A Look at Microsoft's New Windows 10 Devices

Chris CrumIT Management

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Microsoft just unveiled new Surface, Lumia, and Microsoft Band devices including the new Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550.

A spokesperson for the company says, they're all "built to be the ultimate hardware for Windows 10, which is now running on more than 110 million devices worldwide."

“With Windows 10 and these new Microsoft devices, you are at the center of magical new experiences,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “We’re moving people from needing to choosing to loving Windows, and these devices promise to fuel even more enthusiasm and opportunity for the entire Windows ecosystem.”

The Surface Book is a new laptop with pen and touch support. It has a 6th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor with up to 12 hours of battery life.

"The 13.5-inch optically bonded PixelSense Display delivers a high-contrast 267 dpi display with improved latency and parallax, making it not just beautiful to look at but natural and fluid to write on," Microsoft says. "The screen also detaches, so it can be used like a clipboard to sketch, take notes and benefit from Windows programs like Microsoft Edge. An optional discrete GPU allows Surface Book to harness the full power of hardware-accelerated graphics for seamless video editing, fast rendering or immersive gaming. Surface Book starts at $1,499."

The company calls the Surface Pro 4 a tablet that can replace your laptop.

The phones are described as follows:

With Continuum capability for phones enhanced by the new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, connect the phone to a monitor and transform it for larger-screen entertainment, or add a keyboard and mouse to work like a PC with Windows 10 apps like Microsoft Office, while simultaneously taking calls or performing other tasks. With the latest-generation PureView cameras with 20-megapixel sensors, triple LED natural flash and 4K video capture, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL enable faster focus and crisper images and videos even in challenging conditions. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will become available in select markets in November; local retailers or operators can give pricing and availability.

Lumia 550, Microsoft’s most affordable 4G LTE smartphone running Windows 10, also joins the Lumia family. For people who value affordability, uncompromised quality and signature Microsoft services, Lumia 550 combines superfast Internet, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor with ultrafast LTE speeds, and the best of Microsoft services for just $139. Lumia 550 will begin rolling out in select European markets in December, with additional markets to follow.

Microsoft Band 2 has a new curved display, which the company says makes it more comfortable. It features Cortana and lets you reply to texts or set reminders. It has a continuous optical heart rate monitor and onboard GPS. The band tracks calories burned, deep exercise and sleep quality (which the old one did), but not also tracks floors climbed. It has two-day battery life. It costs $249.

Microsoft also announced that HoloLens opened applications for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition.

The company also showcased a new Xbox One experience, which is described as a completely reimagined interface that integrates the speed of Windows 10, as well as Xbox One Backward Compatibility, so people can play their Xbox 360 games for free.

Microsoft's Terry Myerson discusses all the new stuff more here.

Images via Microsoft

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