Windows 10: “Hoping to Take Users to a World Beyond Screens”

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“Today really is a monumental day for Windows,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, according to cnn.com. “Windows 10 is so much more than the latest version of Windows. Windows 10 changes the rules of the game.”

Microsoft knows that Windows 8 wasn’t well-received by most of their customers, and most of its updates to Windows 10 reflect that. It offers a much more familiar experience to Windows 7 users who never made the jump to Windows 8, according to the Huffington Post. But it also brings some innovations to the PC that tablet and smartphone users have become accustomed to. And by adding holographic representations to Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to take Windows to a world beyond screens.

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s first major operating system upgrade since Windows 8 was introduced in 2012. Windows runs on more than 91% of the world’s computers, according to NetMarketShare.

By far the coolest part of Microsoft’s presentation was “Windows Holographic,” Microsoft’s attempt to immerse its customers into a computerized world. Windows 10 has been built to integrate holographic representations of its software. With the companion HoloLens glasses, Windows 10 users can interact with holograms all around them, reported cnn.com

HoloLens comes with a holographic processing chip that understands your gestures, voice and where you’re looking. It can map the world around you and display holograms that appear to be in thin air or on objects that surround the viewer. With Windows 10’s HoloStudio app, Microsoft lets users create 3-D objects with their voices and gestures (like pinches and flicks) and then print them on a 3-D printer, according to verge.com.

Microsoft reports that a  version of Siri will be part of Windows 10. By using voice commands, Cortana can show notifications, stock information, sports news, and other functions typical of smartphone voice assistants.

And as for a new browser Microsoft introduced a new, stripped-down browser that has been codenamed “Project Spartan.” The new browser will ship with Windows 10, and it will function similarly to Chrome and Firefox. The Spartan browser supports pen interactions, so people can mark up websites with their fingers or styluses and share them. It also features a reading mode and Cortana integration, cnet.com