Windows 10: Set To Move Windows From Being ‘Needed’ To Being ‘Chosen And Loved.’
Experts say that Microsoft’s track record for the last ten years has been occasioned by various missed opportunities and occasional brilliance. But one is for sure, sometime within those ten years, the future slipped right out of Microsoft’s hands and into the hands of Google with its Android platform and Apple with its iOS platform.
The reason why experts say the future seems to be in the hands of Google (well, more of Google, a little of Apple but certainly slipping away further from Microsoft), is because nowadays people are big on mobile device than they are on conventional desktop computers and laptops. Somewhere along the line, Microsoft woke up and smelt the coffee and realized it needed to get on the mobile bandwagon; if it’s to remain relevant. This is when the company showed us its occasional brilliance with Windows 8, meant to run on conventional desktop computers and laptops, new touch-enable desktop computers and laptops and mobile devices.
Not long after the launch of Windows 8, it emerged Microsoft shot itself in the foot; Windows 8 was crippled with various bugs. But users can be forgiving on that one, I mean even Apple’s iOS 8 had issues. So Microsoft soon launched the Windows 8.1, but then skepticism were already running high, and people used to Windows 7 found Windows 8 complicated to use thus most people never really warmed up to Windows 8. Up to now, Windows 7 remains the most popular OS from Microsoft.
Its ambition to conquer the mobile platform was thwarted by lack of enthusiasm by apps and software developers who concentrated more on developing for its rivals than for the Windows mobile platform. So at the end of September, 2014, Microsoft unveiled yet another OS said to be the hybrid of Windows 7 and Windows 8, dubbed, Windows 10 Preview. It is said about 1.7 million developers signed up to ‘test drive’ the new Windows and by now it runs on over 3 million devices around the world. Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, says that users who downloaded the Windows 10 Preview have so far given over 800,000 pieces of feedback touching on over 200,000 topics.
Myerson said, “Our team is embracing this feedback and leaning into this open development process.”
Hoping Microsoft has worked on the Windows 10 Preview and has fine-tuned each and every aspect of the new Windows 10. We now take a look at the new features unveiled yesterday by Microsoft on the new Windows 10:
Cortana – She’s alive in Window 10 PC
Cortana, with her robotic-sounds, she is expected to win over users from Siri and Google Now. Microsoft’s digital assistant will be alive, listening, learning and serving you with the information she believes will be useful to you. You can summon her by your voice; Hey Cortana, will it rain today? Microsoft says, the more you engage with Cortana, the smarter she’ll become, but you can also edit the types of information she is privileged to know about you.
We featured the Spartan browser back in Jan. 1st. It is believed to be Microsoft new weapon against the two browsers; Google’s Chrome and Mozilla Firefox currently dominating the browsers playing field. It is said, Cortana will give you a hand while you’re on the Spartan browser; when you right-click an item on the web page, and you ask her for more information. She might also just pop up out of the blue and tell you more information about the company whose website you are browsing.
The browser is also said to feature a new streamlined user interface that fits perfectly with the new landscape design of Windows 10. This will enable the browser to put more focus on the webpage’s content. The browser also allows you to draw and write notes on a website if you are using a touchscreen or you can type using a keyboard. You can then later on share this or save it on programs like OneNote. Microsoft also has improved your reading experience while on the Spartan browser with features like reading mode and built-in PFD files support.
This is where Microsoft took it to a whole new level. Google and Apple need to come up with something equally outrageous to top this one. Windows Holographic is a hologram based virtual reality that gives users an experience “beyond screens, beyond pixels and beyond today’s digital borders.”
Users having Microsoft HoloLens will now be able to not only see, but also interact with items in a futuristic and almost sci-fi manner. Something you only expect to see in movies. From the hologram, you will watch Netflix movies and even model of your work projects. Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) came on board to show users how Holographic was used in Mars rover projects.
Microsoft solicited the help of the developers of Oculus VR, Google Glass, and Leap to come on board in the creation of Windows Holographic. It is said that all Windows universal apps will be able to work with the Windows Holographic. The HoloLens headgear is fitted with see-through holographic lenses, sound, advanced sensors and built-in high-end CPU and GPU. Microsoft said, it also fitted a third processor tailored better to understand gestures and voice and “can spatially map the entire world around us.” The headset will operate without wire connections or need to be connected to a phone or a PC.
Other Windows 10 features are as listed below. Courtesy of Ibnlive.in.com:
Windows 10 upgrade is free for all Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users. For details click here.