Windows 10: new details about Cortana, the interface of smartphones and Xbox
Yesterday’s presentation of the Windows 10 gave us a quick look at the main features of the new operating system from Microsoft, while the angle selected by the company, was aimed primarily at corporate clients. However, Microsoft said that everything that was demonstrated yesterday, this is just a small part of the new Windows 10 and, of course, the company is not going to neglect the consumer audience.
New details of Windows 10 will be revealed in 2015, but now, thanks to the contribution of reputable s such as Tom Warren of The Verge, we can highlight some of the key features.
Microsoft mentioned the new search capabilities built into the «start menu», but said nothing about the voice assistant Cortana. This function, says Warren, will not be present in the Technical Preview because it is still being developed, but it will appear in the final version of the operating system.
Cortana will be called using the new search button on the taskbar and its functions are similar to those in Windows Phone: set reminders in the calendar, local search or web etc. currently, Cortana is designed not as a standalone application and as a service to replace the search function.
Windows 10: interface of smartphones and Xbox
The company confirmed that Windows 10 will be a very scalable platform that can adapt to different devices, from smartphones and tablet hybrids to a traditional PC. In fact, Windows 10 is the Foundation on which to build the next major release of Windows Phone. During the presentation about the mobile version was mentioned only in passing, but the footprints of the new platform for smartphones seen on the official image shown during the event. This image, incidentally, reflects the ability of Windows 10 to adapt to different device categories.
If you pay attention to the first three devices, you can see the first hint of the ability of Windows 10 to adapt their interface for smartphones, phablets and small tablets.
It is interesting to note the similarity of the interface on different devices. We have heard repeatedly about the convergence of Windows Phone and Windows. This can be implemented on devices with a diagonal of a certain value (e.g., 7-8 inches) and the official image, it seems, is the first explicit confirmation of this possibility. For the avoidance of doubt, it should be emphasized that due to lack of evidence, it is too early to talk about the removal of the desktop mode for tablets with smaller screens.
Turning to the study of the final part of the series of devices shown on the official picture, you’ll notice another new screen, which is nothing like the new interface of the Xbox. Changes cannot be called radical, since a family resemblance with the current console interface, but it is more consistent with the concept of the Windows 10 UI.
The official image is also visible a small fee, which is reminiscent of the Arduino Yun. This can be seen as indirect confirmation that Windows 10 is suitable for so-called «Internet of things».