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Microsoft: Windows 10 to be released this summer

Windows 10 will be released this summer. Microsoft's announcement placed a lot of emphasis on the Chinese market, as the company revealed multiple partnerships with Chinese tech companies.

Terry Myerson, the chief of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, officially announced that Windows 10 will be released later this summer. Although the Microsoft official did not mention a specific release date, Myerson did say that Windows 10 will be launched in 190 countries and 111 languages.

The official announcement was made at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community Summit (WinHEC) in Shenzhen, China. Myerson also took the opportunity to announce partnerships with several Chinese tech companies, with the Windows-chief leaving the impression that the Chinese market will be of crucial importance for the future of Windows 10.

Myerson also reconfirmed that Windows 10 will come as a free update to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 customers. To help with upgrading Chinese customers to Windows 10, Microsoft has teamed up with Lenovo, the world's largest PC maker on the globe. Lenovo will offer "Windows 10 upgrade services at 2,500 service centers and select retail stores in China". Myerson also announced that Lenovo is expected to launch a Windows smartphone with China Mobile at some point in mid-2015. The Microsoft official also unveiled a couple of additional strategic partnerships with security company Qihoo 360 and social networking and gaming giant Tencent.

In addition to all of the information above, yesterday Microsoft also announced a new feature that will be integrated in Windows 10. Called Windows Hello, the technology will allow users to sign into their profiles using biometric sensors such as fingerprint readers, retina scanners, or facial recognition. If your machine doesn't come with any of these sensors, then the traditional username and password system will still work.


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Mihai Andrici, 2015-03-18 (Update: 2015-03-18)