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.
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.
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.
General Manager, Operating Systems Group – IoT
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
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.
* Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors.
Dell is making some pretty substantial updates to the XPS 13. The new XPS 13 comes with an UltraSharp Quad HD+ (4k) infinity display that has a tiny 5.2mm bezel. The new display on the XPS 13 boasts an incredible 5.7 million pixels. So as you can imagine – photos and videos look amazing on this PC. The new XPS 13 comes powered by 5th generation Intel Core processors and SSDs for enhanced performance. It also has more than 15 hours of battery life! The new XPS 13 will be available today on Dell.com starting at $799.99 (U.S.).
Dell is also updating the XPS 15 to also include an UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD touch display which boasts over 8 million pixels. The new XPS 15 will be available soon on Dell.com starting at $2,349 (U.S.).
Alienware 15 and 17:
The new Alienware 15 and 17 laptops are designed for performance and gaming scalability and suited for every gamer’s needs. They are 20% thinner than their predecessors and use full-powered performance components without throttling. They also come powered by Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and NVIDIA GTX 980m graphics. They are also compatible with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. You can connect the Intel Core i7 versions of the Alienware 15 and 17 to the Alienware Graphics Amplifier and have it automatically overclocked for you. The Alienware 15 and 17 are available starting today from Dell.com. The Alienware 15 starts at $1,199 (U.S.) and the Alienware 17 starts at $1,499 (U.S.).
Inspiron Family Updates:
Dell has also announced several updates to PCs in their Inspiron family. The new Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptops will 5th generation Intel Core processors and a 4K Ultra HD display option. The Inspiron 15 7000 Series is available today from Dell.com starting at $1,099.99 (U.S.).
The Inspiron 15 5000 Series and Inspiron 23 All-in-One desktop will now include the Intel RealSense 3D Camera Front F200. With the Intel RealSense 3D camera, people can interact with apps and games without the use of the mouse and keyboard and the camera can do 3D scanning for 3D printing. The Inspiron 15 5000 Series will also come with 5th generation Intel Core processors. The Inspiron 15 5000 Series with Intel ReaSense 3D camera is available today from Dell.com starting at $749.99 (U.S.). The Inspiron 23 All-in-One with Intel RealSense 3D camera will be available starting today at Dell.com starting at $1,599 (U.S.).
Dell is also announcing an exclusive Special Edition Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 coming in March as part of Dell’s “Only @ Best Buy” collection. It’ll have a new design that has curved edges, a metal palm rest, and a diamond-cut touchpad. The Inspiron 13 7000 Series 2-in-1 has a 360-degree hinge that allows the PC to be flipped between laptop, tent, easel and tablet modes.
Origin has announced new EON17-X and EON15-X high-performance laptops for gamers, artist, and professionals. These new laptops feature the power of desktop processors – with Intel’s latest Z97 chipset.
Amazingly, they are up to 37.5% thinner and 30% lighter than the previous generation. They also run NVIDIA’s next-gen Maxwell-powered GeForce 970M or 980M graphics card that supports hyper-realistic gameplay that supports up to 4K gaming resolutions at smooth frame rates. They also both support support Origin’s state of the art CPU overclocking. The EON17-X and EON15-X are the thinnest and lightest laptops with desktop processors that Origin has ever offered.
Origin has also announced their all new EON15-S thin and light laptop for gamers. It’s 36% thinner and 25% lighter than the previous generation and sports incredible graphics performance with Intel’s latest i7 mobile CPU’s and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980M graphics card.
All three of these new laptops support up to 32GB of memory, 4k gaming, backlit full-size keyboards, and up to 4 storage models with multiple RAID 0/1 options and support for M.2 SATA, SSDs, and HDD up to 4TB.
ASUS has announced several new Transformer Book Chi 2-in-1 PCs today including the Transformer Book Chi T300, T100, and T90.
The Transformer Book Chi T300 is a new detachable ultra-thin 2-in-1 laptop with an elegant aluminum design with a stylish metallic cover and diamond-cut edges. The insanely thin tablet (just 7.6mm thin) detaches from the keyboard with an easy dock and release magnetic design. It has beautiful 12.5-inch WQHD display (2560×1440) with multi-touch and TrueVivid technology for brighter and sharper images. Its display has a pixel density of 235ppi. The full-size keyboard features an ergonomic design. Its trackpad also supports gestures.
ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said that the Transformer Book Chi T300 will “will come with Intel Core M processor which will make it twice as fast as the MacBook Air” so it’ll be pretty powerful. And it has up to 8 hours of battery life. You can also pick up an option Active Pen for handwriting and taking notes in OneNote.
The Transformer Book Chi T100 is a new ultra-mobile detachable 2-in-1 laptop that is also super thin at just 7.2mm. It features a streamlined aluminum unibody design with a metallic cover. It has a Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display and comes powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor. It also supports the optional Active Pen for note-taking. The Transformer Book Chi T100 comes with a 1 year subscription of Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
The Transformer Book Chi T90 is smaller ultra-mobile detachable 2-in-1 laptop that also has a streamlined aluminum unibody design with a metallic cover. It has an 8.9-inch display (1280×800) and is also powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor. And it also comes with a 1 year subscription of Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
These new Transformer Book Chi PCs from ASUS can be a laptop when you need it to be – or a tablet when you need it to be.
The Transformer Book Chi T300, T100, and T90 will be available in February. The Transformer Book Chi T300 will start at $699 (U.S.) with Full HD, the Transformer Book Chi T100 will start at $399 (U.S.), and the Transformer Book Chi T90 will start at $299 (U.S.).
Today, HP has announced three new products that will further expand their robust business and consumer portfolio. Please welcome the HP Pavilion Mini Desktop, HP Stream Mini Desktop and ZBook Workstation to the HP family.
If space is at a premium in your house, then don’t miss the HP Pavilion and HP Stream Mini Desktops. These Mini Desktops are exactly what they sound like—mini! They have a very compact designed are made to be tucked away, detracting from clutter not adding to it.
The Pavilion Mini Desktop is just a hair over 2 inches tall and weighs only 1.6 pounds, so imagine a full desktop computer that can fit in the palm of your hand. It is powered by Windows and up to an Intel Core i7 processor, so you can surf the web, play games, work on homework, edit pictures and so much more with ease. The Pavilion Mini Desktop has a DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity so that you can connect to monitors and other devices like your TV.
The HP Stream Mini Desktop is more affordable and has some different offerings that then HP Pavilion. It has a 32 GB SSD for extra speed and comes with 200 GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for two year so you will have lots of space for your files, documents and phots. Plus, you also get at $25 gift card for the Windows Store to purchase apps, Xbox games, music and more. If you are a color lover you are also in luck because the Stream Mini Desktop comes in Cobalt Blue.
Now moving on to the HP ZBook 14 and 15u—HPs latest offerings for business. These second generation workstations are workhorses! These notebooks come in 14” and 15.6” sizes and offer customization options so that you can get the best configuration for your business needs.
Running Windows, powered by Intel’s 5th Generation Core processor, AMD graphics, up to 16 GB of memory and up to 1.25 TB of storage, you will basically be ready for anything work can throw your way. The ZBook 14 has an optional touch display and both of these workstations underwent 115,000 hours of testing in the HP Total Test Process.
If you are excited to get your hands on these products for yourself you will only have to wait a matter of weeks! The HP Pavilion Mini Desktop will start at $319 and HP Stream Mini Desktop will start at an impressive $179.00—this price includes the bundled keyboard and mouse. They are expected to be available in the US on January 14th on HP’s website and at select retailers on February 8th. The ZBook workstations are expected to be available worldwide in January starting at $1,249 for the 14” and $1,199 for the 15”. For more information be sure to check out HP’s press release.
The Aspire R 13 and Aspire Switch 12 are 2-in-1 convertible PCs. Both feature the ability to transition into 5 different modes including tablet, tent or laptop. The Aspire R 13 has a special hinge – the Acer Ezel Aero hinge – that enables the 13.3-inch display rotate 180 degrees. The Aspire Switch 12 has a 12.5-inch display with a unique kickstand design that features a magnetic and latch-less detachable keyboard. And the Aspire S7 Ultrabook is built super thin with an all-aluminum unibody design. The Aspire R 13 and Aspire S7 featuring 5th Generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac wireless will be available worldwide in January. The Aspire Switch 12 featuring the new Intel Core M processor will be available in the United States and Canada in early 2015. Exact specifications, prices and availability will vary by region.
Acer has also announced they are bringing the Intel RealSense 3D camera to its powerful line of V Nitro Black Edition series PCs. The Intel RealSense 3D camera can understand and respond to natural movement in 3 dimensions – allowing people to interact with games, open web pages or navigate apps without needing to touch the PC’s keyboard or trackpad. People can also use the Intel RealSense 3D camera for 3D scanning and printing. The V 17 Nitro Black Edition has a 17.3-inch Full HD display and comes powered by a 4th generation Intel Core Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics, and up to 16GB of memory. You also get the option of either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. And it comes with 802.11ac wireless. The V 17 Nitro Black Edition is perfect for any professional or consumer power user (and PC gamer!). Acer V Nitro Black Edition series PCs featuring the Intel RealSense 3D camera will be available worldwide in January with exact specs, pricing, and availability varying by region.
Dell today has announced an updated version of their Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series business tablet. Dell has made the Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet 15 percent thinner and now has a fan-less design. It comes powered by the latest Intel Core M processors and has a stunning 10.8-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display. The Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet can be configured for additional security features including 2-factor authentication with integrated SmartCard reader and fingerprint reader â making this tablet one of the most secure Windows tablets in the industry.
Dell also offers a docking station for the Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series to connect up to a larger display and mouse and keyboard for a full PC experience. And if you want a laptop experience â Dell also provides a thin travel keyboard.
The updated Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 Series tablet will be priced starting at $699.99 and available beginning Nov. 11th on Dell.com in the U.S.
HP has unveiled a powerful and innovative new immersive computing platform today that comes with Windows 8.1 and a Natural User Interface (NUI) experience that lets you physically interact with the digital world. I havenât seen an All-in-One before that is quite like thisâ¦
Sprout by HP has a unique desktop All-in-One form factor that includes a vertical 23-inch 20-point multi-touch display and a 20-point capacitive touch mat that lets you capture, create, move, and manipulate digital content with your hands. This touch mat can serve as a keyboard too (although it ships with a wireless keyboard and mouse as well).
It also includes a capture and projection system â the Sprout Illuminator â that combines multiple devices such as a scanner, a depth sensor, high-resolution camera, and projector into a single system. It has a HP DLP projector built right in. It has a four-camera sensory system that includes a high resolution camera with up to 14.6 megapixel resolution and the Intel RealSense 3D Camera for instant capture of 2D and 3D objects. This system can capture and project dimensional images. Thatâs really cool.
It also includes Adonit Jot Pro stylus with incredible accuracy with a magnetic attachment that allows for easy storage on the Sprout by HP monitor.
So letâs take someone who does a lot of work with 3D models for example, or simply wants to try their hand at working with 3D content. With Sprout by HP, this person could take a physical model, or any physical object, they may have created and use the Sprout Illuminator to capture it using HP 3D Snapshot. They could manipulate the 3D image within HPâs Create app or transfer to a 3D modeling application where they could edit the image further. They could even project this 3D image with the Sprout Illuminator or collaborate in real time with friends or colleagues from anywhere, via HP MyRoom.
On the inside, Sprout by HP is built for performance. It comes powered by a 4th generation Intel i7 Processor, 8GB of memory, and NVIDIA graphics. It also has plenty of storage with 1TB.
Sprout by HP will be available in the U.S. for pre-order on October 29th and in select retail stores on November 9th starting at $1,899 (U.S.), including select Microsoft Retail Stores nationwide.
Sprout by HP really does give creators a new way of interacting with both physical and digital content. For more information on Sprout by HP visit sprout.hp.com.
Today, Lenovo has announced two new convertible PCs â the YOGA 3 Pro and YOGA Tablet 2.
The YOGA 2 Pro was thin-and-light but the new YOGA 3 Pro is even thinner and lighter. The YOGA 3 Pro shaves off nearly 17 percent of its predecessorâs frame as is only 12.8mm thin. Thatâs thinner than a pencil when opened. And it also weighs 14 percent lighter than its predecessor at only 1.19kg which is lighter than a bottle of water. So how did Lenovo accomplish this? The YOGA 3 Pro has a new watchband hinge built from more than 800 pieces of steel and aluminum.
Lenovoâs engineers completely redesigned the original YOGA hinge so that it now has the same that it has the same degree of flexibility and flatness as seen in metallic watch bands â which is why they are calling it a âwatchband hingeâ. The YOGA 3 Pro design comes in 3 colors: Clementine Orange, Platinum Silver or Champagne Gold.
The YOGA 3 Pro comes with a beautiful 13.3-inch QHD+ 3200×1800 display built with Gorilla Glass for durability. The screen looks amazing for doing things in all four modes â Laptop mode, Stand mode, Tent mode or Tablet mode. You not only get stunning video from the YOGA 3 Pro, but also stunning audio with premium JBL speakers with Waves Audio that automatically adjust depending on what mode the YOGA 3 Pro is in so that you get great audio even if the speakers arenât facing the user.
On the inside, the YOGA 3 Pro is powered with up to an Intel Core M processor with Intel integrated graphics and up to a 512GB SSD for storage boasting 9 hours of battery life. It also comes with 802.11 a/c wireless.
The Lenovo YOGA 3 Pro will be available beginning at the end of October in Best Buy stores and www.lenovo.com starting at $1,349 (U.S.).
Lenovo is also announcing the new YOGA Tablet 2 in 8-inch and 10-inch models powered by an Intel Atom processor. The YOGA Tablet 2 includes the 3 original modes â Hold, Tilt, and Stand â as well as a new fourth mode called Hang. Hang mode lets users hang the device to display content. It also comes with a 1-year subscription of Office 365. For more on the YOGA Tablet 2 â click here. The YOGA Tablet 2 with Windows 10-inch version will be available in late October in Best Buy stores starting at $399.99 (U.S). The 8-inch version will be available on www.lenovo.com in November starting at $299.99 (U.S.).