This week we got a new Windows Insider Preview Build, new options added to the Desktop Bridge, expanded access to customer segmentation and notifications, and finally some big news coming from the Windows Hardware Engineer Conference (also known as WinHec 2016). More details below!
In the latest Insider Preview Build, you’ll find a treasure chest of updates. Our favorites include improvements to Cortana, the Windows Game Bar, Ink and enhancements to the Windows 10 experience in Asia. Click the link in the above title to read the blog post!
Desktop Bridge – Options for bringing Win32 Apps to the UWP
Use the Desktop App Converter to gain access to UWP APIs and simplify your app’s installation process with Windows 10 app packaging technology.
Learn how to convert your app’s installation process to a Windows app package in our latest blog: https://t.co/8fpYvpYkuf
Developers can build customer segments and use the segments to create custom retargeting and reengagement ad campaigns for their UWP apps. Additionally, devs can use these segments to send push notifications. Previously this ability was only available to Windows Insiders. So on that note, we hope you enjoy it!
Learn how to create and schedule custom notifications to send to your users (or a specific group of users). https://t.co/ZPO8nDcJl1
It’s not too good to be true, nor is it some sort of developer witchcraft. It’s real and represents a huge step forward in mobile technology. Here’s a preview of what Windows 10 looks like on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The Windows team would love to hear your feedback. Please keep the feedback coming using our Windows Developer UserVoice site. If you have a direct bug, please use the Windows Feedback tool built directly into Windows 10.
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.
WinHEC Shenzhen will have a great line up of deep technical sessions, executive keynotes, partner demos and discussions led by local, regional and global leaders across the Windows hardware ecosystem.
That said, we know you want to spend time building what’s next, and we’ve built the schedule so attendees can spend time with Windows 10 code and learn how to build the best application, components and hardware that can span PCs, Tablets, Phones, and beyond. In addition to the technical trainings and hands-on labs, we’re offering sessions with Microsoft executives and engineering experts to further discuss how the greater China community as we all work together to make Windows devices great.
The WinHEC Summit represents an important milestone for Microsoft as we continue to engage and partner throughout our Windows ecosystem. The last WinHEC occurred in 2008 and we’re honored that we’re able to start the series off again in Shenzhen. Microsoft looks forward to connecting with and learning from various OEMs, ODMs and other partners in Taiwan, Shenzhen, and the greater China community as we all work together to make Windows devices great.
Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, is slated to keynote on the 18th. WinHEC Shenzhen is designed for executives, engineering managers, engineers and technical product managers at OEMs, ODMs, IHVs and IDHs who work with, or want to work with, Windows technologies. The agenda will consist of deep technical training sessions and hands-on labs across the spectrum of Windows based hardware, ranging from 2-1 PCs to Smartphones and IoT devices, as well as enabling hardware components and peripheral devices. In addition to the technical training tracks, there will also be opportunities to have two-way discussions with Microsoft executives and engineering experts. Specific details on the summit agenda will be disclosed closer to the event. To learn more, please visit http://www.winhec.com/, or to request an invitation, click here.
Every day, Windows hardware partners develop and ship to customers a broad set of innovative devices, ranging from personal mobile electronics like smartphones and tablets, to peripherals and component parts, to laptops, desktops, servers and embedded systems for a wide range of industries. Driving continuous innovation requires deep integration and partnership across our ecosystem. With this in mind, I am pleased to announce we are re-launching WinHEC.
The industry has changed quite a bit since we last held a WinHEC event, with innovation happening at a much quicker pace and across more geographically diverse locations. Because of that, we are evolving WinHEC to be more than a single annual conference. Looking ahead, WinHEC will consist of technical conferences and smaller, more frequent, topic focused workshops that are local to the hardware ecosystem hubs. Also, we have made an important change to what the acronym stands for: Windows Hardware Engineering Community. WinHEC will bring the hardware engineering community together in one place, providing a unique opportunity to interact with technical and business experts from Microsoft, other partners, and customers, facilitating exchange of ideas, best practices, and opportunities.
WinHEC will stay true to its strong technical roots. The agenda will be packed with executive keynotes, deep technical training sessions, hands-on labs, and opportunities for Q&A on topics across the spectrum of Windows-based hardware. For executives, engineering managers, engineers and technical product managers at OEMs, ODMs, IHVs, and IDHs who are working with or want to work with Windows technologies â WinHEC is just for you!
The first WinHEC technical conference will be held in Shenzhen, China on March 18th and 19th. We are excited to be re-launching WinHEC in Shenzhen. The Shenzhen ecosystem consists of a diverse community of hardware companies covering electrical design, software engineering, integration, manufacturing, and all other aspects of the computing-device supply chain.
This is an exciting moment for all of us who work closely with our hardware partner community. I first attended WinHEC as an IHV in 1993 and kept coming back each year it was offered, so it gives me great pride to bring back such an impactful tradition. Based on early feedback from partners we have met, the anticipation and expectations from WinHEC are high. Interested partners can visit the WinHEC website here to sign up to be informed about additional details as they become available over the coming months. We will also be sharing details about WinHEC Taiwan very soon.
So head over to the website, sign up for more information, and I look forward to welcoming you to an upcoming WinHEC event.