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Bill Gates and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
‘Delivering customer experiences in the mobile-first and cloud-first world’: Bill Gates and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (right). Photo supplied

Microsoft moves forward with next generation innovations

Microsoft continues to drive productivity through new innovations. With Windows 10, Microsoft brings a new computing era to life, creating a completely new way to interact with technology and bringing next-generation innovations into reality.

Microsoft is a productivity and platform company for “mobile-first, cloud-first world,” delivered through Lumia and other devices, which aims to produce enough computing power to use technology to its full potential.

In a public email to all Microsoft employees on the first day as Microsoft CEO in July 2014, Satya Nadella made it clear that the new generation of Windows 10 would excel in productivity.

“In order to deliver the experiences our customers need for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, we will modernize our engineering processes to be customer-obsessed, data-driven, speed-oriented and quality-focused,” he said.

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By creating technology that comes to life, not only on a screen, but off-screen as well, “mobile-first, cloud-first world” brings computing technologies to the new heights. In order to do this, billions of sensors, screens and devices will form a vast network and a stream of data, allowing for greater technological mobility across a range of people and industries.

“We will develop and deploy secure platforms and infrastructure that enable all industries. And we will strike the right balance between using data to create intelligent, personal experiences, while maintaining security and privacy,” Microsoft CEO Nadella said.

Windows 10 will enhance all existing Window’s products with new features, as well as introduce two new devices, creating a completely new way to interact with technology.

“Windows 10 marks the beginning of the more personal computing era in the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Nadella.

“Our ambition is for the 1.5 billion people who are using Windows today to fall in love with Window 10 and for billions more to decide to make Windows home,” he added.

For Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.2 and Phone 8.1, the new Windows 10 will be free for those who upgrade in the first year.

A major innovation presented with Windows 10 is expanding all Window products to be used on any Windows PC, tablet or smart phone. For example, Microsoft personal digital assistant “Cortana,” debuted last year on Windows phones as a personal helper that learns from individual preferences to provide relevant recommendations, will also be available on all Windows 10 PCs and tablets.

Some of the new innovations found in Windows 10 include new Xbox Live and Xbox app features, new Microsoft Office features and a new web browser named “Project Spartan”—a Microsoft browser featuring a distraction-free reading board, the integration of Cortana and the ability to type with a keyboard as well as a pen directly on the webpage.

In addition, the generation of Windows 10 brings two new devices into play: the Microsoft HoloLens and the Microsoft Surface Hub.

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The Microsoft HoloLens, which is the world’s first holographic computing platform, provides a way to create three-dimensional holograms in the real world without wires, phones or PCs. With advanced technology sensors, a next-generation system on a chip and a new Holographic Processing Unit (HPU), Microsoft HoloLens understands what the user is doing in the world around them. While Windows 10 APIs enable developers to create experiences in the real world, HoloLens users can access information, enjoy entertainment and communicate in a whole new way by shifting the traditional machine-centric view into a three-dimensional experience.

Targeting larger groups, Surface Hubs is a new large-screen device aimed to help teams in the workplace by providing multi-touch and digital inking, built-in cameras, sensors and microphones that take full advantage of Windows 10, Skype for Business and Office 365, delivering the feeling of working in a collaborative space. By featuring state of the art digital white boarding, instant remote conferencing a trusted platform for large-screen apps and the ability for multiple people to share and edit content on the screen from multiple sources, Surface Hubs breaks the limitations of a traditional work setting— namely distance.

All these innovations come under the new leadership of Nadella, who has heralded in a new era of productivity.

These products are all in sync with Nadella’s vision that accompanies Windows 10, a product which focuses on driving productivity across a vast range of people and industries.

“In this new world, there will soon be more than 3 billion people with Internet-connected devices – from a farmer in a remote part of the world with a smartphone, to a professional power user with multiple devices powered by cloud service-based apps spanning work and life,” he said.

Microsoft’s vision is to empower people to achieve more. This is very true for Cambodia as the country shifts to the next phase of development with more competition, improvements in productivity and more young people using technology every day.

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