PCMAN – A year seems to be a long period of time, but not for the technology industry. Lots of new product innovations have been introduced and will be explored further more in the upcoming years.
Microsoft is predicted to have a more strategic partnerships and expansion in Europe, and to have a more Apple-like retail stores. Besides that, they are also predicted to focus more on philanthropy. With that being said, there should be Microsoft products to be expected in 2016 as well. These are some of our predictions on what to look out for:
HoloLens. Customers should expect HoloLens’ first development kits to show up in the first quarter of 2016. Microsoft is reported to have been developing its HoloLens holographic computer glasses after a year of buildup. It would still take some time before HoloLens enter the local market, however, it is still a huge step that brings hologram technology into reality.
The Surface Phone. Loyal users must have been hearing rumors on a Surface Phone being developed for a while now. It’s reported that we might be able to get to see the device in 2016. Predictions and speculations have been made towards the hardware, being similar to the Surface tablets with a metallic, simple look. It is speculated to have big screens, and may be aimed at business users who are seeking for the power of Windows 10 on a mobile device. This innovation would give so much power to Microsoft if it was really going to be launched in 2016.
The Surface Pro 5. It’s no stranger that Microsoft has excelled combining a PC and a tablet into one—the Surface Pro. Though Microsoft is marketing the Surface Pro 4 as the flagship Windows 10 device, the fifth generation should be able to fill the big shoes in front of them. It is reported that the fifth generation of the device will continue the trend of making the laptop slash tablet hybrid device even more capable. It would add more power and be less thin just as previous versions have done.
Windows 10 and Office Suite Updates. Although Windows 10 was launched just recently, Microsoft has already thought about the next major update. With the codename “Redstone”, Microsoft is planning to release a new Windows 10 update in summer 2016. The update is reported to generally expand the things that have come before in Windows 10. It would be called “Continuum”, a feature to make the user’s smartphone into a PC. The update will, for example, allow the user to take calls on their PC.
On another hand, Microsoft has updated their productivity suite, naming it “Office 2016”. They are expected to be rolling out the update to the users, consumers, and enterprise alike. Office 365 will also receive updates throughout 2016 in step with offline Office, according to Microsoft.
New Features on Xbox One. With Xbox One, Microsoft has made a major update with the video game console by adding a version of the Windows 10 operating system at the core. Xbox and PC are getting closer, and we should expect to find Windows Store app market to the Xbox One. On top of that, Cortana, the digital assistant built in to Windows 10, is expected to come to Xbox One too.