Yesterday Microsoft held an event and live streamed it too. It started as dull as dishwater, slowly picked up some pace, started accelerating and then shot to the moon with rockets. So what happened and what were the key points?
– In the first year when Windows 10 launches, all devices running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1 will get version 10 OS for free. This is a complete change in policy for Microsoft but also a good way of getting everyone on the same firmware so that they all can make full use of all the new services. If more people use the services, thats more money to Microsoft.
– Windows 10 brings new features across all devices. Start Menu is back and spruced up along with new multitasking with Task View and plenty of UI improvements including that of the settings. Action Centre now available for instant access to common tasks like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other settings. Notifications are synced across devices. Cool. Cortana comes to the PC. Universal apps. New app improvements for Calendar, Mail, Photos with auto sync and album creation, People, Maps, Music collections all syncing to OneDrive. Xbox app improvements for streaming Xbox One games to Windows 10 devices and DVR support.
– New Web Browser – Project Spartan. Has a reading mode and reading lists that syncs across devices.
– Microsoft Office – improved for touch devices, tablets and phones.
– Microsoft unveiled a new category of device designed to showcase Windows 10 – the Surface Hub. This has a 84-inch 4K display with support for multi-touch and pen input. A 55-inch option will also be available. The massive screen also includes dual cameras, microphones, and a wide array of advanced sensors that Microsoft would not reveal any further detail on. This sounds expensive.
– The Windows 10 messaging client will integrate multiple internet-based services, creating a single conversation for each person regardless of which apps are used. Skype got spruced out and became the iMessage for Windows 10.
And then Microsoft announced the Holographic Googles and the world went wild. Hololens creates a virtual reality world. Everything becomes real in a virtual reality way. Looked superb and futuristic. But it is nowhere near finished. The press had their bags and cameras removed for all their demos.
So my concerns. Delivery date and will Microsoft be able to keep to the timelines and not have delays. When the software is released, will it be bug free or a mess. Will all the cloud syncing work correctly. The cloud part using OneDrive I am sure will work just fine. But I am worried about Microsoft delivering on the timelines for Windows 10. They need to move fast, otherwise the competition will overtake again and again.
So what were your thoughts from last night.