Microsoft Reveals More Windows 10 Details

Microsoft Reveals More Windows 10 Details

The IT world has been anxiously awaiting Microsoft’s release of Windows 10. The operating system was publicly demonstrated last October and the full version is expected to arrive in April. During a special event held at the company’s headquarters yesterday, the software giant revealed more of the features. Among them are Cortana support across the entire line of devices along with a new web browser codenamed Spartan.

The next desktop preview will be available next week with the first phone-based version arriving in February. The also revealed some of the upgrade details. Following in Apple’s footsteps, Microsoft will provide free upgrades to existing Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 users. However, this upgrade model will only last for a year and the pricing structure beyond that point has not yet been finalized. Microsoft also released a new developer framework called Windows Universal. This allows software companies to seamlessly create apps that will work on all Windows-based devices ranging from smartphones to workstations.

In addition to all the Windows 10 details, Microsoft also announced two new products. The first is a larger version of the Surface tablet called the Surface Hub (shown above). It features a massive 84″ screen. Yes, you read that correctly, 84 inches. It is intended to be used primarily for video conferencing, but has other applications as well. The second product is called Windows HoloLens. It is a virtual reality 3-D headset similar to the Oculus VR. The HoloLens works with any app that is compatible with the Windows Universal framework. Microsoft is hoping this will give developers a whole new interface for their existing apps. Needless to say, yesterday was a big day for Windows fans.

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