Microsoft discussed the enterprise features coming with Windows 10 at a previous event and today invited Windows Insiders to learn about the coming consumer experience at an event on January 21, 2015. Coming from Redmond, this consumer-focused event is limited to press-only invites. However there is be a live stream promised for people to watch remotely. The details on the webcast will be shared in a later post closer to the event.
The senior leaders of the Operating Systems Group including Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore, and Phil Spencer will talk about Windows 10 along with comments from CEO Satya Nadella. This upcoming event is being called Windows 10: The next chapter.
Microsoft’s Gabe Aul sent the following email with more details of the event to Windows Insiders in-sync with the Microsoft post.
Hello, Windows Insider –
It’s Gabe again, with more information on the latest and greatest for the Windows Insider Program. But first, I want to thank you again for all the great feedback we are receiving from Insiders – we continue to improve Windows 10 with your input. Keep the feedback coming!
Just a reminder – if you haven’t already installed Windows 10 Technical Preview, you can do it here. (If you are an IT pro, Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise is here.) This is pre-release software, so check out Before you install to be sure it is right for you.
Windows 10: The next chapter (January 21, 2015)
We want you as an Insider to be among the first to hear today’s announcement about our January 21 event. We’ll share more about the Windows vision and the great features and benefits of Windows 10. We’ll be livestreaming portions of the event, and Blogging Windows will be carrying blog posts that you’ll want to see. Use the Insider Hub app (more on that below) and keep reading these emails to stay current – and mark your calendar!
The Insider Hub app
Included in the latest build (9879) is the new Insider Hub app. The Insider Hub is your one-stop shop for all the latest news and announcements regarding the Insider Program.
Going forward, there may be news items that will be shared only through the Insider Hub. So be sure to check it frequently for new information, including notices about new features ready for you to test drive. In the Insider Hub we’ll also post missions, for you to try out new features and then send us feedback.
The Insider Hub isn’t pinned to your Start menu/Start screen so you’ll need to find it (and pin it!). Open it at least once so you’ll receive notifications from the app on important news and announcements.
Info for IT pros
On November 20 we hosted an almost four-hour webcast through the Microsoft Virtual Academy – Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros. During the webcast, we talked about the enterprise vision for Windows 10, as well as new features and enhancements coming in the UI, new security and identity features, new management and Windows Store capabilities, and deployment enhancements. The webcast is now available on the Microsoft Virtual Academy website.
And be sure to also check out the blog posts on Windows 10 apps, management, deployment and security, with links to TechEd Europe sessions and more on these topics:
Windows 10: A Store That’s Ready for Business
Windows 10: Manageability Choices
Windows 10: Making Deployment Easier
Windows 10: Security and Identity Protection for the Modern World
Info for app builders
App builders who are Insiders can develop applications that use AllJoyn capability in Windows 10 – download the SDK for Windows from the AllSeen Alliance. You can learn more at the MS Open Tech blog.
You’ll be hearing from me again in January – in the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out Insider Hub to stay in touch.