The Microsoft Windows 10 event just passed and all you need to know is right here! Note that in this report, we’ll only be covering mostly the mobile side of Windows 10 and not those like the Xbox One or the PC side of it.
First off, there are many features across the board that will not be coming to anyone including developers in the next few months as Microsoft wants to be make sure everything is smooth before any release occurs. However, the Windows 10 Preview will be available to Insiders as early as next week. You will need to register as Windows Insider (link) to get your hands on the preview. In February, Microsoft will release the first build for smartphones but this too, is still at a preview stage so sit tight for the final release to come around. Not to worry, we’ll be sure to let you know when the company does release it.
Next, we all know Microsoft for forcing us to pay a certain sum (a hefty pricey sum) for a new license whenever we wanted to upgrade to the next major Windows release. However, it seems that the company is trying out something new today. It is giving PC users using Windows 7 and above the opportunity to upgrade for free!
Zooming in on how the latest release will work on smartphones – Joe Belfiore showed an hands on experience on how the platform works on a Lumia 1520. There is definitely a new look for the start screen, with new custom backgrounds. The phone settings menu has also had a total overhaul in terms of the visual aspect and on top of that, now action center notifications have support to sync with user PCs. Belfiore also emphasized that with Windows 10, users can now expect smooth transitions in terms of messaging. There should in addition, be seamless cross device connectivity which will be enhanced with the universal apps that the company has planned for. This means the apps such as Office that you use on your smartphone can and will be found on your PC as well. Hence, syncing them.
Microsoft also elaborated on the OneDrive integration that is aimed at keeping your documents and folders safe in a secured cloud. It creates albums automatically and helps enhance your images stores as well. So not only do you have easy access across the board to your files, you also have an automated system that automatically uploads and makes any image you have look its best through red eye and brightness control. In addition, the OneDrive gets rid of any duplicate and burst photos you have. It cleans up all the unwanted images and then organizes them into albums for you.
Coming to Project Spartan – this is a feature that is aimed at improving web browsing across all Windows 10 form factors. Spartan allows for collaboration between users which gives way for various users to be able to doodle over a web page simultaneously. It freezes the webpage and allows users to write comments and so on. You don’t need a stylus to work this function as well, all you need are your fingers. Also, this is connected across social networks as there is a built in sharing system especially for that purpose.
Project Spartan also features a built-in reader which takes away any distractions for a website while a user is reading so the user can be more focused. This works on any device and it allows you to read even when you’re offline. PDF files will be supported as well. In addition, Cortana will now pop up when you need it by just a touch of the address bar. The voice system will scan through a webpage you’re on and relay any useful information you need that it has detected. Sadly, Project Spartan will only be available for PC initially. Mobile such as smartphones and tablets will only see this feature later on.
Speaking of Cortana, the voice assistant is coming to your desktop! With Windows 10, Cortana will be situated in the bottom left side of your device, just within the search bar. You can easily activate the system by your voice saying, “Hey Cortana.” By doing so, pop up notifications will be displayed from Cortana. Not only that, the voice assistant can be used to browse through your folders, hard drive and OneDrive etc. And let’s say you’re sick and you’ve lost your voice for the day, not to worry! You can choose to type out commands to Cortana via the search bar!
Moving on to the next topic, Continuum. This is a feature made for computers that allows users to move around with mouse and keyboard but switch to tablet mode swiftly. If you flip your laptop into a tablet, Windows 10 will switch its layout and be prompted to move into a special tablet mode as well so it’s more touch friendly and so on.
Before we end, we would love to just give any gamers a little summary on the gaming aspect of Windows 10. Microsoft has continued in its commitment to the gaming and online entertainment market. The connectivity from one device to another is expanded to your gaming console where social interactions are a priority. Not only has the cross-device chat been enhanced, now uses will be able to take advantage of the build in screen capture DVR capabilities. This makes it easy to capture and share clips with friends via PC. DirectX 12 is on the way as well so this would see some amazing increase in performance in hardware access for gaming developers. The best part about Windows 10? You can now play multiplayer with any device. This means Xbox One users can play live with PC and tablet gamers! I can’t wait for that!
So, how do you feel about Windows 10 thus far? What are your first impressions? Let us know in the comment section below!
Source: Microsoft Live Stream