Microsoft just threw a big press event in New York today, and it might make Apple users nostalgic for Mac’s golden days.
The presentation (video) gave a detailed roadmap for the next Windows 10 release and then showed off some stunning new hardware.
Redefining the direction of an operating system
Microsoft started off with a clip about Windows accessibility, features that help those with vision limitations get more out of their PCs. The tagline was “Matching the ability of the technology with the ability of the person.”
Windows chief Terry Myerson then segued into the state of Windows. Specifically, some 400,000,000 people are now using Win10. And he noted that the number of developers building apps for Win10 has gone up by a factor of three.
Myerson next went surprisingly directly to what’s always the top question: What’s the new name and when will it be out. The short answer is that Windows 10 Creators Update will be released next spring, and it’ll be free for all Windows devices. (I’m sure we all hope that the update will go far smoother than the migration to the Anniversary Update.)
The key theme for Win10 CU is 3D content. Microsoft correctly described our current computing environment as a 2D experience. Emails, documents, images, and so forth are flat. But our physical world is all in three dimensions.
Microsoft’s stated goal is ambitious: giving all Windows users the ability to create three-dimensional content — starting with simple photos and images.