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Windows 10: The Next Chapter

Microsoft is delivering a live presentation from its Redmond, Wash., campus to provide more details on its upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 4:52:59 PM
    We have Phil Spencer, head of Xbox and gaming at MSFT, here in attendance. He's slated to talk about PC gaming and may drop some details regarding a long-awaited Xbox-Windows 10 connection.
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 4:57:22 PM
    Just to recap for folks who may be just tuning into the Windows 10 event coverage this morning, we're expecting to see:
    - First looks at Windows 10 on mobile devices, including both smartphones and tablets
    - A deeper dive into Continuum, the tool that will configure Windows 10 to whatever device and input methods you're using, be it a tablet with a pen or a desktop with a mouse and keyboard
    - A potential look at Microsoft's new Spartan Web browser, which is expected to replace Internet Explorer as the prime Internet surfing tool
    - PC gaming news from Phil Spencer that may include Cortana integration with Windows 10, an Xbox app for Windows and tie-ins between its game console and PC platforms
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 4:58:28 PM
    Frank Shaw, head of Microsoft PR, is onstage now ready to introduce the first executive, who will be Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive VP of operating systems. 
  • Daren K 1/21/2015 4:59:36 PM
    Let's not forget that Windows 10 will also be the next version of Windows Phone too.
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 4:59:43 PM
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:00:52 PM
    I've spent a lot of time with Windows 10's Technical Preview over the last few months, and while it's not exactly *stable* it's been great thus far.
  • John Falcone 1/21/2015 5:00:55 PM
    As the event begins...
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:01:02 PM
    Terry Myerson is on stage now. 
  • John Falcone 1/21/2015 5:01:16 PM
    We are going to stop user comments.
  • Sarah Tew 1/21/2015 5:01:44 PM
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:02:27 PM
    What we'll see today, from Microsoft itself: "We will share the most comprehensive view yet of new experiences coming to Windows 10. You'll see Cortana like never before, you'll see entirely new ways of being productive and having fun and you'll see some amazing new devices enabled by Windows 10." --Myerson
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:02:48 PM
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:03:06 PM
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will also take the stage today, so stay tuned for that if nothing else. 
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:03:23 PM
    "Windows 10 will support the broadest device platform ever." --Myerson. 
  • Sarah Tew 1/21/2015 5:03:23 PM
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:03:54 PM
    Windows 10 is really supposed to be Windows Everywhere -- from gaming desktops all the way down to tablets, phones, and everything in between. We haven't really seen what that means yet, though. Here's hoping today's demos clear up some of those mysteries.
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:04:25 PM
    "Universal Windows apps come to Xbox One," Myerson says. That's big for gamers and for Windows 10, which is expected to run across very different devices, like phones to game consoles. 
  • Sarah Tew 1/21/2015 5:04:38 PM
  • Sarah Tew 1/21/2015 5:06:12 PM
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:06:19 PM
    The Technical Preview (and the Consumer Preview that we'll hopefully hear more about today) have always been an awesome way to figure out exactly what Microsoft is thinking. And you can really see the suggestions folks are putting into Windows Feedback coming through in later builds, which is a nice nod in Microsoft's favor.
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:06:53 PM
    Microsoft video is thanking users for Windows Insider program feedback. "This is really the future of building Windows. We're doing it together."
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:09:57 PM
    "Everything we do puts the customer in control. You are our customer not our product," says Myerson, taking a big dig at Google and Facebook. 
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:10:45 PM
    "More personal computing" is the official new tagline of Windows 10. 
  • Sarah Tew 1/21/2015 5:10:54 PM
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:11:40 PM
    You should be able to print with a flick or transfer a Skype call with "one intuitive gesture," says Myerson.
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:12:03 PM
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:12:19 PM
    Cinemagraphs always look so... alien.
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:13:14 PM
    "We're going to help them [developers] find their next billion customer with Windows 10." --Myerson. 
  • Sarah Tew 1/21/2015 5:13:48 PM
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:13:54 PM
    He's now talking fragmentation of the Windows ecosystem. To note, more than half of all desktops in the world still run Windows 7. Almost 20 percent still run Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system. Windows 8.1 has yet to hit 10 percent. 
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:14:17 PM
    An (overly) enthusiastic man once said "Developers, developers, developers." The relative lack of developers and their apps was a huge thorn in the side of Windows 8, and Windows 10 will need to turn that around if it's really going to maintain its foothold in a world of tablets and smartphones.
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:14:47 PM
    "In the first year after Windows 10 is available, we'll be making available a free upgrade to Windows 10 to all devices running Windows 8.1." Free is here, Myerson says. 
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:14:59 PM
    A free upgrade to Windows 10 is coming to all Windows Phone 8.1 devices, naturally. 
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:15:19 PM
    Windows 10 will be free to all Windows 7 users after its first year. 
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:16:20 PM
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:16:26 PM
    "We think of Windows as a service," says Myerson. "Now developers can target every single Windows device."
  • John Falcone 1/21/2015 5:17:02 PM
    If the video stream is stuttering, please hit reload
  • Sarah Tew 1/21/2015 5:17:40 PM
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:17:53 PM
    "Windows 10 changes the rules of the game and redefines the relationship between us and our customers," Myerson says. Free software will do that!
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:18:06 PM
    I honestly didn't think Microsoft would be offering Windows 10 for free. There'll still be those sticklers who'll stick with what they know, but that's a huge carrot for folks who are on the fence.
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:18:33 PM
    Joe Belfiore, one of the most candid Microsoft execs and the current public face of Windows 10 design and development, is coming on stage. He'll show us, for the first time, "Windows 10 on a phone," Myerson says. 
  • Nate Ralph 1/21/2015 5:19:24 PM
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:19:24 PM
    Belfiore focuses on PCs, tablets and phones. He'll be the go-to guy for helping us understand how Windows 10 is to migrate across devices of different screen sizes and input modes. 
  • Nick Statt 1/21/2015 5:20:02 PM
    Belfiore is giving us our first official look at Windows 10 since September. A Windows 8-style Start Menu is available to customize if you were into the Metro interface. 
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