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The next generation of Windows: Windows 10


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Today I had the honor of sharing new information about Windows 10, the new generation of Windows.
Our team shared more Windows 10 experiences and how Windows 10 will inspire new scenarios across the broadest range of devices, from big screens to small screens to no screens at all. You can catch the video on-demand presentation here.

Windows 10 is the first step to an era of more personal computing. This vision framed our work on Windows 10, where we are moving Windows from its heritage of enabling a single device – the PC – to a world that is more mobile, natural and grounded in trust. We believe your experiences should be mobile – not just your devices. Technology should be out of the way and your apps, services and content should move with you across devices, seamlessly and easily. In our connected and transparent world, we know that people care deeply about privacy – and so do we. That’s why everything we do puts you in control – because you are our customer, not our product. We also believe that interacting with technology should be as natural as interacting with people – using voice, pen, gestures and even gaze for the right interaction, in the right way, at the right time. These concepts led our development and you saw them come to life today.

Delivering Windows as a Service and a Free Upgrade to Windows 10

Today was a monumental day for us on the Windows team because we shared our desire to redefine the relationship we have with you – our customers. We announced that a free upgrade 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 after launch.*

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge. With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time. We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.
And just like any Internet service, the idea of asking “What version are you on?” will cease to make sense – which is great news for our Windows developers. With universal Windows apps that work across the entire device family, developers can build one app that targets the broadest range of devices – including the PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, the Internet of Things, and more.

For our enterprise customers, we’ll continue to support the way many of them work today, with long-term servicing for their mission critical environments. With Windows 10, a best practice we recommend for many enterprise devices is to connect to Windows Update and be kept up-to-date with the latest security and productivity improvements as soon as they are available. You can learn more about our commitment to enterprises here, with much more to come in the following months.

Everything about Windows 10 – the experiences, delivering it as a service and the free upgrade – means ongoing value to all our customers. The new generation of Windows is a commitment—a commitment to liberate people from technology and enable them to do great things.

New Windows 10 Experiences

[video=youtube;teoZk3QEc40]https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421828030&x-yt-cl=84411374&v=teoZk3QEc40[/video]

Together with our Windows Insiders, we’re well way on our way to making Windows 10 the largest-ever open collaborative development effort Microsoft has ever shipped. Since we launched the Windows Insider Program in September, we’ve been joined by 1.7 million Windows Insiders, who have delivered over 800,000 pieces of feedback. We are truly co-creating the future of Windows with you and we’re humbled by your valuable role in this new open development process.

Today, we shared new details on the experience coming to Windows 10, including:

Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, comes to PC and tablet, for the first time with Windows 10.
Cortana learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information, and important reminders. Interaction is natural and easy via talking or typing, with advanced features to control Cortana for more trustworthiness and transparency.

Windows 10 for phones and tablets – Windows 10 for phones and small tablets features a fast, fluid and familiar experience that seamlessly interacts with your PC.

A new web experience for Windows 10 – Code-named “Project Spartan,” the next generation browser was built with greater interoperability, reliability and discoverability, with a new look and feel built just for Windows 10. Advanced features include the ability to annotate 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.

Office universal apps on Windows 10 offer a consistent, touch-first experience across phone, tablet and PC with new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Designed from the ground up to run on Windows, you can easily create and edit Word documents, annotate slides in real-time with new inking features or easily present PowerPoint presentations, and with new touch-first controls in Excel you can create or update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. The next version of the Office desktop suite is also currently in development, more on this in the coming months.

New universal applications will ship with Windows 10, offering innovative 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 look and feel the same from app to app and device to device. Content is stored and synced through OneDrive, enabling you to start something on one device and continue it on another.

Xbox Live and the new Xbox App bring new game experiences to Windows 10. Xbox on Windows 10 lets gamers 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. Games developed for DirectX 12 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. Read more on Xbox Wire.



Continuum Mode:
On 2in1 devices, Windows 10 will move easily between keyboard/mouse and touch/tablet as it detects the transition and conveniently switches to the new mode.

These are just a few of the great experiences showcased today.
New Windows 10 Devices



But it’s not enough to deliver great software experiences. Windows 10 supports the broadest device family ever – from PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s to phones to Xbox and the Internet of Things. And today, we welcomed two new devices to the Windows 10 family: Microsoft Surface Hub and Microsoft HoloLens.

Windows 10 Showcases Holographic Future with Microsoft HoloLens
It was a special moment this morning when we were able to share that Windows 10 is the world’s first holographic computing platform – complete with a set of APIs that enable developers to create holographic experiences in the real world. With Windows 10, holograms are Windows universal apps and Windows universal apps can work as holograms, making it possible to place three-dimensional holograms in the world around you to communicate, create and explore in a manner that is far more personal and human.



Showcasing the possibilities of holograms in Windows 10, Microsoft HoloLens is the world’s first untethered holographic computer – no wires, phones or connection to a PC needed. Microsoft HoloLens allows you to view holograms in high definition and hear them in surround sound, even if they are behind you. And with advanced sensors, Microsoft HoloLens can see what you are looking at and understand what you are communicating with your hands and voice. By putting you at the center of the Windows 10 computing experience, Microsoft HoloLens allows you to create, access information, enjoy entertainment, and communicate in new and exciting ways.

Microsoft Surface Hub Unlocks the Power of Group Computing
From no screen to 84”, with Microsoft Surface Hub we introduced a new large screen device designed for the way teams in the workplace naturally interact and come together. Custom versions of Skype for Business and OneNote are integrated into the Windows 10 shell to take full advantage of the built in cameras, sensors and mics, as well as the new screen that was built from the ground up for ink and touch. 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 any device, and a trusted platform for large-screen apps. Available in two sizes – 55” and 84” – the Surface Hub removes the current limitations of traditional conference room scenarios to empower teams to create their best work together.

In Closing

Windows 10 will forge a new relationship between us and our customers – consumers, developers and enterprises. Today was an important next chapter of our Windows 10 story, but there is much more to come. Thank you for joining us on this journey. We’ll deliver the next chapters over the coming months at Game Developers Conference, WinHEC, Mobile World Congress and Build.

A special thank-you to our Windows Insiders – we couldn’t build Windows 10 without you. In the next week, we will release the latest build for Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Technical Preview on PCs and expand availability to 25 more languages. And later in February, we’ll release our first technical preview for phones.

To learn more about Windows 10 and these exciting new devices, sign up for more information about the free upgrade, or to join the Windows Insider Program, please click here.
– Terry
Source: Microsoft - The next generation of Windows: Windows 10

See also:
http://www.tenforums.com/general-di...t-chapter-21st-jan-live-event-discussion.html
 

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Thank you for posting this Brink. I just got home from work, and wondered what I missed. Free upgrades for 7 and 8.1, great, I can upgrade my win 7 laptop too. Even if I don't "need" all the new gimmicks and doodads I'll still upgrade and recommend upgrading because of one word: SECURITY.
 

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TY Microsoft for moving the hacker base away from Win 7 and 8.x soon... Though Win 8 is too similar to 10 in code for me to award the same praise...
 

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One word... Hologram

Eat your heart out apple
 

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Is Windows 10 going to charge a yearly subscription fee ? Also will the upgrade be in the Windows Store ?
 

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Is Windows 10 going to charge a yearly subscription fee ?
No, don't think so...

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge
 

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Not yet. It is more likely you will pay by subscription for everything else, the os is just the platform to enable that.
 

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Not yet. It is more likely you will pay by subscription for everything else, the os is just the platform to enable that.
What do you mean, we will pay by subscription for everything else?
 

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Three words Cortana desktop finally
 

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Not yet. It is more likely you will pay by subscription for everything else, the os is just the platform to enable that.
What do you mean, we will pay by subscription for everything else?
Office 365, Cloud Storage as a couple of examples plus whatever else is down the line that they can make a buck on. It should be noted that other software companies are jumping on the band wagon subscription route, Malwarebytes or Acronis True Image paid versions as an example. There will be others.
 

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So, we basically have to pay for everything to run Windows 10. I thought the new Windows uses Skydrive for free. I'm not getting this whole thing.
 

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So, we basically have to pay for everything to run Windows 10. I thought the new Windows uses Skydrive for free. I'm not getting this whole thing.
When I mentioned Cloud Storage I did not mean Microsoft.
You do not have to pay for everything, for now. But the way it is looking for the future it probably will be from Microsoft and 3rd party software, hopefully not.

So what I am saying is that In the future, there will be no choice, so anyone wanting the 'traditional' software will have to go subscription. If your up to it, look at this thread:http://www.eightforums.com/windows-8-news/24787-software-subscriptions-progressive-premature.html
 

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So, we basically have to pay for everything to run Windows 10. I thought the new Windows uses Skydrive for free. I'm not getting this whole thing.
You were complaining earlier about 8.1 running out in 2023. Let me give you my understanding (I may well be wrong on some details)

  • If you want Windows 10 and your hardware can support it it is free if you already have some version of Windows.
  • If you want internet you have to pay (someone) for it. I do.
  • If you use windows and have a MS account you will get (currently but it keeps changing for me) 50GB of space free with OneDrive (used to be called SkyDrive).
  • If you have already bought an earlier version of Office you can continue to use it.
  • If you want Office 365 you have to pay (perhaps the first year is free). I would personally but I can't justify it at the moment. With that you get unlimited storage.
  • If you want Netfix or something - you have to pay for it. I wouldn't bother but many do.
  • If you want a mobile phone you have to pay (someone else) for it. I would.

Then it gets into other stuff, cars, clothes food and so which you also have to pay for.

It is life - you decide what you want and then do it or don't. I think Windows 10 is great and I like OneDrive. I also run Arch on my MacBook most of the time because I enjoy it when it breaks as it gives me something to look into when I forgot to read the upgrade notes. Keeps my brain ticking over.
 

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So, we basically have to pay for everything to run Windows 10. I thought the new Windows uses Skydrive for free. I'm not getting this whole thing.
You were complaining earlier about 8.1 running out in 2023. Let me give you my understanding (I may well be wrong on some details)

  • If you want Windows 10 and your hardware can support it it is free if you already have some version of Windows.
  • If you want internet you have to pay (someone) for it. I do.
  • If you use windows and have a MS account you will get (currently but it keeps changing for me) 50GB of space free with OneDrive (used to be called SkyDrive).
  • If you have already bought an earlier version of Office you can continue to use it.
  • If you want Office 365 you have to pay (perhaps the first year is free). I would personally but I can't justify it at the moment. With that you get unlimited storage.
  • If you want Netfix or something - you have to pay for it. I wouldn't bother but many do.
  • If you want a mobile phone you have to pay (someone else) for it. I would.

Then it gets into other stuff, cars, clothes food and so which you also have to pay for.

It is life - you decide what you want and then do it or don't. I think Windows 10 is great and I like OneDrive. I also run Arch on my MacBook most of the time because I enjoy it when it breaks as it gives me something to look into when I forgot to read the upgrade notes. Keeps my brain ticking over.
Well, excuse me. But, they should offer it as a free upgrade. Otherwise, they will lose more customers. If they want them back, then they need to offer 10 as a free upgrade for 8.1.
 

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I know it is. Microsoft has already announced it. But, people keep arguing with me that it's not or that I should face reality and wish it wasn't free. I do not consider myself a fanboy. The people who are arguing with me on here do.
 

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So you think it "should be free" but you already "know it is".

No arguments with that. You were correct both times :)
 

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warning   Warning
Let's keep this discussion friendly shall we.

 

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I could be wrong but I think they are saying is that extras like Office will be paid subscriptions. But it's not clear what or if anything other than office will be a subscription service. Until Microsoft outlines things just have to wait and see I guess.
 

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I got myself up at 9:00AM Pacific Standard Time (1:00AM my time :sleepy:) to watch Microsoft's livestream, but I dozed off around an hour into the thing.

One thing I did see is that Microsoft are going to be offering the upgrades from Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 7 for free for the first year of Windows 10's release. Which means you have to take the plunge within a year of release otherwise you'll be buying the thing. Just wanted to get that out there.
 

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