Microsoft has given more information about when the latest version of its operating system will be available, confirming you’ll be able to get your hands on Windows 10 in the summer.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows confirmed the news at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China.  

“We continue to make great development progress and share that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages,” he said.

Find out more about Windows 10 in the video above.

Goodbye Internet Explorer

Microsoft also confirmed the Internet Explorer brand will be no more. It’s not really a surprise, the company confirmed it was working on a new browser codenamed Spartan, which will be central to Windows 10 when it launches this summer.

There’s no news yet on what the official name of the browser might be, according to Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela:  “We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10.”

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IE will continue for business customers:  “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.” he said.

Goodbye passwords

Microsoft also revealed more about security features, specifically Windows Hello, which uses biometric authentication – a combination of hardware and software - that enables you to unlock your Windows 10 device using your face, iris or fingerprint, instead of using a password.

Writing on the Windows blog, Joe Belfiore VP of Microsoft’s Operating Group said this method would be more secure than entering a password: “You – uniquely you – plus your device are the keys to your Windows experience, apps, data and even websites and services – not a random assortment of letters and numbers that are easily forgotten, hacked, or written down and pinned to a bulletin board.”

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This type of security requires special hardware, namely infrared technology that can detect your face and although we’ve seen fingerprint scanners in devices like the Apple iPhone, new generation iPads and some Samsung devices, iris or fingerprint scanners are far less common.

Microsoft is current working with manufacturers and there will be “plenty” of new Windows 10 devices with the hardware and software requirements to support it. Devices already equipped with a fingerprint scanner will be able to use Windows Hello to unlock the device.

It works with a sign-in system codenamed Passbook, although you won't have to use either according to Belfiore: "Using Windows Hello and “Passport” is your choice and you control whether to opt-in to use it."

The summer launch means Windows 10 could be with us any time from June to August, so we’ll find out more about the new features very soon.


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