By now, we’ve all heard about Windows 10; after all, it’s been a key topic at just about every Microsoft event thus far this year. Until now though, the only way to get your hands on it was through the Windows Insider Program and even then, it was just a technical preview of the final product. That’s all about to change though, and it can’t come a moment too soon for many current Windows 8 users.
Just last week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 for PCs and tablets is set for release and will be available starting July 29 in 190 countries. This is good news for Windows 8 and Windows 7 users alike, as both are eligible for a free upgrade on that date. New Windows 8.1 devices can also be upgraded to Windows 10, with many retail stores helping to do those upgrades. You can even reserve your free upgrade early by going to http://windows.com/windows10upgrade.
Long-time Windows users will be glad to know that Windows 10 brings back something they know and love—the Start menu. Of course, it also comes with a host of other goodies as well. For anti-malware protection, for example, Windows 10 offers Windows Hello, Microsoft Passport and Windows Defender; all of which come with Microsoft’s promise to deliver free, ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.
Windows 10 also comes with the new Microsoft Edge browser and promises to deliver a more personal and natural experience, while making you more productive. A key way it hopes to accomplish this goal is through the Cortana personal digital assistant. In a nutshell, Cortana learns users’ individual preferences and then uses this information to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information and important reminders via talking or typing.
One upcoming Windows 10 device that businesses, in particular, might find appealing is Surface Hub, Microsoft’s new large-screen collaboration device. The device is Microsoft’s answer to improving productivity for a group of people, rather than just individuals. It does this by bringing together the power of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to deliver an experience that Microsoft says is just as compelling for users working together in the same room as those remotely connected. As Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president, Microsoft Devices, points out, “Just as the PC revolutionized productivity for individuals, Surface Hub will transform the way groups of people work together.”
Essentially, Surface Hub is a cloud-connected Windows 10 device sporting a custom interface that has been specifically built for shared spaces. It’s designed so that anyone can just walk up and use it, whether for white-boarding or videoconferencing. A variety of Windows applications can also be accessed and used. The idea is to connect the Universal Windows apps that organizations are used to using with an easy-to-use remote meeting and collaboration solution to help make organizations much more efficient.
Surface Hub is now available for order in 24 markets and will begin shipping worldwide in September. For more information on the new Windows 10 device go to: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-surface-hub. For more information on the upcoming release of Windows 10, go here.
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Cheryl J. Ajluni is a freelance writer and editor based in California. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Wireless Systems Design and served as the EDA/Advanced Technology editor for Electronic Design for over 10 years. She is also a published book author and patented engineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online publications. Contact her at [email protected] with your comments or story ideas.