Software giant, Microsoft, plans to globally launch the much-anticipated Windows 10 operating system this summer, complete with a new biometric authentication process intended to beef up security and eliminate passwords.
The company did not divulge a specific release date, but remain committed to a midyear launch for the operating system, Windows chief Terry Myerson expressed during a speech Tuesday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China. “Windows has been global with more than 1.5 billion users around the world and here in China hundreds of millions of PCs operate Windows today.”
Myerson was also proud to announce that the OS will be available in 190 countries and 111 languages.
Windows 10 will come equipped with new feature Windows Hello, an intricate identity authentication program that uses an owner’s face, fingerprint or iris to unlock a device. The new feature will be supported by Intel’s “RealSense” technology, a depth-sensing tool that uses infrared cameras to track the location and position of objects.
This type of authentication confirms whom people are from their unique physical characteristics, which in turn should translate to an additional wall of security between devices and shady third parties.
The big release will hopefully jumpstart the sale of PCs to consumers and businesses. The PC business has seen declining numbers for a couple quarters now, and needs some sort of jolt to get it back to where it will be beneficially for all stakeholders. Last week, chipmaker Intel scaled back nearly $1 billion on its quarterly projections.