10 Facts the Channel Should Know About Windows 10
Windows 10 is a service that can be continuously upgraded for free at the discretion of the end user. The concept of new versions will be no more.
The new Spartan browser will ship with Windows 10, but customers will be able to deploy Internet Explorer to support existing applications. Both browsers will share a common rendering engine.
Details are still sparse, but Microsoft Office 2016 is scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2015. Microsoft will include free Office apps with smartphones and mini tablets (sub-8-inch) when the Windows 10 OS ships later this year.
Insights for Office will leverage Microsoft search and machine learning technology running on Microsoft Azure to deliver snippets of in-context information and images while users craft their documents.
Microsoft Outlook borrows richer authoring capabilities inspired by Microsoft Word and adds new touch controls for managing the inbox.
Microsoft is pushing a universal app development platform with the delivery of a release candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. Developers can write code once and have it run on multiple Windows devices.
In addition to sporting a new user interface, Microsoft plans to make it easier for developers to tap into in-app advertising opportunities.
DirectX 12 support is in Windows 10, but drivers that support the next iteration of Microsoft multimedia APIs are still absent.
New and improved network tools will capture and debug network traffic with a new user experience and capabilities, such as auto-start, a content type filter and error highlighting.
The Cortana digital assistant found on Windows Phone is now available on all instances of Windows 10. Cortana reminders should show up in the Microsoft Action Center icon.