Microsoft Corporation will release New Mobile Flagship This Year; Shows off HoloLens, 84-inch Surface Hub
Alongside the announcements of the new Windows 10 features, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) demoed the mobile version of Windows 10 running on a Lumia smartphone, Office for Windows 10, Surface Hub, and a new device under development called HoloLens. Microsoft will no longer use the term “Windows Phone” for their mobile platform, and will simply call it “Windows 10 for phones” so to signify the more unified experience. The tech giant stated that all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10 later this year and that they will release a new Windows 10 based flagship smartphone this year.
The Redmond Company also officially revealed the new “Office for Windows 10”, and stated that the new suite will be preinstalled on all Windows 10 phones, and 8-inch tablets. The upcoming updates for existing Lumia devices will be available for free. Office for Windows 10 phones will include more features to deliver users the work experience of a PC. Users will now be able to use the full set of ribbon options such as Insert, Design, and Page Layout that’s currently only found in the desktop versions of Office.
Microsoft says that the new Outlook app for Windows 10 phones will be based on the Microsoft Word engine for Windows. Users will now be able to delete or flag a mail by just swiping it left or right. Microsoft also revealed a new unified messaging app that supports both SMS and Skype messages. Also, the new Action Center for Windows 10 phones will sync alerts with a Windows 10 PC in real time. Users will be able to reply messages from a PC using the unified messaging app that’s also available for the Windows 10 PC.
Additionally, Microsoft has integrated the Miracast live streaming feature in Windows 10 for phones. Moreover, the Project Spartan browser which was revealed to be a part of the Windows 10 for PC’s, will also be available for smartphones as well. Microsoft did not reveal further details regarding those features for Windows 10 for phones.
To complement the Windows 10 OS, Microsoft has officially expanded its Surface line of devices with the new Surface Hub for business enterprises. The Surface Hub is a large 84-inch All-in-one PC that runs the upcoming Windows 10 OS. Microsoft says that the Surface Hub will be the perfect platform for Skype based video business conferences, with support for smart digital pens that can take advantage of Windows 10 based features such as Project Spartan, and other productivity applications. Users will be able to share ideas and write within the display. The Surface Hub will also be able to sync with Windows 10 based smartphones in real time. Additionally, the Surface Hub displays a resolution of 4K.
Back in 2012, Microsoft had acquired a display company called the Perceptive Pixel which specializes in multi-touch technology, and the Surface Hub is the first device successfully made out of the acquired company. Microsoft did not reveal any further specifications, availability and pricing of the new PC.
Microsoft also revealed another device under development called the HoloLens. The HoloLens is a new VR headset that’s based on “Mixed Reality” concept. Users will be able to see their real-life surroundings, and the HoloLens will be able to immerse visual images and information in front of them. Microsoft demoed the headset with the use of the Skype app in which the HoloLens was able to immerse the user’s contacts in front of them while still being able to see their surroundings. Also, Microsoft says that users can “Air Tap” and select the choice of their liking.
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