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Windows 10: 9 Killer Features

Microsoft's Windows 10 is in the tech spotlight. Here's what we learned about each feature released during its Jan. 21 event.
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Microsoft did not fail to impress during its Jan. 21 Windows 10 event, during which the company showcased further details on its operating system set for full release later in 2015. While many announcements confirmed early rumors, the tech giant also had a few surprises up its sleeve.

Windows 10 was designed with the help of 1.7 million Windows insiders, who were responsible for reviewing various builds of the OS. Insiders provided 800,000 pieces of feedback on more than 200,000 topics regarding Windows 10 -- and the system is still in the works.

The day's announcements revolved around the central idea of moving from enabling single-device interaction to providing a more personalized computing experience to individuals and corporations. Microsoft's Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of the company's Operating System Group (OSG), described 3 areas of innovation that took priority throughout Windows 10 development:

  • Mobility of experience: With the number of devices exploding all around us, it should be easy to put down one device and pick up the other where you left off.
  • Trust: People care more about their privacy, and the new OS gives the user greater control. 
  • Natural interaction: "Interacting with technology should be as natural as interacting with people," said Myerson.

[Missed the Windows 10 event? Read our recap.]

A key priority moving forward will be the seamless integration of Windows devices. Users will be able to transition from PC to tablet mode on hybrid devices by removing the keyboard and mouse. 

Microsoft seems to be pushing the importance of security, a growing priority for both consumers and businesses. "It's important that our customers' privacy is protected, and they trust the devices and their experiences," Myerson said, also noting that Windows 10 will "protect corporate data" better than ever.

To attract new users to Windows 10, Microsoft is offering free upgrades. Users with devices running Windows 7, Windows 8.1,or Windows Phone 8.1 will receive the new OS at no charge for the first year it is available. Further, Windows 10 will be available as a service, and Microsoft will keep the experience current for the supported lifetime of the device.

Microsoft will release a new build of Windows 10 for desktops to its insiders within a week of the Jan. 21 event. Myerson also confirmed earlier predictions that the first build for the mobile version of Windows 10 will debut in February.  

Click through the gallery to learn more about what's coming to Windows desktops and phones.

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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1/27/2015 | 10:33:22 AM
Re: First
Ha! What an image - everyone walking around with giant goggles, swatting the air. Though I have to say, I'd be willing to look ridiculous if it meant giving the HoloLens a shot. That looks like a cool experience.
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richbl11,
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1/27/2015 | 9:11:11 AM
I'll be asked to pay for this OS?
Microsoft who?
nomii
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nomii,
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1/27/2015 | 3:14:37 AM
Re: Data Security and data usage across apps.
@Technocrati This is the concern of everyone as this problem exists with every OS even if it is mobile. If my android phone is compromised, I will have everything on stake my emails, social networks and space.
nomii
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nomii,
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1/27/2015 | 3:07:39 AM
Re: First
It'll be interesting to watch as Windows 10 is refined over the next few months.

@Kelly22: I think windows have taken quite a few years in form of windows 8 to refine their new OS. And from the initial posts it seems that they have learned from their mistakes and are coming up with something more interesting and eye catching
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Technocrati,
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1/26/2015 | 12:48:21 PM
Re: The business case for Win10

@mak63    I can only imagine what the Windows 10 tech version is all about.  

Matter of fact I would rather just imagine.  : ) 

Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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1/26/2015 | 12:44:55 PM
Re: The business case for Win10
Microsoft's PR probable response to this question of business case.    

 

" What does business have to do with it ?"
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anon0369984733,
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1/26/2015 | 12:42:21 PM
Re: First
Never been an MS product enthusiast (or AAPL for that matter) but the hololens this time does it for me. I won't use it personally but can't wait to see people punching the air and talking at the same time to "nobody" like complete lunatics. It used to amuse me when people would be driving and talking (using their headsets) giving expressions while no one is around them (it is a funny sight to see anyone talking all by themself even if we know they are on the phone :). I can't even imagine the "comedy" factor when a person goes about doing say hitting start and playing mine sweeper for example and we actually cannot see whatever they are seeing and only see their actions.. Hard to describe.. like say a mime artist..

 

 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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1/26/2015 | 12:41:59 PM
Re: Data Security and data usage across apps.

@gnaggett75002     I am with you.  I don't like this apparently chic concept that our data should be available on every device. 

So in the case we are compromised everything is affected.   MS has improved security ?  

Ok, fine.   I still don't want it.

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1/25/2015 | 3:14:32 AM
Re: The business case for Win10
One word from an enterprise pov: meh.
mak63
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mak63,
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1/23/2015 | 3:43:15 PM
Re: The business case for Win10
@UberGoober

I thought Microsoft revealed the new features for the consumer preview. Well, anyway, the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build is out today. I'm sure you're eager to try it lol
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