As we look toward 2017, Microsoft shared an update on its premier conferences for the year ahead. First, the company said next year its Build conference will held in Seattle from May 10-12, 2017.
Windows 10 Creators Update, and partnerships with Intel and Qualcomm empower Windows hardware engineering community to build the next wave of modern devices for the creator in each of us
Also, Microsoft announced, that from now on Worldwide Partner Conference will now be called " Microsoft Inspire", which will be held July 9-13 in Washington, D.C. "This new name reflects how Microsoft and our partner community inspire each other to innovate and deliver powerful new solutions to customers," Microsoft writes.
Finally, Microsoft Envision event for business leaders now will held alongsided Ignite in Sept. 25-29 of 2017. Today, at WinHEC 2016 in Shenzhen, Microsoft announces new innovation opportunities in mixed reality, gaming and cellular PCs in partnerships with Intel and Qualcomm.
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community event Terry Myerson said, “OEM partners have created more than 300 Windows devices shipping in 75 countries generating more than 8 billion RMB in revenue for Shenzhen partners.” To empower the next wave of modern devices and creativity, he said, new "developments will make mixed reality more mainstream and enable Windows hardware engineers to build innovative PCs that support mixed reality, advanced security, gaming and artificial intelligence."
Also, he said that Windows 10 updates will enable always-connected and more power-efficient cellular PCs. Towards this, a new collaboration with Intel codenamed "Project Evo" is announced, which will enable furture devices to leverage Microsoft and Intel innovations including:
- Far-field speech communications so you can ask Cortana a question or play a song from across the room.
- latest security capabilities to protect devices from malware and hacking threats, advances in biometric authentication with Windows Hello, sophisticated insights from Microsoft's Intelligent Security Graph, additional world-class security intelligence, and analytics from Intel.
- Mixed reality experiences for everyone through affordable PCs and head mounted displays (HMDs) that blend the physical and virtual realities in ways that no other platform can.
- Gaming innovations like eSports, game broadcasting and support for 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG), spatial audio, and Xbox controllers with native Bluetooth.
Microsoft also shared several new ways for making mixed reality a mainstream in 2017–-Customers will gain access to amazing mixed reality content including:
"More than 20,000 universal Windows apps in the catalog
HMDs from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will be available next year, as well as HMD developer kits, which will become available to developers at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
3Glasses, a leading China-based HMDs developer will bring Windows 10 experience to their S1 device in the first half of 2017, "reaching more than 5 million monthly active customers in China."
Microsoft HoloLens, which was submitted to governent of China for approval said will be available to developers and commercial customers in China in the first half of 2017.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft revealed a few details of the minimum PC specs required to power its new Windows Holographic experiences.
Further, he said Windows Holographic shell will be available to all Windows 10 PCs with the Creators Update early next year, and "users will need to purchase a headset to be able to enjoy those virtual reality experiences."
The first wave of VR headsets - which will be built by Microsoft's hardware partners, including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Asus - will cost as little as $299 with varying experiences.
Microsoft also shared details of the full minimum requirements for PCs to power these experiences:
- CPU: Intel Core i5 mobile (6th-generation 'Skylake' or 7th-generation 'Kaby Lake') dual-core CPU with hyperthreading or equivalent
- GPU: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 (GT2) equivalent or greater GPU, DirectX 12-capable
- RAM: 8GB dual channel required for integrated graphics
- HDMI: HDMI 1.4 with 2880x1440px @ 60Hz; or HDMI 2.0; or DisplayPort 1.3 with 2880x1440px @ 90Hz
- HDD: 100GB SSD (preferred) / HDD
- USB: USB 3.0 Type-A or USB 3.1 Type-C port with DisplayPort Alternate Mode
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 for accessories
Further, he said in the future updates, Windows 10 will enable connectivity that is always within reach, and customers will be able buy data directly from Windows Store, and will also able to control their Wi-Fi and cellular networks, consume data, and manage costs.
Partners will be able to build always-connected devices with eSIM technology to build devices without an exposed SIM slot, making it easier for people to activate a data plan right on their device.
Finally, hardware partners will be making a range of new Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs for customers to experience the Windows on a truly mobile, power efficient, always-connected cellular PCs.
These PCs will run x86 Win32 and will be capable to run universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and popular Windows games.
With Windows 10 on cellular PCs, we will help everyone make the most of the air around them. "We look forward to seeing these new devices with integrated cellular connectivity and the great experiences people love like touch, pen and Windows Hello, in market as early as next year," said Myerson.