Windows 10 launches this summer in 190 countries around the world

Windows 10 will launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages around the world, Terry Myerson, Microsoft executive vice president of the Operating Systems group, announced Wednesday at the Windows Hardware Ecosystem Community (WinHEC) summit in China.

Myerson also announced a diverse collection of strategic partnerships and initiatives with leading global companies across the greater China region, including Lenovo, Tencent, Qihu 360, Raspberry Pi Foundation, Intel, Qualcomm, Xiaomi and others. The partnerships will help Windows 10 usher in a new era of more personal computing across a wide range of devices globally, and enable millions of people in China to easily upgrade to Windows 10.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

Windows 10 Launching This Summer in 190 Countries and 111 Languages

Today at the renewed Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China, I had the honor of speaking about Windows 10 and the innovation and opportunity it offers our valued partners. China is a global epicenter for innovation and we’re excited to be working with the area’s leading hardware and software companies to develop ground-breaking devices and consumer experiences that will help shape the future of Windows 10.

We continue to make great development progress and shared today that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages. Windows has always been global with more than 1.5 billion users around the world and here in China hundreds of millions of PCs operate Windows today. That’s why it was particularly fun to show our latest global innovation, Windows Hello, on stage for the first time, and to feature a number of Windows 10 customizations for the China market, such as Cortana in Mandarin.

Upgrading Millions of Customers with Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360

On January 21, I shared our commitment to offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for hundreds of millions of customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 for the first year after it is released.

A key way we will make the upgrade experience to Windows 10 easy is through strong partnerships with technology leaders. Today, we shared new partnerships with several world-leading companies to deliver a seamless Windows 10 upgrade experience to our customers in China. Strategic partnerships with Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360 will help Windows 10 reach hundreds of millions of customers in China and spur adoption of Windows 10 worldwide.

  • Lenovo, one of the world’s leading PC manufacturers, announced they will offer Windows 10 upgrade services at 2,500 service centers and select retail stores in China when the Windows 10 upgrade is available. This will help customers quickly and easily upgrade their new or existing Windows devices to Windows 10. Lenovo also announced their commitment to build Windows phones, to be available in mid-year 2015 via China Mobile.
  • Tencent, the leading social networking and gaming services company in China, announced it will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to its customers on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in China, and include QQ, Tencent Video and Tencent PC Manager in the Windows 10 free upgrade pack. Tencent will create a Windows 10 universal app for their flagship QQ app, which has over 800 million customers in China, and bring their most popular PC games, such as “League of Legends,” “Cross Fire” and “Dungeon & Fighter” to Windows 10 and the new Windows store.

  • Qihu 360, a leading internet security company in China, announced it will bring Windows 10 for free to their customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360, with over 500 million customers on Windows PCs, will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks with accelerated download speeds.
  • Through a new program with Xiaomi, one of the top smartphone distributors in the world, a select group of Xiaomi Mi 4 power users will be invited to help test Windows 10 and contribute to its future release later this year. These power users will have the opportunity to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview – installing it and providing their feedback to Microsoft.

Hardware Innovations Enabled by Windows 10

One of the predominant goals of WinHEC is to showcase opportunities Windows 10 presents to hardware and device manufacturers. Windows Hello is one of the new innovations that I was excited to show onstage for the first time.

Windows Hello* will make Windows 10 more personal by providing instant access to your devices through biometric authentication – using your face, iris or fingerprint to unlock your devices – with technology that is significantly safer than traditional passwords. We’re working closely with our hardware partners to deliver Windows Hello-capable devices that will ship with Windows 10. We are thrilled that all OEM systems incorporating the Intel RealSense F200 sensor will fully support Windows Hello, including automatic sign-in to Windows. You can read more about Windows Hello here.

Today, we also shared how Windows 10 will support today’s maker boards, enabling makers to do amazing things with Windows in the fast-growing Internet of Things space.

For the first time, a new version of Windows for small footprint IoT devices will be available – for free – when Windows 10 launches. Windows 10 will offer versions of Windows for a diverse set of IoT devices, ranging from powerful devices like ATMs and ultrasound machines, to resource constrained devices like gateways. Through key partnerships with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Intel, Qualcomm and others, we will provide great options for commercial devices builders, hobbyists and students.

We also introduced the Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C to the Windows 10 device family. The Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C is the first Windows 10 developer board with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, and a smartphone-class Snapdragon 410 chipset.

Windows 10 is the only platform that supports innovation across such a broad family of hardware and we are committed to investing in the success of our partners and supporting their development activities.

I can’t wait to see how amazing companies around the world will continue to innovate with devices running Windows 10. Working together I know we can create some incredible experiences with Windows 10 that will truly delight our customers.

Terry

* Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors.   

Melco Group and Microsoft announce patent agreement

NAGOYA, Japan, and REDMOND, Wash. — March 16, 2015 — On Monday, Melco Holdings Inc., parent company of Buffalo Inc. and Buffalo Group (“Melco Group”), and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC, announced a patent agreement providing Melco Holdings coverage for its Linux- and Android-based devices under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

“With this agreement, we are pleased to build on prior patent licensing arrangements with Melco,” said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president and executive director of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “Our ongoing partnership with Melco demonstrates that patent licensing remains an exceptionally efficient way for companies to mutually exchange rights to technologies that lead to enhanced innovations for consumers.”

Microsoft and Melco Holdings have previously worked together via business and patent agreements to bring high-quality products to consumers. The company is also a global partner of Microsoft, manufacturing Windows-certified PC peripherals. The agreement includes Buffalo-branded network attached storage devices and routers, as well as tablets. The terms of the agreement are confidential.

“Our agreement with Microsoft ensures that our customers can be confident our world-class infrastructure technology delivers them not only the solution they need but the appropriate intellectual property coverage,” said Tamio Matsuo, executive vice president of Melco Holdings Inc.

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Buffalo Inc.

Buffalo Inc., based in Nagoya, Japan, is a leading global provider of award-winning networking, storage and multi-media solutions for the home and small business environments as well as for system builders and integrators. With three decades of networking and computer peripheral experience, Buffalo has proven its commitment to delivering innovative, best-of-breed solutions that have put the company at the forefront of infrastructure technology. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit www.buffalotech.com.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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Microsoft collaborates with leading companies to bring value to customers

ATLANTA — March 17, 2015 — At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Tuesday announced several new partnerships with industry leaders that will help businesses enable data culture within their organizations and provide critical insights to help deliver amazing experiences to their customers.

Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor Co. will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network, powered by the scalable and reliable Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. Ford and Lincoln owners will benefit from the convenience of new connectivity services that keep them better informed and in control of their vehicles at all times. Building the cloud-based Ford Service Delivery Network on the Azure platform enables Ford to quickly bring new connected features to market, quickly scale up global availability and provide flexibility for future customer offerings. More information on this announcement can be found on the Business Matters blog.

Following the disclosure of the Spring ’15 release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015, Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. These collaborations demonstrate the continued investment Microsoft is making in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform to make it easier for partners to work with the solution and add valuable capabilities to meet the specific needs of customers.

Microsoft and InsideSales.com, a leading cloud-based sales acceleration technology company, will offer its complete sales acceleration platform, which includes PowerDialer, PowerStandings, NeuralView and Vision, to customers using the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform. The availability of these solutions will give customers the ability to apply science to sales data to more easily and efficiently contact the right targets, close deals and increase revenue. More information can be found at http://www.insidesales.com/about-us/news/press-releases/microsoft-dynamics-global-isv-partner.

Microsoft and FieldOne Systems on Tuesday announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. FieldOne Sky offers customers a holistic solution to enterprise field service organizations, addressing Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers’ strategic business objectives to provide a world-class customer experience in the field while maximizing operational efficiency and mobile workforce productivity. More information on this relationship is at http://blog.fieldone.com/fieldone-and-microsoft-sign-strategic-global-isv-agreement.

Deepening a strategic partnership with DocuSign Inc., Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM) platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users around the world. The partnership will help Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers leverage these digital capabilities to help sales teams close deals more quickly, easily and securely in the cloud for faster speed to revenue and a better customer experience. More information on this partnership can be found at https://www.docusign.com/press-releases/microsoft-brings-docusign-digital-transaction-management-to-dynamics-crm-users.

Enabling customers to troubleshoot, monitor and analyze performance between their site and their Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online instance running within Microsoft’s datacenters, Microsoft on Tuesday announced a collaboration with ThousandEyes Inc., a performance analytics company that enables customers to monitor, identify and resolve network performance issues. More on this collaboration is at https://www.thousandeyes.com/press-releases/microsoft-dynamics-crm-partnership.

Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software Inc., which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The new capabilities will include rule-based, multichannel feedback capabilities, allowing users the ability to include customer feedback directly into service, sales and marketing engagements. More information is at http://fusionsoftware.com/voice-of-the-customer-gets-louder-for-microsoft-with-uk-software-acquisition.

More information and news from Convergence 2015 is available at http://news.microsoft.com/convergence2015. Those who want to follow and engage with the Microsoft Twitter community can do so at @MSFTConvergence using #CONV15.

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