Windows 10: What Awaits Us!

Ever since Microsoft had announced the new Windows 10 OS, the tech community has been speculating about what to expect from the new OS. Starting from a new web browser to universal apps, speculation has been rife about the features the new OS will boast. Fianlly, yesterday, Microsoft held the Windows 10: The Next Chapter event to discuss what Windows 10 will have in store for us and revealed quite a lot of interesting features. Here’s a quick look at the new things that Windows 10 will be bringing to us.

Free Upgrade

Microsoft has announced that the new OS will be provided as a free upgrade to existing users of Windows 7 to 8.1. The new OS will feature an updated Action Button with a notification bar on the right side of the desktop. The task bar will be more streamlined to enhance efficiency, with an option to display the start menu on the entire screen.

Universal Apps

Microsoft had promised full compatibility across multiple devices and keeping this in mind, has redesigned the apps so that they can be used in sync across PCs, Tablets, phones and so on. Apps such as Outlook, Calendar, People and Music Player all can be synced to provide a more fluid multi-device usage experience. Some of these newly designed features include:

  • Microsoft People will now let you store all your contact info in one place
  • Calendar now comes with pinch zoom
  • Photos and Music will now be stored directly on to Microsoft’s One Drive- its very own cloud storage. Photo albums will now be created automatically based on certain factors such as time, location etc and duplicate photos will also be removed by the system itself.
  • Microsoft Outlook will have ‘Swipe Gesture’ feature to archive or delete emails.

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Windows 10 Mobile

To enhance the universal usage experience, Microsoft showed of the Windows 10 fro tablets and smartphones. New design features include the ability to sync Action Center with PC, integration of Skype with messaging, wireless printing, Miracast etc. Files can now also be freely transferred between PC, tablet and phone.

Microsoft Spartan and Cortana- your new personal digital assistant

Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer has seen years of abuse from users due to its poor performance compared with the other browsers in the market. So, instead of revamping it, Microsoft decided to abandon it altogether and announced the new Spartan browser. The new browser will incorporate support for PDF files, reading files off line, annotations directly on the web page and so on.

Cortana, the new digital assistant from Microsoft, will also be integrated into Spartan. For example, if you are looking for the weather forecast, all you need to do is type in weather and Cortana will show you the temperature and other details. Other features for Cortana include taking dictations for emails, searching for apps and so on. It can also pick up on languages and perform impressions- like Yoda, speak it can!

Microsoft Surface Hub

At the event, Microsoft displayed the Surface Hub, which is essentially a huge tablet with a 4K display that lets you show presentations, write on it like it is a whiteboard, make Skype calls and all of it will be powered by Windows 10.

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XBox app for Windows 10

Microsoft also announced a new XBox app for Windows 10. This will let gamers videotape their gameplay and share it online. Gamers can also voice and text chat with their friends using XBox Live from their PCs. Microsoft also introduced DirectX 12- a technology that, according to its claims, can reduce battery consumption by up to 50% and also boost graphics performance. Another interesting feature is that users will soon be able to stream XBox games directly on to their PC or tablets. However, this service will be available much later this year.

Windows Holographic + HoloLens

We’ve saved the most interesting announcement for the last. Microsoft announced Windows Holographic- an application program interface that incorporates augmented reality into the Windows 10 structure. This will let app developers create and add holograms to their products which can then be viewed by using Microsoft’s special goggles- the HoloLens. This can understand and react to user’s gestures, voice commands and the spatial dimension around the user. Users can also create their own holograms and 3D objects that can be printed through HoloStudio. All this means that the things that they used to show in the sci-fi movies of old are about to become reality!

Judging by the announcements, the Windows 10 is going to be spectacular. So let’s wait and see if Microsoft can deliver on all that it promises!