Microsoft has pulled the curtain back on its new Windows 10 operating system and given the world a glimpse at the next generation of computing across a number of devices.
And the good news is Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to customers already running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.
“Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era in the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.
“Our ambition is for the 1.5 billion people who are using Windows today to fall in love with Window 10 and for billions more to decide to make Windows home.”
Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be the operating system that makes the technology disappear and put the user at the centre of the experience no matter where it is or what device is being used.
Here’s what we can expect from Windows 10:
CORTANA PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT
Cortana made its debut on Windows Phone devices last year and will become part of the Windows 10 experience on the desktop and on mobile products.
Cortana is designed to give users even faster access to information whether you’re typing on the screen or talking to your device.
This is the code name for an all-new browser which will allow users to interact with web pages either by writing on the screen or via the keyboard and share with friends.
It will also have a reading view that will be distraction free as well as the ability to read articles online and offline.
The Project Spartan browser will also have a new look and feel just for Windows 10.
OFFICE FOR WINDOWS 10
New versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook will be included with Windows 10 and will be optimized for the device they are being used on so they will be built for touch as well as traditional keyboard and mouse input.
XBOX LIVE AND XBOX APP
The Xbox Live gaming network will be accessible on Windows 10 so games and content will be available across any Microsoft-powered device.
Players will also be able to stream games from the Xbox One to their Windows 10 PC or tablet.
With 2-in-1 devices Windows 10 will be able detect when the product moves from keyboard and mouse in laptop mode to touchscreen in tablet mode.
Windows 10 will include a unique developer kit to create a holographic computing experience.
This will create a three-dimensional way to interact with certain Windows 10 apps.
To demonstrate the possibilities, Microsoft unveiled the world’s most advanced holographic computer.
And instead of a monitor there’s Microsoft’s HoloLens that gives users a three-dimensional way to access information, enjoy content and communicate.
The technical preview of Windows 10 will be available to anyone signed up to Windows Insiders from next week and for the first time on Windows Phones later in February.