Friday, 12 December 2014 09:41

OFFICIAL: Windows 10 Consumer Preview 21 January 2015 event Featured


If you’ve been waiting to see what consumer focused goodies Microsoft is manufacturing for inclusion within Windows 10, the wait for a post Win8 world is nearly over!

If Windows 8 or 8.1 got your goat, Microsoft is hoping that Windows 10 will rise like a phoenix from the ashes to once again float your boat - when it finally arrives in final form mid 2015.

In the meantime, we can tide you over with the latest Windows 10 news that a consumer focused version will emerge on 21 January 2015, which will be 22 January 2015 for Australians in our down under time zone.

The news comes via Microsoft’s Blogging Windows blog, with well known internal Microsoft blogger, Brandon LeBlanc coming forth with a tiny bit of extra added detail

No doubt Microsoft hopes Windows 10 wipes the slate clean (in more ways than one) when it comes to the not-so-great Windows 8, which has caused many users to draw a blank, but LeBlanc assures us that its January presentation - set to be held in Microsoft’s Redmond campus - will deliver the goods, stating ‘as you can imagine, we’re pretty stoked to show you what’s next for Windows 10!’

He notes that we’ll hear directly from ‘Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer who will talk about the Windows 10 consumer experience’, as well as chief Microsoft bigwig and CEO Satya Nadella.

The event will be webcast live, with another blog post to come in mid January on where to tune-in and watch.

Meanwhile, the latest build of Windows 10, 9879, comes with the new ‘Insider Hub app’, billed as a ‘one-stop shop for all the latest news and announcements regarding the Insider Program.’

The Insider Program is the one anyone downloads the free Windows 10 Technical Preview from Microsoft automatically becomes part of as part of the registration to download process.

The Hub is a place that will feature some exclusive news about Windows 10, so Microsoft asks those interesting to ‘be sure to check it frequently for new information, including notices about new features ready for you to test drive.’

Missions, should you choose to accept them, will also be posted within the Hub, so Insider testers can try out ‘new features’ after which Microsoft hopes you’ll send it feedback.

There’s also the note that finding the Insider Hub seems to be a bit of a mission all its own as it isn’t pinned to the Start Menu or Start Screen, but if you find it and ‘open it at least once so you'll receive notifications from the app on important news and announcements.’

So… we now know more about the next Windows 10 ‘when’, and we know that Cortana and new touch screen features dubbed ‘Continuum’ are coming, but we’re sure there’s a few more surprises up Microsoft’s sleeve to come yet!

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