Wednesday was the the huge consumer preview of Windows 10 from Microsoft, and the event definitely hit a home run with the press and analyst audience. Not only was Windows 10 announced, but pricing details, related products, and a new holographic tool was announced as well.
As the press and analysts gathered in Redmond on Wednesday, the only thoughts were a public unveiling of Windows 10. What they got was a full presentation of the future of Windows, a unified Windows experience for developers, and integration of Windows 10 and Xbox for gaming as well.
Windows 10 Free For First Year
The first major announcement about Windows 10, was the price. Microsoft unveiled that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year after the launch. Microsoft is aiming to keep it updated during its lifetime for free as well.
Next, Microsoft unveiled the Cortana integration into Windows 10. This has been rumored in pre-lease leaks, but it was shown off publicly for the first time. Now, reminders, notes and other features can be used with Cortana on the desktop or laptop. Windows 10 was also unveiled for phones and tablets as well.
Office & Universal Apps, Xbox, Halolens and Surface Hub
Microsoft showed off the first public versions of its new Office for Touch, and that got a huge round of applause, as its scheduled for release later this year. Microsoft then announced new universal apps that will be unveiled for Windows 10. Those include Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, Mail and Calendar.
Windows 10 will also encompass the Xbox with Xbox on Windows 10. Users can capture, edit, and share moments on their Games DVR, and play games on their PC, streamed from the Xbox One. A new Holographic future with the Microsoft HoloLens was also shown off, and that was a truly futuristic device. Last up, Microsoft showed off a new 84″ Microsoft Surface Hub, and this new enterprise PC is a true vision of goodness.