On January 21, our partner Microsoft shared a preview of the next chapter of Windows at an event held on their Redmond Microsoft campus. We’re excited to continue partnering closely with them, as they deliver the next version of Windows – Windows 10.
A lot of you are also excited for it, and have been asking us about availability, drivers, upgrades, etc.
While we can’t provide more details on Windows 10 beyond what Microsoft shared, we can talk about our current Windows devices such as our new multiple-award-winning XPS 13 and our recently-updated Latitude portfolio of business systems.
And, you can purchase these today without worrying about obsolescence tomorrow.
“For people with qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices, we are offering a free upgrade,” said Peter Han, vice president of Marketing, Worldwide OEM Division Microsoft Corp. “We want Windows as a service to power the next billion devices and we hope that our current and future customers love it.”
Some of the innovations and features announced yesterday that showcase how Windows 10 will empower people to do more include:
- Single Platform: Windows 10 is a single platform built to work seamlessly across all form factors including your phone, tablet or PC. This gives developers a broader app development platform as well, and enable customers to purchase an app once to use across all their devices.
- Cortana: Microsoft’s voice-activated personal digital assistant, Cortana is designed to help you to get things done more easily and efficiently and will be available not only on phone, but also PCs and tablets.
- Project Spartan: An all-new browser purpose-built to deliver a better web experience—one that’s made for easy sharing, reading, researching, and getting things done online.
- Office for Windows 10:New universal Office apps great for touch-first productivity across all devices.
- Suite of In-Box Apps: A new set of in-box applications – universal for working consistently across all Windows devices – for Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging, and Mail & Calendar.
- Upgrade: Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified, new or existing, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year following the availability of Windows 10.
Another element that makes Windows 10 interesting is how the user community has been involved in its development. We’ve found great success with such crowdsourcing through our IdeaStorm community, our Social Innovation Challenge and more.
“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,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of Operating Systems. “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.”
Myerson also announced on the Windows blog today that some of the new features demoed on Wednesday will be available for Windows Insiders starting today.
For a comprehensive overview of the Windows 10 platform and some new devices announcements made at the event, please review the following Blogging Windows blog post, Windows for your Business blog post and feel free to view the on-demand recording of the event.