Microsoft has unveiled a host of new Windows 10 PCs during its keynote address at this year’s Computex.
Nick Parker, corporate VP for Microsoft’s OEM division spoke about the range of devices, new form factors, and partner revenue opportunities.
The new Windows 10 PCs include:
• Acer Z3-710 – an all-in-one PC in a slim 1.4-inch-thin chassis
• Asus Transformer Book T100HA – a 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable keyboard that boasts up to 14 hours of battery life and a tablet measuring 8.45mm and 580g
• Asus Zen AiO Z240 – this features the latest quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU, gaming-grade NVIDIA GTX 960M graphics, a 3D camera and a six-speaker stereo sound system
• Dell XPS 15 – shown publicly for the first time and optimised for Windows 10, it features the same almost borderless InfinityEdge display from the XPS 13
• HP x2 – a 2-in-1 ‘tablet first’ detachable with a magnetic hinge design that makes the device flexible and can switch from Windows 10 tablet to PC mode instantly
• A new HP tablet
• A new Toshiba PC which enables Windows Hello using biometric security technology, including a face-authentication camera, an Ultra HD 4K screen and optimisation for Cortana
Along with the new PCs, Parker also demonstrated two new form factors; the FoxConn Kangaroo, which turns your TV into a Windows PC, and the Quanta Compute Plug, which is a mini-PC in the form of a power adapter instead of a stick.
Parker was joined onstage Roanne Sones, general manager of Windows Engineering, who demonstrated the latest innovations in Cortana, Continuum, Microsoft Edge and Windows Hello, and discussed how DirectX 12 will improve the gaming experience, as well as the opportunity for OEMs to develop unique hardware to light up these new capabilities.
"Our device partners continue to push the envelope of innovation, developing stunning PCs that are sure to delight customers. And our commitment to broaden the ecosystem opportunity with Windows 10 is revolutionising how people interact with their devices and create new opportunities for revenue growth," said Parker.
In other Windows 10 news, a leaked slide from Intel has made the rounds on the net, revealing a Compute Stick product roadmap including Win 10 W/Bing, suggesting that Windows 10 may be available with Microsoft’s Bing search engine.