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Less than a week after U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is in Kenya for the worldwide launch of Windows 10 Operating System.
Windows 10 will be available on tablets and Personal Computers in 190 countries although the free update is only available for windows 7 or windows 8.1.
In addition to new features, Microsoft is expected to announce windows 10 as the most secure platform yet and an upgraded conducive environment for developers.
Microsoft yesterday launched The "Windows 10" software in an attempt to reverse its fortunes in the mobile industry. Microsoft plans to gradually update it for free to most existing Windows users, as well as those buying new PCs to mark a “new era” for personal computing.
Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella said, “Windows 10 is a huge milestone for us as a company, and quite frankly the industry.”
Microsoft has until now released a new version of Windows every few years.
Windows 10 will be the last launch of this kind, the company said – from here on it will gradually update the software for free over months and years.
Mr Nadella said he hoped features like digital personal assistant Cortana – comparable to Apple’s Siri, and Google Now – would set Windows 10 apart.
“I’m really excited about Cortana,” he said.
“I think of it as [being] as profound as perhaps the PC operating system.
“If you think about our history in technology, we’ve had concepts that have changed how people have interacted with their computing resources.
“One of them was a graphical user interface, the second was the browser and the web. I think of Cortana as the third platform.”
“One of the foundational pieces of making anything more personal is trust,” he said.
“We’re not trying to sell you advertising, we’re trying to in fact sell you software or devices so you as a user can trust it, that it’s working on your behalf.
“I as a consumer may want to sometimes trade off my data to get a free service, and that’s ok. But it’s the other users of that same data – that is where trust matters.
“I absolutely want Microsoft to be trustworthy. How consumers make choices between companies, I’ll leave it to them.”
Mr Nadella argued that future devices, like augmented reality headset Hololens, would maintain the relevance of Windows 10.
The developer version of Hololens, which is placed over a user’s eyes and displays graphics in their surroundings, is on course to be released within a year, Mr Nadella said.
Consumer versions of the software would follow at a later date.
But Microsoft’s poor track record in mobile means Mr Nadella has had to change the firm’s focus.
He has ramped up the company’s efforts in creating apps for rival systems – Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.

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