TAIPEI: MICROSOFT HAS SHOWN OFF new Windows 10-powered laptops, tablets and 2-in-1s from its OEM partners at Computex, including the Dell XPS 15, an updated HP x2 2-in-1 and yet-unnamed HP and Toshiba devices.
Nick Parker, Microsoft's VP of OEM partners, gave attendees a "sneak peak" of the new products on stage on Wednesday during a rather long and uninspiring keynote, in excruciating detail, about the upcoming features of Windows 10.
The first was the Dell XPS 15, which is smaller in design to the XPS 13 unveiled at CES earlier this year. It has a tiny bezel meaning that the 15in screen sits in a chassis that would normally feature a 14in screen.
This is the first time that the larger version of the "virtually borderless" bezel device was shown publicly, and Parker said that it has been "optimised for Windows 10" and features the same InfinityEdge display that made the Dell XPS 13 so popular.
Dell also showed off its Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptop/tablet hybrid at Computex, which will be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it's released.
The updated HP x2 2-in-1, meanwhile, was described as an "ultra-portable, tablet-first detachable" with a magnetic hinge design that we've seen a million times before.
However, Parker said that Windows 10 will allow users to switch from tablet to PC mode much more easily with devices like the x2.
Parker also held up an unnamed HP tablet that he said is for mobile productivity and "has revolutionary note-taking capabilities", but that's about all we know about it.
It looks as though it could have an Intel RealSense camera built in to the back, like the Dell Venue 8 7000 series, owing to the strap on the back, but we could be wrong.
Microsoft also showed off a new Toshiba 2-in-1 which enables Windows Hello with the latest in biometric security technology, including a face-authentication camera, an Ultra HD 4K screen and optimisation for Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant.
Microsoft confirmed last week that Windows 10, the nominally 'final' edition of Windows, will be available from 29 July.
The long-awaited successor to the lacklustre Windows 8 will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users cross 190 markets.
A 'silent' upgrade added earlier in the year has become active around the world in the past few days, inviting users to 'reserve' a copy ahead of the release date.
We'll be hunting for the new Windows 10-powered HP devices, the Dell XPS 15 and the new Toshiba 2-in-1, on the Computex show floor tomorrow for a hands-on review.
Parker also highlighted a new Internet of Things (IoT) collaboration between Microsoft and Toshiba to build next-generation Windows- and Azure-powered IoT solutions.
Microsoft said that both companies expect to release a complete offering for the transport and logistics industry, from devices to services, including state-of-the-art hardware such as an onboard video recorder that can track vehicle data and analyse driver behaviour.
This will include a ruggedised "environmental" device with up to 12 sensors encased in a military-grade chassis with a battery capable of six months' continuous operation.
This will run on the Azure infrastructure to track shipping and ensure that goods arrive on time and undamaged, Parker added. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score