Microsoft Edge hasn’t budged from production, and neither has Windows 10, but anticipation is building with reports that detail the large array of functionalities that will be available on the new OS. Terry Myerson, EVP at Windows, confirmed at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China that the folks at Microsoft are working hard, revealing “that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.” Their goal is to open up to developers through increased support for popular coding languages to run on 1 billion devices by 2018!
Microsoft is saying farewell to many of their legacy APIs like VBScript and ActiveX to achieve interoperability. For software developers, Myerson detailed how they will be able to “reuse nearly all” of the Java and C++ code from their deployed Android applications in the Windows Store with the help of Windows’ through a POSIX-based subsystem for Android to support the code that will couple well with the growing number of “extensions you would write in the Windows platform to really delight the Windows user.” The Microsoft-built Objective-C SDK for iOS developers allows them to compile and deploy their Objective-C applications from Microsoft’s Visual Studio. This growth spurt of applications in the Windows Store along with the ability to host apps in the most popular coding languages will give way to their goal of a Universal Windows Platform that will allow developers to develop a single application to target a range of form-factors so they can “integrate Cortana and Xbox live into their applications, offer trusted e-commerce, embrace natural user input, create holograms and more.” Microsoft’s goal is to make web application development faster and easier and it is apparent in the porting process that will be as simple as right clicking an existing project and selecting the target platform.
Windows 10 end-users, from consumers to enterprises, will be able to choose from an array of editions of Windows 10, catered to the needs of different devices while streamlining its look and feel. They will also enjoy an extra layer of security through the new Windows Hello, which uses biometric authentication through a combination of hardware and software to enable you to unlock your Windows 10 device using your face, iris or fingerprint, instead of using a password. End-users who use the new Microsoft Edge web browser will also be able to surf securely with their stronger ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) implementation.
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