The dream of a Windows 10 smartphone running desktop apps is apparently alive and well. And perhaps next year, it might arrive at a store near you.
Microsoft today unveiled its first all-in-one desktop PC, the Surface Studio — and it’s absolutely brilliant.
As soon as you read the name, you’d automatically think the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is one those sleek Android tablets you’ve seen in the news. That’s only half right, because this Galaxy is a full-fledged Windows 10 convertible through and through.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say the tech in our devices today is off-the-charts good, though battery life continues to be a pain point for most consumers. There are ways to get more out of your gear, of course, and Microsoft reckons you can increase your computer’s or tablet’s usage time by up to 70 percent using its default web browser for Windows 10. (To be clear, we’re referring to Microsoft Edge, not Internet Explorer.)
If you’re still running Windows 7 or 8 on any of your computers, now is a good time to take Microsoft up on its temporary upgrade offer. You know, before it expires.
Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows, Hololens, Skype, Azure, Data and Developer Tools at the Build 2016 developer conference in San Francisco. CEO Satya Nadella and Windows and Devices executive vice president Terry Myerson, among others, will each give keynote addresses at the Moscone Center.
For the hardcore geek, there are at least two milestones, that predate actual usage of a device.
First is the day when a product becomes real. When an enthusiastic CEO or product lead takes the stage and unveils their most exciting piece of tech. Fans schedule online viewing parties, tune into live streams, and collectively drool over the subject of their next gadget fantasy.
Microsoft calls Surface Pro 4 the thinnest, lightest, and most powerful PC ever made. It also comes with an improved type-cover keyboard that now features a fingerprint scanner. The Surface Pro 4 also comes with a pen that actually has an eraser… *cough* Apple Pencil *cough*
In what could be Microsoft’s most exciting event in years, the company launches a new set of devices including the HoloLens, Microsoft Band, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, the highly anticipated Surface Pro 4, and the surprise of the event – Microsofts first ever laptop – the Surface Book.
This year’s arrival of Windows 10 brings with it a great promise, a universal operating system that will run across all devices in the Windows ecosystem, plus every other device that Microsoft builds.
Theoretically one operating system means a seamless computing experience across devices, and one shared app store.