Windows 10 Comes With Universal Apps

A new version of Windows will ship around September and includes an array of what Microsoft is calling new universal apps.

Microsoft promises Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of computing devices and adapt to the computing devices you are using - from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets - and what they're doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience.

Windows 10 will work on keyboard and mouse controlled desktop computers, touch enabled tablet computers and smart phones. It will offer a new seamless experience with the built in applications of Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People & Messaging and Mail & Calendar. Microsoft has redesigned the apps to look and feel the same across different devices. Content is stored and synced through Microsoft's virtual hard disk drive OneDrive, enabling you to start something on one device and continue it on another.

Such functionality is already included in Office 2013 and Office 365, with the ability to open files on any machine you sign in. Microsoft Operating Systems group executive vice president Terry Myerson said: "Everything about Windows 10 - the experiences, delivering it as a service and the free upgrade - means that Windows 10 isn't just another product, it's an ongoing relationship - one that will give ongoing value to all our customers."

"The new generation of Windows is a commitment - a commitment to liberate people from complex technology and enable them to do great things."

One of them is Microsoft HoloLens which enables a shift from the traditional machine-centric view of computing to an interaction that Microsoft is calling "much more personal and humanistic". Windows 10 includes a set of application programming interfaces that will enable developers to create holographic experiences in the real world. Microsoft recently unveiled the most advanced holographic computer in the world to show how it works. Microsoft HoloLens is able to run without any wires while processing terabytes of data from the sensors in real time.

Microsoft says by placing three-dimensional holograms in the world around you, Microsoft HoloLens provides 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 HoloLens allows you to create, access information, enjoy entertainment and communicate in what Microsoft describes as new and exciting ways.

New Microsoft Surface Hub optimizes Windows 10 experience for groups.

Windows 10 is also powering a new Microsoft large-screen device to help teams in the workplace share, ideate and create together. Hardware innovations in multi-touch and digital inking, along with built-in cameras, sensors and microphones, allow the Surface Hub to take advantage of Windows 10, Skype for Business and Office 365 to deliver a new experience designed to make every person - whether remote or onsite - feel as if they're in the same collaborative space. Specifically, the Surface Hub features state-of-the-art digital white boarding; instant remote conferencing; the ability for multiple people to share and edit content on the screen from a laptop, tablet or phone; and a trusted platform for large-screen apps. Available in two sizes - 55-inch and 84-inch - the Surface Hub removes the current limitations of traditional conference room scenarios to empower teams to create their best work together.

The unfinished Windows 10 Technical Preview is available through the Windows Insider Program. For more information visit preview.windows.com.

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