The IT Leader's Guide to Multicloud Readiness
This guide provides practical key insights and important factors to consider to make informed decisions in your multicloud journey.
We first heard last fall about Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system version. Today, we heard a whole lot more and personally, I’m thrilled!
The new vision for Windows is an operating system designed to deliver a singular, cohesive experience across a myriad of device types. Traditionally, Windows has been built for the PC. So, this is the first time that the operating system has been designed for a cloud and mobile-first world.
Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.
And across this breadth of devices, Microsoft is delivering one application platform for developers. Whether you’re building a game or a line of business application, there will be one way to write a universal app that targets the entire family. There will be one store, one way for applications to be discovered, purchased and updated across all of these devices. Awesome!
After we heard more in today’s announcement, here are my 7 reasons why you should be fired up too!
1. It’s FREE
Yes, you read that correctly. Free. As in, it doesn’t cost you a dime. For the first year, you can upgrade your Windows 7, 8.1, and even Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10. Simply download and install. This is a huge shift for Microsoft and one that will be welcomed by all consumers.
2. Cortana Voice Commands
Cortana voice assisted commands were first introduced on Windows Phone, now that same voice control experience is coming to the full OS. You’ll be able to tell Cortana to create a new meeting, load a website, play music, or start a Bing search.
3. Free Office
You mean I get more free stuff? Yes! You will also get a free copy of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your phone or tablet. However, no word yet from Microsoft if this will include the desktop. Everyone likes free stuff and who doesn’t use Office? (it’s a trick question, answer is only Google employees)
4. Surface Hub
Do you need a better method to have engaged and productive meetings? Do you need to brainstorm and create with others? Do you want all of that on a large screen? Watch this video, I promise you’ll love the new Surface Hub!
5. Project Spartan
First, let me say, I love all of the Halo name references. If you played the game, you’ll understand and maybe it will make those college days spent in front of the Xbox seem productive. Spartan is the codename for Microsoft’s new browser. It will feature a new rendering engine “that will empower our next generation of Windows users on Windows 10,” Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for its Operating Systems Group, said at today’s event. Spartan will include reading lists (think Pocket in your browser), a distraction-free reading mode and a built-in PDF viewer. It will also include support for Cortana. This means the browser will know about the sites your browsing, events you’re going to, upcoming flights, and directions to the restaurant your headed to tonight. Personally, I’m excited to move past IE. Some of you may even be jumping up and down at that thought!
6. Project Hololens
Microsoft’s version of holographic goggles, they will project Virtual Reality all over your daily tasks. No one has actually had their hands on these yet, so there’s a lot yet to be seen. But, check out the cool video from Microsoft.
7. Stream Xbox One Games
Microsoft’s new “Windows as a service” approach means more than just free Windows 10 upgrades; it’s also bringing game streaming from the Xbox One to PCs and tablets. There will be a new Xbox app for your desktop, tablet, or phone. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer took the stage to announce how system-level Xbox One features, like messages and the friends list, will integrate with Windows 10. “Gaming has become a much more social activity,” said Spencer during the presentation. “Gaming is personal.”
I can’t wait to see how soon Microsoft starts following these announcements up with previews. But, I for one, am super jazzed about the path they are taking Windows. The future is bright with Microsoft! Stay tuned to this blog for more updates.