Microsoft has unveiled its latest operating system, Windows 10, which the company said will offer a wide range of experiences designed to usher in a new era of more personal computing including holograms.
Windows 10 will be delivered as a service to offer a safer, innovative and updated experience for the supported lifetime of the device. A free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year.
“Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era in the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our ambition is for the 1.5bn people who are using Windows today to fall in love with Windows 10 and for billions more to decide to make Windows home.”
In a statement, Microsoft said that Windows 10 will mark the beginning of the more personal computing era, where technology disappears and people are at the center.
‘In this era, the mobility of the experience matters, not the mobility of the device, and experiences should work in a seamless, familiar way across devices’ the statement said. ‘People should be able to naturally interact with technology as they interact with other people — with voice, gestures and gaze. Protecting privacy plays a pivotal role in delivering trustworthy experiences that put people in control of their experience.’
Last Wednesday, Microsoft showcased a variety of new experiences coming to Windows 10, including the the Cortana personal digital assistant, which debuted on Windows Phone last year and will now also be available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets to help people ‘get things done’.
According to Microsoft, Cortana is a personal helper who learns an individual’s preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information and important reminders, bringing what matters most to their attention.
Windows 10 will feature the new Microsoft browser, code-named “Project Spartan,” which was built with interoperability in mind. With key features built-in natively to the browser, it will enable greater reliability and better discoverability. Some of the most advanced features in the browser include the ability to annotate whether by keyboard or pen directly on the webpage and easily share with friends or colleagues.
The Office suite of applications have also undergone a revamp to deliver a touch-first experience across devices with new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.
Microsoft will likely have even more announcements at its Microsoft Build 2015 conference in April, including a Windows 10 release date.
Windows 10 unlocks holographic future with Microsoft HoloLens
At its Windows 10 unveiling last week, Microsoft shared a revolutionary example of how Windows 10 promises to enable a shift from the traditional machine-centric view of computing to an interaction that is much more personal and humanistic.
As the world’s first holographic computing platform, Windows 10 includes a set of APIs that enable developers to create holographic experiences in the real world. With Windows 10, holograms will be Windows universal apps, and all Windows universal apps will also work as holograms — making it possible to place three-dimensional holograms in the physical world and enabling new ways to communicate and create.
To showcase the possibilities of holograms in Windows 10, Microsoft unveiled what it said is the most advanced holographic computer in the world. Microsoft HoloLens is the first untethered holographic computer — no wires, phones or connection to a PC needed.
Microsoft HoloLens features see-through holographic high-definition lenses and spatial sound so you can view and hear holograms in the world around you. Complete with advanced sensors and the addition of a completely new Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that allegedly ‘understands what you are doing and the world around you’, Microsoft HoloLens is able to run without any wires while processing terabytes of data from the sensors in real time.
By placing three-dimensional holograms in the world around you, Microsoft said HoloLens will provide a new view into your reality that can tell what you are looking at and understand what you are saying with your hands and voice. By putting you at the center of the computing experience, Microsoft said it hopes HoloLens will allows its users ‘to create, access information, enjoy entertainment and communicate in new and exciting ways’.