There was a palpable sense of renewed energy at the recent Microsoft Ignite conference in Auckland. This could of course have had something to do with the successful roll out of the brand new Windows 10 operating system.
Windows 10, is proving a success with more than 75m users downloading it within the first month. In New Zealand Microsoft estimates there are around two million PCs and devices running Windows. Most of these are able to upgrade to the latest version of the software for free.
Windows 10 offers business and consumer users many innovative experiences and devices, including:
- The new Microsoft Edge browser, which lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.
- Continuum optimises apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes
- Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.
- A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.
- Windows 10 is more personal and productive, with voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PC’s. It’s designed to work with Office and Skype perfectly and allows you to switch between apps and stay organised.
- Kiwis can also look forward to Cortana, Microsoft’s voice activated personal digital assistant which is expected to arrive in New Zealand in a future update.