Today, Microsoft unleashed a salvo of news regarding Windows 10. Whether it was news for the desktop OS, gaming or something about holograms, there was something for everyone. After the main event, the press spent a good five hours in private tours of Microsoft's new announcements. Although video was not allowed, there was plenty of nitty-gritty that they revealed. First up, Skype.
Microsoft demoed how the Messaging app on Windows 10 for phone lets users switch between Skype messaging or SMS. This change is a total throwback to the early Windows Phone days with the Messaging Hub, and it's a welcome return. However, what about the Skype app—do you still need it for Windows 10 on the phone?
No, you don't. You can still install if you want to, but Skype is native to the Windows 10 OS.
What did we learn about Windows 10 from Microsoft's latest event? A whole lot, as it happens
The dust has settled but the excitement hasn't died down – and probably won't for a long time to come. Microsoft has delivered its "Windows 10: The next chapter" event out at its campus in Redmond and it didn't disappoint. Going into it we had only ideas at what we might see, but there were a whole lot of things that we weren't ready for.
There was a lot to take in during the presentation, but already there are some parts of it that stand above the others. We learned a lot about Windows 10 the platform, the future, and even saw some hot new hardware.
So, here's 10 things we learned about the next chapter of Windows 10.
The Windows 10 press event may be over, but the release of the next version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview is due sometime next week. Today, Microsoft released a lengthy video, featuring operating system VP Joe Belfiore, that offers a tour of some of the new features that will be included in Windows 10.
Xbox leader Phil Spencer talked about gaming during the Windows 10 press event today, but he may have also made a not-so-subtle hint for a possible upcoming game. He happened to be wearing a t-shirt with a Battletoads silver logo during his presentation.
The Windows Insider program has been pushing out Windows 10 Technical Previews since the latest version of Microsoft's OS was first announced. After today's event up in Redmond, there's no doubts a lot more people who are excited to try out those shiny new builds – including for phones – for themselves. A lot of great announcements came our way, so if you're not already a Windows Insider, now is probably a good time to get in on it.
A new report from Microsoft's Windows 10 press event today confirms that the upcoming DirectX 12 graphics API will only be for Windows 10 users. In other words, Windows 7 and 8 PC owners will have to take advantage of Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 for one year to get the benefits of DirectX 12.
It looks like lots of Lumia apps for Windows Phone, including Panorama, Selfie, and Video Trimmer, have gotten the update treatment today. While there are no current changelogs listed for the updates, other than support for more devices in video trimmer and video upload, you may want to go ahead and grab them in hopes of squashing some bugs.
While Windows 10 in its phone form only got a partial look – expect to see more at MWC at the beginning of March – ahead of the highly anticipated preview builds pushing out, we did at least get a little snippet of information many Windows Phone users have been wanting to hear. Microsoft is committed to building a Windows 10 flagship smartphone later this year.
About a month back, there were rumors that the Facebook-owned and very popular messenger service WhatsApp would soon be available on your computer via the web. Today, the folks at Whatsapp have pulled it off.
The new web client is an extension of the data from your phone, displayed in a Google Chrome page. It's simple to set up, and as long as your phone has a data connection you'll be able to send and receive messages via the WhatsApp service right from your PC.
Holograms. You know, those shiny light things that are real, but not real, but everyone wants one from the movies? They're here. Sort of. Microsoft dedicated a section of its Windows 10 event to talk to the audience about holograms. "Make it so simple that technology would just disappear."
Microsoft showed off an all new product as part of its Windows 10 event today. The Microsoft HoloLens is a wearable holographic computer with high-definition see-through lenses that promises to take virtual reality technology to a new level.
Microsoft used its Windows 10 press event today to show off an all new hardware device for Windows 10. The Microsoft Surface Hub is an 84-inch touchscreen device with a 4K display. The device would seem to be a new version of Microsoft's large Perceptive Pixel products but under the Surface branding
Gaming on Windows 10 wasn't the only new advancement Microsoft spoke about at its Windows 10 event today. The company also touched on bringing Windows 10 to Xbox One. No, this doesn't mean you'll be editing Excel documents on your console, but you will be seeing some interesting features coming to Xbox One in the coming months.
Xbox leader Phil Spencer Demoed Forza Horizon 2 streaming on the Xbox One to a Windows 10 PC. Users can stream any Xbox One game to a Windows 10 PC or tablet on the same network. They can open their Windows 10 device and view any game installed on the Xbox One, and open the game interface on the PC. The streaming game feature works with any game controller.
Today at Microsoft's Windows 10 event, it was announced that Fable Legends, the next game from Lionhead Studios, will be coming not only to the Xbox One, but the PC as well. Fable Legends will have support for DirectX 12, as well as cross-platform multiplayer between Xbox One and PCs running Windows 10.