with.
Actually, there is. It was actually a MS spokesperson I believe. Now I'm going to have to try to dig it up. Windows cannot and will not operate on current hardware phones in its full-blown form. Add to that, MS said Windows Phone 8.1 hardware would be just fine. That tells me, altogether, that the new WindowsPhone version will not be any more hardware-intensive than now. Just try putting a full-blown OS in the phone, and see what happens.

And welcome to TPU, btw! :lovetpu:

EDIT: found one article so far: Official name is Windows 10 For Phones. (WindowsPhone.com has more info as well). Still not the same OS as the PC is getting. It's a version. So, as the article implies, Same stuff we have now, different name. www.pcworld.com/article/2873558/windows-10-for-phones-a-change-in-name-but-not-in-core-features.html#tk.rss_all

So, basically, you get an OS optimized to run on phone hardware. Thus, it is not the "same" Windows 10.
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#14
DeadmanFatboy
rtwjunkie
Actually, there is. It was actually a MS spokesperson I believe. Now I'm going to have to try to dig it up. Windows cannot and will not operate on current hardware phones in its full-blown form. Add to that, MS said Windows Phone 8.1 hardware would be just fine. That tells me, altogether, that the new WindowsPhone version will not be any more hardware-intensive than now. Just try putting a full-blown OS in the phone, and see what happens.

And welcome to TPU, btw! :lovetpu:

EDIT: found one article so far: Official name is Windows 10 For Phones. (WindowsPhone.com has more info as well). Still not the same OS as the PC is getting. It's a version. So, as the article implies, Same stuff we have now, different name. www.pcworld.com/article/2873558/windows-10-for-phones-a-change-in-name-but-not-in-core-features.html#tk.rss_all

So, basically, you get an OS optimized to run on phone hardware. Thus, it is not the "same" Windows 10.
Thanks, friend.

I guess I was mistaken. I assumed that they just use the same OS, albeit a bit cutdown for storage reasons, with Continuum to pick up the differences.
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#15
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
DeadmanFatboy
Thanks, friend.

I guess I was mistaken. I assumed that they just use the same OS, albeit a bit cutdown for storage reasons, with Continuum to pick up the differences.
Hey, no problem. They are trying to standardize alot of the features so that a user will "see" the same thing whether on phone tablet or PC, so you have got a good point. they are trying to be more like Apple everyday, I think!
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#16
Fierce Guppy
Uplink10
"Intel Skylake Removes Support for USB <2.0 based Windows 7 Installation" - seems like people will have no choice but to switch to Windows 10 or 8

Source: wccftech.com/intel-skylake-remove-support-usb-based-windows-7-installation-platform-specs/

Will you be able to activate Windows 10 with Windows 7 license code or will you have to first install Windows 7 and then upgrade to Windows 10?

I'm 99% sure it's the latter, just like the move from Win 7 to Win 8. It's only needed to be done once and then Windows 10 can be clean installed anytime after.
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#17
night.fox
best thing to do is try out windows 10 using Hyper-V, virtualbox, vmware or any. Then if you like it, then get free upgrade.

Ive tried the technical preview and I kinda like it. Its a tweaked win 8.1 with of course more bling bling and such
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#18
Wshlist
So MS continues making big mistakes, this time thinking the world will embrace 'the cloud' in a big way.

Now not only is every person freaked by the stories of cloud leaks but the when talking about a billion and a half people you can be sure the vast majority will have internet speeds completely unsuitable for 'the cloud' except for storing e-mail, which they already do so that's not part of that windows10 cloud thing.

Then there is the group of informed people who bloody well know they don't want all their private data be reviewed by the goddamn governments.

And talking of which' they call that cloud stuff 'more personal'? Are they trolling us now?

Second mistake: thinking that people will want to talk to their PC. They won't.

But I guess MS gets their cheque from the NSA anyway for at least trying.
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#19
Hood
Windows 10 is nothing new. Under the hood it's Windows 8.1, and the only changes all involve getting back to the Desktop of Win7, and being able to run "Apps" in less than full screen, in other words more like Windows 7. The only performance upgrade is the inclusion of DX12, and then only if your games use the new API.
They forgot the most important option, the check box to select "I am not a retarded pre-schooler so I have no desire to ever use the Fisher-Price inspired "Modern UI" - this is not a phone or tablet and has no ridiculous touch screen, I am an adult with a Desktop PC who can type and use a mouse. Please DO NOT install the Windows Store or any other elements of the "Modern UI"
An option like that would guarantee instant acceptance of Windows 10, allowing Desktop users with enthusiast hardware to enjoy not having all that useless crap shoved down their throats, hogging resources for no reason. Too bad it'll never happen, they're trying too hard to be like Apple.
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#20
xfia
i dont ever wanna talk to my pc or live in a holographic world.. firemen already cut out enough doors.. the real world:rockout:
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#21
micropage7
i still like the concept where you can install it minimal, with no cloud, no cortana, no too much add on and services
sometimes the OS itself is fine but all the add ons ruin the OS
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#22
Naito
Wshlist
But I guess MS gets their cheque from the NSA anyway for at least trying.
Who sets most of the authentication standards regardless of manufacturer? The NSA. Surely they wouldn't release to public a cryptographic protocol they can't already crack to some degree... oh wait... never mind, I had just forgotten to take off my tin foil hat...
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#23
haswrong
users privacy isnt of any cocnern to M$. in the EULA they will simply state that they protect all data except when law dictates to share it with someone and on that pretext theyre going to share all of it..
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#24
Arctucas
'mobile-first, cloud-first world'...

A non-starter for me. Long live Windows 7!
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#25
ManofGod
I am really looking forward to what they will bring when it is finished :D Although I am concerned about the missing start screen, I will wait and see what the final product looks like. No need to complain when it is free and things can be turned off. Thank you for the information.
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