The event started with the Executive Vice President of Devices and Software, Terry Myerson, giving an update on the progress of Windows 10. According to him, 110 million devices now run on Windows 10, 650 billion webpages have been visited on Microsoft’s new Edge browser, Windows users have asked Cortana 1 billion questions, and there have been 1.25 billion visits on the Windows app store since Windows 10 was launched a couple of months ago.
While we are happy about the progress of Windows 10, we were more excited about the devices (three new smartphones, a new Surface tablet, and Microsoft’s first laptop) and the news that were made known during the events. And we have all the details too. So without further ado…
Facebook to launch universal Windows app for Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger
Facebook will build a new universal app for Windows 10 devices that will bring Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger into one app.
There are no details on what the apps will look like or when they will be available, but we’re hoping soon.
Other apps joining in on the bandwagon include Uber, Flipagram, Candy Crush Soda, Box, and many more.
Microsoft Band 2
Microsoft has made it clear that they wish to thrive in another area other than software, smartphones, and tablets, and they’ve done so with the Microsoft Band 2, an activity-tracker. This wearable device has a curved screen and an OLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and can be used for tracking activities such as workouts and sleep.
There is a heart-rate sensor, GPS for tracking pace, a sleep and calorie tracker, smart notifications, and guided workouts. There is also a barometer for elevation and stair-climbing readings. Cortana is also embedded in this device, and she will remind you when you need to workout.
The Microsoft band 2 will then wirelessly sync with the Microsoft Health app (or other third-party apps such as MyFitnessPal) to show you further information about your activities.
Aside from Windows Phone devices, the Microsoft Band 2 works with Android and iOS devices, solidifying Microsoft’s commitment to cross-platform functionality.
The Lumia 550
Everyone was so focused on the high-end devices that they forgot that Microsoft might introduce a budget smartphone also.
The Lumia 550 offers a 4.7-inches display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and pixel density of 315 pixels. The device runs on Snapdragon 210 with 1GB of RAM. There is a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Internal memory is pegged at 8GB, expandable to 200GB. The Lumia 550 is powered by Microsoft Windows 10 and runs on a 2100mAh battery.
The features of this Lumia aren’t all impressive, but let’s not forget that this is a budget Lumia and costs only $139.
The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950XL
The Microsoft Lumia flagships have been leaked several times and now they are finally here. Both devices are the first smartphones that will exhibit the awesomeness that is Windows 10.
They both have similar features and specifications, but what set the two flagships apart is their processor and screen size.
Read our detailed post about the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is finally here, and it comes along with a bigger display, reduced bezels and many more exhilarating features.
According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 4 is the tablet that can change your laptop. The Surface Pro 4 is said to be 30% faster than Microsoft’s previous Surface Pro 3, and 50% faster than Apple’s MacBook Air.
Read our detailed post about the Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Book
The Windows 10 event did not end without Microsoft surprising everyone by launching its very first laptop.
The Surface Book has a 13.5-inch display that is detachable and can be attached backwards. It is also said to be two times faster than Apple’s Macbook Air.
Read our detailed post about the Surface Book.
With the Windows 10 Devices event, it is evident Microsoft is relentless in competing for the top spot in the tech world. But can the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL compete with the Nexus 5X/Nexus 6P, or the iPhone 6S/iPhone 6S Plus? Can the Surface Pro 4 compete with Dell’s XPS 12 tablet, Apple’s iPad Pro or Google’s Pixel C? Can the Surface Book go head to head with the MacBook Pro? Whatever the case might be, Microsoft did take our breath away.