Microsoft is getting ready for a widespread rollout of its Windows 10 operating system. The tech giant announced that it is going to launch Windows 10 in 190 countries and 111 languages in the summer of 2015.
Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s head for the operating system division said that Windows 10 will be available in the summer of 2015 in 190 countries and 111 languages. With Windows being a global, used by more than 1.5 billion users around the world.
The Redmond-based company first unveiled Windows 10 in September2014 and then in January it showcased its consumer facing features. And in February, Microsoft released a technical preview for phones.
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community Summit (WHECS) in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft also announced several partnerships with companies like Lenovo, Qihu 360, TenCent and Xiaomi. The companies will be providing free upgrades to consumers.
At the event, the tech giant introduced an automatic biometric sign-in option that wasn't there in the current build of the Windows 10 technical preview. The feature is called Windows Hello, which means the technology will allow users to be able to scan their face, iris or fingerprint to verify identity and gain access to their devices, laptops, personal computers and other devices, according to a statement issued by Microsoft.
Microsoft says this will be made possible using Intel's RealSense technology. For Windows Hello, the device will require specialised hardware including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors.
Microsoft said that Windows 10 will run across a varied range of devices including the phone, tablet, PC, Xbox, wearables and even IOT devices. Similar to the older versions of Windows, it will also power ATMs, in addition to ultrasound machines.
The Windows 10 supports the Qualcomm Dragonboard 410C. It is the first developer board for Windows 10 that includes the Snapdragon 410 SoC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS integrated on one stack.
Windows 10 would be a free upgrade to PC and tablet users running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 so long as they download the software within the first year that it is available. During WHECS, Microsoft also announced that it will be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 even to users who are running pirated copies of the OS. This would greatly cut down piracy something that Windows suffers from. This will be particularly crucial for markets like India and China.
Additionally, the company has tied up with Xiaomi and a select group of people will be able to use the Windows 10 technical preview on the Mi4 smartphone, which will be interesting as Xiaomi is an Android OEM known for its famed MiUI Android ROM.