It’s Microsoft’s big day, with Windows 10. First off, the upgrade path: all devices running Windows 8.1 and 7, along with Windows Phone 8.1, will get the upgrade to Windows 10 — for the first year. But now, on to the fun stuff.
Microsoft Windows 10 will be the first time that Microsoft has truly unified its ecosystem. Windows on PC and large tablets will have a unified appearance, with a new Taskbar and a Start button that contains its own set of smart tiles, no longer delivering you to the Start screen, exclusively. This duality makes them the highest-ranking Windwos devices. Smaller tablets meanwhile get a more condensed, but still proportionate view, and smartphones get the usual Phone design.
Meanwhile, DirectX 12 technology makes its debut, bringing PC gaming (and graphics) to a whole other level. This level of unification and seamlessness continues into the more proprietary devices, like the 84-inch 4K screen called the Surface Hub, or something simpler, like the Xbox One.
The new Project Spartan browser is a complete overhaul, and includes handy annotation tools, offline reading, as well as a sharing section. Cortana, seen on the Windows Phone devices, comes along to be the full system virtual assistant, including inside the browser. Now, things start to get interesting for gamers at the Xbox level, where streaming is now possible from console to computer, and using the Xbox controller to play the game.
And of course, last but surely not least, is Windows Holographic: think augmented reality with Windows apps, tasks, and games, all through a HoloLens headset.
Release date? Later this year.