Windows 10 IoT: Powering the Internet of Things

Microsoft is making big investments in the Internet of Things (IoT). Earlier this week at Microsoft Convergence 2015, Satya outlined our investments for IoT across Windows and Azure that will provide a comprehensive IoT offering for our customers and partners. In parallel, at WinHEC 2015 in Shenzhen, we provided more details on Windows 10, including our offerings for IoT devices – Windows 10 IoT.

Windows 10 IoT will power a range of intelligent, connected IoT devices. From small devices like gateways, to mobile point- of- sale to powerful industry devices like robotics and specialty medical devices, Windows 10 IoT offers a converged platform for devices with enterprise-grade security from the device to the cloud, and native connectivity for machine-to-machine and machine-to-cloud scenarios with Azure IoT Services.

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To address emerging IoT device categories, we are delivering a new version of Windows 10 for small devices that will be free for Makers and commercial device builders and device services to unlock new scenarios. Additionally, through partnerships with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Intel, and Qualcomm,we will provide a range of developer boards Makers and device builders can use to bring Windows 10 devices to life.

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Windows 10 IoT will be available for device builders and Makers this summer with Windows 10.

We are excited about the next chapter of Windows for IoT devices and will provide more details on our plans soon. Together with our partners we will do great things.

Kevin Dallas
General Manager, Operating Systems Group – IoT

Windows 10 to launch this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages around the world

SHENZHEN, China — March 18, 2015 — At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit on Wednesday, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows, Microsoft Corp., announced that Windows 10 will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages around the world this summer. Myerson also announced a diverse collection of strategic partnerships and initiatives with leading global companies across the greater China region, including Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360. These partnerships will enable hundreds of millions of Windows customers in China to upgrade to Windows 10, driving adoption around the world through ecosystem advancements.

Windows 10 delivers new capabilities that will enable hardware and device manufacturers to create technology, devices and experiences for customers around the world, including Windows Hello.* Unveiled on stage for the first time via a Lenovo ThinkPad YOGA 15, Windows Hello provides instant access to a person’s device through biometric authentication using their face, iris or fingerprint to unlock their device and their services.

“China is a global epicenter for innovation and the home of hundreds of millions of Windows PCs today,” Myerson said. “The Chinese technical community and Chinese customers are vitally important to the future of Windows 10. We’re honored and excited to host WinHEC in Shenzhen and to continue to work with the area’s hardware and software companies to develop groundbreaking devices and consumer experiences that will help shape the future of Windows 10 globally. Via our partnerships, we will make it easy — and free — for hundreds of millions of customers in China to upgrade to Windows 10.”

World-leading partners enable easy and free upgrades to Windows 10

China is one of the top countries in the world for PC adoption, and easy and free upgrades to Windows 10 will be enabled by partnerships with Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360. Myerson was joined by top executives from each company to announce new partnerships to drive Windows 10 upgrades and technology experiences.

Fuyao Tong, vice president of Lenovo Group, general manager of Lenovo China, joined Myerson on stage to discuss the global partnership, close collaboration and innovation the companies are driving together on Windows 10. Lenovo announced it will offer Windows 10 upgrade services at 2,500 service centers and select retail stores in China when the Windows 10 upgrade is available. Lenovo also announced its commitment to build Windows Phones, to be available mid-year 2015 in China via China Mobile.

“As the leading PC manufacturer worldwide, we are pleased to partner with Microsoft to bring Windows 10 to our joint customers,” Tong said. “We are also excited to announce that Lenovo is joining the Windows Phone ecosystem with our first Windows Phone mid-year 2015.”

Microsoft also announced a strategic partnership with Tencent, the leading social networking and gaming services company in China. Tencent will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Tencent customers on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in China via an easy and seamless upgrade. Tencent will create one of the first Windows 10 universal apps for its flagship QQ app, which has over 800 million customers throughout China, and bring its most popular PC games, including “League of Legends,” “Cross Fire” and “Dungeon & Fighter,” to Windows 10 and the new Windows Store.

“Windows 10 delivers a wealth of innovation, and we are thrilled to make it easy for our customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10,” said Martin Lau, president, Tencent. “We are happy to be partnering closely with Microsoft to help millions of our current Windows customers easily upgrade to Windows 10 and experience universal apps, including QQ, and other upcoming services across the new platform. Tencent and Microsoft will continue to work together on a number of Windows 10 initiatives, helping bring the excitement of Windows 10 and Tencent to millions of customers worldwide.”

Qihu 360, a leading Internet security company in China, announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring Windows 10, for free, to its customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360 will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks for their customers with accelerated download speeds. As a result, millions of Qihu 360 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 quickly and easily.

“Windows 10 will continue Qihu 360’s mission to protect computers and make mobile devices more secure,” said Zhou Hongyi, CEO of Qihu 360. “We share over 500 million customers with Windows, and we are confident that our customers will be very happy with the Windows 10 experience we’re creating with Microsoft. We’re excited to deliver this experience to millions of customers in China when Windows 10 launches.”

Through a new program with Xiaomi Inc., 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. They will have the opportunity to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview, install it and provide their feedback to Microsoft.

Hardware innovations enabled by Windows 10

Hardware and device manufacturers have many opportunities to take advantage of new innovations in Windows 10, including Windows Hello, which offers a more personal and secure experience for people and enterprises. Windows Hello enables people to use their face, iris or fingerprint to verify identity and access their devices, supported websites and services more quickly and safely. Biometric data is only secured locally on the device and shared with no one but you. Windows Hello will be available from hardware partners that deliver Windows Hello-capable devices with Windows 10. Spurring availability, Microsoft was joined by Intel to announce that all OEM systems incorporating the Intel® RealSense Technology F200 sensor will fully support Windows Hello, including automatic sign-in to Windows.

Myerson also shared news for Windows 10 and the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT space offers an enormous opportunity to device-makers, businesses and consumers, with an estimated 30 billion autonomous IoT devices deployed in the world by 2020. 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 and Qualcomm, Microsoft will provide compelling options for hobbyists, device-builders and students. Microsoft also introduced the Qualcomm DragonBoard 410C to the Windows 10 device family. It is the first Windows 10 developer board with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS and a smartphone-class Snapdragon 410 chipset.

Additional details discussed at WinHEC in Shenzhen can be found on the Windows blog and Microsoft News Center. More information on the Windows Insider Program and the Technical Previews can be found at http://preview.windows.com.

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

For more information on Windows 10: http://blogs.windows.com/

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Polycom and Microsoft expand relationship through new series of video collaboration solutions for Skype for Business

SAN JOSE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. – March 18, 2015 – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) and Microsoft Corp. announced today an expanded relationship through which Polycom plans to deliver a new series of video collaboration solutions purpose-built for Skype for Business called Polycom® RoundTable®. The first device in this new offering is the Polycom® RoundTable® 100, an affordable and easy-to-use video solution for huddle rooms that will allow small to midsized businesses (SMB) and teams with Skype for Business and Microsoft Lync 2013 to enjoy rich collaboration experiences, including voice, video and content collaboration, simply by logging into their Skype for Business account. The RoundTable 100 will take just minutes to set up and start using, and it will not require corporate domains or on-premises infrastructure, making it easy to use without assistance from IT.

The companies also announced that the Polycom CX series of video collaboration solutions, including the Polycom® CX8000 room system, and the Polycom® CX5100 and Polycom® CX5500 unified conferencing systems, also will become part of the Polycom RoundTable series of products. Together, this series of products is part of Polycom and Microsoft’s efforts to bring the world’s more than 50 million meeting rooms of all shapes and sizes into the digital age, enhancing collaboration for businesses of all sizes. In addition, Polycom® VVX® business media phones will be the first phones to support the forthcoming cloud voice service offering as part of Microsoft Office 365.

“Together, Microsoft and Polycom have a joint vision to deliver collaboration experiences that help our customers defy distance. We are now expanding our solutions to allow SMBs, as well as large enterprises, to reap the benefits of video collaboration,” said Peter Leav, Polycom President and CEO. “Our partnership with Microsoft has never been stronger, and over the years, it has fortified a market demand for collaboration experiences that help make our customers successful.”

Polycom and Microsoft have worked in tandem for more than a decade to make collaboration easier and more intuitive. Since Microsoft’s entry into unified communications, Polycom has developed the broadest portfolio of voice, video and content collaboration solutions that integrate with and are qualified by Microsoft. RoundTable solutions will add to Polycom’s portfolio of more than 40 existing solutions that integrate with Lync and Skype for Business.

“Collaboration is the cornerstone of productivity, and people need tools that work the way they do—across locations and devices,” said Zig Serafin, corporate vice president, Skype Business Services Group, Microsoft. “Throughout our long-standing partnership with Polycom, we’ve shared a goal of delivering collaboration experiences that transform the way people work. The RoundTable 100 serves as another important step in helping businesses of all sizes to realize that goal.”

The Polycom RoundTable 100 for Skype for Business is planned for availability this summer. For more information, please visit www.polycom.com/RoundTable100 or http://next.skypeforbusiness.com.

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About Polycom

Polycom helps organizations unleash the power of human collaboration. More than 400,000 companies and institutions worldwide defy distance with secure video, voice and content solutions from Polycom to increase productivity, speed time to market, provide better customer service, expand education and save lives. Polycom and its global partner ecosystem provide flexible collaboration solutions for any environment that deliver the best user experience, the broadest multi-vendor interoperability and unmatched investment protection.  Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn to learn more.

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New opportunities emerge for cloud service providers

REDMOND, Wash. — March 18, 2015 — With cloud computing now considered a mainstream technology for most companies, new opportunities have emerged for cloud service providers that extend beyond their traditional hosting infrastructure businesses, according to Beyond Infrastructure: Cloud 2.0 Signifies New Opportunities for Cloud Service Providers, a Microsoft Corp.-commissioned study conducted by 451 Research LLC. The study revealed that nearly 70 percent of the opportunity for cloud service providers now centers on application hosting (email and business applications), managed services (backup and disaster recovery), and security services (threat management).

MSFT_2015Hosting_Infographic_v3“For today’s cloud service providers, infrastructure has become only a small part of their overall service offering,” said Aziz Benmalek, general manager, Hosting Service Provider business, Microsoft. “More than 75 percent of customers are now beyond the cloud discovery phase and expect that in three years, almost half of their applications will be deployed in a combination of private and public cloud environments. This presents a significant opportunity for our service provider partners to provide value-added services to their customers. By offering these expanded services, cloud service providers will be able to drive additional consumption, increase revenue and serve as trusted advisors.”

In addition, the study found that the service provider decision-making process has also shifted: Today, decisions are being made at a much higher level than the traditional IT manager. Fifty-two percent of respondents say their CIO or CTO is a primary decision-maker in the evaluation of hosting and cloud services, followed closely by the CEO, who is a primary decision-maker for 44 percent of companies surveyed.

“Hybrid cloud infrastructures are becoming the norm for customers,” said Michelle Bailey, senior vice president, Digital Infrastructure and Data Strategy, 451 Research. “As new decision-makers emerge, so too does the criteria for selecting cloud service providers. Trust, uptime, security, performance and technical expertise are today’s differentiators for a business-ready cloud. It’s not just about having datacenters everywhere at the lowest price. Providers need to build a business that aligns to who they are as a company and who they are supporting. Cloud 2.0 is really about value, redefining cloud computing from a technical specification to a business-ready environment. Enterprises are looking for a trusted end-to-end solution, and ultimately this will involve multiple partners.”

The study also underscored the opportunity for cloud service providers to assist customers with Windows Server 2003 migrations ahead of the July end-of-support date. Of the 73 percent of respondents with a formal Windows Server 2003 migration plan, approximately half will increase their use of hosting and cloud service providers as a result. Almost 50 percent also expect that they will deploy a newer version of Windows Server in multiple on-premises and off-premises hybrid cloud environments.

Cloud service providers can tap into infrastructure solutions such as Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure, as well as applications such as Exchange Online, SharePoint, Lync, Office and Office 365. And with Cloud OS, Microsoft offers customers a comprehensive, consistent cloud solution to bridge customers’ on-premises investments with cloud-based deployments. Microsoft has added 5,000 new hosting service providers in the past 12 months and has the largest hosting community of any vendor.

Beyond Infrastructure: Cloud 2.0 Signifies New Opportunities for Cloud Service Providers was designed and conducted in conjunction with 451 Research (https://451research.com). The study surveyed more than 1,700 hosting and cloud customers across 10 countries from December 2014 through March 2015. 451 Research interviewed customers across small, medium and large enterprises, including IT operations professionals, application developers and marketing professionals. Countries covered in the study span mature and emerging markets, including Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S.

Full research study results can be found at http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/0/B/30B07B25-05CA-46B2-BCF6-1DE845383672/MSFT Hosting End-User Full Slide Set 3.17.15 Complete.pdf.

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.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

Run your business on the go with PayPal Here on your Windows devices

Today PayPal Here is available to download for free from the Windows Store. Now you can get paid on your Windows PC, laptop or tablet with the PayPal Here app. Getting started is easy, simply download the app and sign up to request your mobile card reader.

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Easily select your payment method

PayPal Here is the secure and easy-to-use mobile business app for all your payment needs. Get back-office management, POS, and start accepting credit and debit card payments—in person and on the go with your Windows devices. PayPal Here allows you to run daily, weekly, monthly, even custom sales reports and gives you fast access to your funds.

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View all your sales reports

PayPal is currently running a special promotion, from now until June 15, pay just 1.9% per swipe on eligible U.S. swipe transactions, instead of the regular 2.7%. You can read more about this on the Surface Blog.

With PayPal Here on your Windows devices you’ll enjoy 24/7 live customer support and there are no commitments or monthly fees. Download PayPal Here for free from the Windows Store today.