Microsoft, during a keynote address at the Taipei International Convention Center today, shed some light on the first run of devices built specifically for Windows 10 from various partners. The announcement came amidst Computex, world’s second largest electronics expo which takes place annually in Taipei.
Ever since the unveiling of Windows 10, Microsoft has been focusing on the reach and extensibility of its new operating system so as to convince as much as users as they can. Dressing in similar fashion at Computex today, Microsoft unveiled a host of products including PCs, laptops and tablets that have been designed specifically for the new operating system.
Overall Microsoft introduced around 9 products ranging from all-in-one PCs, tablets , convertibles and some ultra-small PCs.
The Redmond giant says that they would be working towards bringing around 1 Billion users under its Windows 10 ecosystem in the time span of 2 to 3 years, an announcement made during its Windows 10 unveiling event too, and something which Google repeatedly mentioned at its I/O keynote this year.
Microsoft demonstrated rich new experiences and scenarios that Windows 10 would enable including Start menu enhancements, universal apps and drivers, multitasking, and PC security features.
Furthermore, Microsoft promised to offer an ultra smooth experience in Cortana, Continuum, Microsoft Edge and Windows Hello, and discussed on how DirectX 12 will improve the gaming experience.
Microsoft says that the devices especially build for Windows 10, from partners including Asus, Toshiba and FoxConn will offer you just more than normal day utilities and would offer an incomparable experience.
Microsoft’s corporate VP Nick Parker said-
Our device partners continue to push the envelope of innovation, developing stunning PCs that are sure to delight customers. And our commitment to broaden the ecosystem opportunity with Windows 10 is revolutionizing how people interact with their devices and create new opportunities for revenue growth.
Here’s the list with a brief description of PCs that Microsoft unveiled at Computex conference today-
- Acer Z3-710 is an all-in-one PC that delivers powerful computing and enhanced audio in a slim, 1.4-inch-thin chassis.
- ASUS Transformer Book T100HA is a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard that boasts up to 14 hours of battery life and a tablet measuring 8.45mm and 580g.
- ASUS Zen AiO Z240 features the latest quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, gaming-grade NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics, a 3-D camera and a six-speaker stereo sound system.
- Dell XPS 15, shown publicly for the first time and optimized for Windows 10, features the same virtually borderless InfinityEdge display that made the XPS 13 an industry leader.
- A new x2 from HP is a 2-in-1, ultra-portable, “tablet first” detachable — with an innovative magnetic hinge design that makes the device flexible and lappable — and with Windows 10, users can transition seamlessly from tablet to PC mode and back again in an instant.
A new HP tablet for mobile productivity has revolutionary note-taking capabilities.
- A new Toshiba PC enables Windows Hello with the latest in biometric security technology, including a face-authentication camera, an Ultra HD 4K screen and optimization for Cortana.
Additionally, Parker demonstrated two new PC form factors, namely FoxConn Kangaroo Quanta Compute Plug.
Microsoft’s focus on diversifying its cloud offering was visible in Taipei as well, with the software giant announcing a new collaboration between Microsoft and Toshiba to build next-generation Windows- and Azure-powered IoT solutions.
The companies expect to release a complete offering for the transportation and logistics industry, from devices to services, including state-of-the-art hardware such as an onboard video recorder than can also track vehicle data and analyse driver behaviour.
For all the Windows gamers who are too worried about the gaming performance that Windows 10 would offer, Microsoft also welcomed a new GPU from NVIDIA, namely GeForce GTX 980 Ti that would enable a premium, high-performance gaming experience on Windows 10.
Although Windows welcomed a host of devices from partners, it didn’t announce any hardware of its own.
Nick Parker said that as the Windows 10 launch date of July 29 edges closer, people should expect to see more and more products announced from Microsoft’s hardware partners, including more smartphones designed around the Window 10 mobile experience.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 is scheduled for a public launch on 29 of June. Microsoft says that you may expect to see more and more products announced from Microsoft’s hardware partners until then.