Yesterday, Microsoft had a Windows 10 event at its corporate campus in Seattle, US. The event revealed some exciting details of what you can expect from Windows 10 for mobile devices, an all new Xbox One app as well as the very exciting Windows Holographic technology.
Winning With Windows 10
Windows 10 for mobile was unveiled at the event. Microsoft aims to make Windows 10 a cross-platform operating system that works on all devices. Windows spoke about the idea of “mobility of experience” across all devices running Windows 10 and the Action Centre now lets you sync with your PC’s Action Centre.
You will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 if you are currently using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1. The upgrade is free for the first year.
The new Windows 10 for mobile will come with free versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, all optimised for touch and mobile.
Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, will also be part of Windows 10.
Xbox App For Windows 10
Microsoft is obviously really keen on this whole cross-device ethos and has even extended Windows 10’s reach to the Xbox with the new Xbox app. You’ll be able to install a new Xbox app on any device that runs Windows 10 and all new devices shipping with Windows 10 will already have the app pre-installed.
The Xbox app will give you access to your friends list, activity feed and will let you communicate with friends while you are playing. The app will work across all Windows 10 devices, which means you will be able to play games across different devices, as long as the game has been released for Windows 10 and Xbox One. You will be able to stream Xbox One games to any Windows 10 devices via your network, essentially turning your Xbox One into a media server hub that eliminates the need for multiple Xbox One consoles.
HoloLens: A Holographic Headset
Hello holograms! Microsoft revealed Windows Holographic, an augmented reality extension of Windows 10. The idea is to blend holograms and videos with your environment. Information boxes, guidelines and interface elements will be displayed as well and you will be able to interact with real-life as well as virtual “objects”.
The headset that brings all of this to your face is called the HoloLens. The HoloLens is designed to be an independent and self-contained device that won’t need to be connected to a phone or computer. It has its own CPU, Holographic Processing Unit and GPU. Microsoft aims to give you the complete virtual reality experience by adding spatial sound and motion sensors to the HoloLens.
Microsoft is aiming to release Windows Holographic at the same time as Windows 10 for mobile.