Microsoft has been talking up the various devices and partners associated with its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system at this week’s Computex conference at the Taipei International Convention Center.
In addition to the new and upgraded features of the OS itself – including Windows Hello, the new Microsoft Edge browser, and upgraded AI assistant Cortana – Microsoft VP Nick Parker also highlighted a number of devices from the organization’s hardware partners. For example, the new Dell XPS 15 is optimized for Windows 10; and a new PC from Toshiba takes advantage of Windows Hello to offer built-in biometric security via a camera-based facial recognition system.
Parker also discussed the company’s forays into the emerging Internet of Things market, largely via a new partnership with Toshiba. That will see the development of Windows- and Azure-powered IoT products, with the companies looking specifically at building solutions for the logistics and transportation industry, such as a video recorder designed to monitor and analyze driver behavior.
The company is also delving into the related smart home market with a home-automation system – powered by Windows 10 – called Crestron Pyng. It aims to connect various emerging smart home devices like lighting systems, thermostats, door locks, and so on; and it will face some stiff competition from the various other smart home systems that are starting to emerge.
In any case, Microsoft seems to be going for a comprehensive approach as it launches its latest flagship operating system, with a range of connected products and services complementing the new offering – a reflection of the growing technological interconnectedness of our digital world.