Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 will
be released this summer, hitting 190 countries in 111 different languages.
Terry Myerson, Microsoft's VP of Operating Systems, made the
announcement during the Windows Hardware Engineering Community
summit taking place in Shenzhen, China.
Although an actual release date hasn't
been determined, the commitment is that the operating system will become available worldwide during the summer.
The company took the opportunity to highlight the universal Windows' user base. There are over 1.5 billion users
worldwide, and hundreds of millions of those operating in China. During
the presentation Myerson showed off some of Windows 10's localized
features for the Chinese market, among them Cortana running in
Another new feature called "Windows
Hello" was exhibited on stage for the first
time. 'Hello' introduces biometric authentication to a Windows PC or
to your personal data and applications, using your face, fingerprint or iris.
On paper it looks like a neat and much
needed improvement for Windows' security. Since Windows 8 introduced -- or
should I say, forcefully encouraged -- users to log in to Windows using a
Microsoft account password, it's become a real hassle to lock your computer and
log back in, especially if you do it several times a day.
Windows 10 is set to be one of the biggest OS
releases in the company's history and possibly the most crucial. Let's not
forget Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8.1
and Windows 7 users during the first year of the release. Windows 7
alone is found on nearly half of all Windows-based PCs, so it's an
encouraging and bold step for Microsoft to make.
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