Photo - (From left) K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia; and Bruce Howe, Head, Consumer Channel Group, Microsoft Malaysia with Windows 10 devices.
Productivity and cloud solutions company Microsoft Malaysia's welcome of its new operating system Windows 10 said it is the start of a new era for Windows as well as Microsoft in the country.
During an event in Kuala Lumpur with media and partners, Microsoft Malaysia's managing director K Raman said Windows 10 not only is the company's most secure Windows, which is a free upgrade for the first year to qualified Windows 7 and 8.1 users, but is delivered as a service and updated automatically with new features and security updates.
"Since the global launch of Windows 10 on 29 July, Microsoft has seen as many as 14 million people around the world upgrade to Windows 10 within the first 24 hours, with reviews and customer feedback overwhelmingly positive around the globe," said Raman. "We're ushering in a new era for both Microsoft and for Windows."
He said it was also the first ever operating system from Microsoft that was created based on feedback from fans - "as more than 5 million Windows Insiders who have given us their thoughts about the operating system - what they loved, what they felt could be changed, and what some of the features that should be kept. "Windows 10 is a product that was truly built by the community, for the community and we will keep it this way by continuing the Windows Insider Program and accepting new feedback to make the product even better."
Raman said that together with the familiarity and ease of use that users attributed to Windows 7, there were new innovations such as Windows Hello2 - "where you can simply show your face or use your fingerprint to login to your new devices running Windows 10 and be immediately recognised and greeted with a smile"-Continuum, which adapts and optimise apps and experiences for appropriate to a user's activity, device and display across touch and desktop modes. A new browser - Microsoft Edge - allows users to annotate on web pages and share mark-ups.
Starting from 29 July 2015, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 are being notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed over the coming days and weeks ahead. To find out how to reserve a free upgrade, please visit www.windows.my.
Microsoft Malaysia has also worked with its retailers to roll out Tech Benches - a service where individuals can upgrade their Windows 7 and 8.1 devices to Windows 10 at these retailers' stores. These retailers include ALL IT Hypermarket, Elitetrax Marketing (also known as Harvey Norman), Hello Station (M) (Selected Microsoft Authorised Reseller stores), Senheng Electric (KL), SNS Network (M), and Thunder Match Technology.
"Windows 10 gives you the most choice in innovative styles of devices, and offers stunning new forms, features, and functionality," added Raman. "Together with our hardware partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, iPro, Joi, Lenovo and Toshiba, together with our technology partner, Intel - we're ready for a new era of Windows."
Intel Malaysia and Singapore country manager, Sumner Lemon, said: "The launch of Windows 10 is an exciting moment for Microsoft and the whole technology industry. Intel looks forward to bringing new computing experiences for consumers across Malaysia with the combination of Intel processors and Windows 10."
Three Malaysians honoured
During the event, Microsoft Malaysia honoured three Malaysians who have inspired and empowered others with their contributions. This is in line with the Microsoft's global year-long initiative #UpgradeYourWorld, which celebrates people and organisations who do great things and make a difference in our lives.
These three inspirational leaders are (1) Yang Berbahagia Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan, Member of Dewan Negara, Parlimen Malaysia, and an advocate and champion of the disabled community; (2) YM Raja Riza Shazmin Raja Badrul Shah, Honorary Secretary of Mercy Malaysia - an established disaster relief organization providing medical and humanitarian services both locally and abroad; and (3) John-son Oei, the founder of EPIC Homes - an organization which builds homes for the Orang Asli in Malaysia.
"A disability does not mean that you are any less a person. You may not be able to walk, you may not be able to move your hands, but still - there is a life for you. ICT enhances the lives of the disabled community so that they can participate in, and contribute back to society. Now especially with Windows 10, it will help to open a window for persons with disabilities in Malaysia as well as the world," said Senator Bathmavathi.
"Working in a disaster area, what would really help is to have a hub where all information can be collated and used to inform everybody, and everyone can then share this information. Technology can act as that hub to help coordinate relief efforts," said YM Raja Riza.
"EPIC is a lifestyle of belief and faith in humanity. I believe the answer to upgrading lives is a constant process of learning between those that help and those who need it. We all care and are doing the best that we can in our ability to upgrade the world to be a better place," said John-son.
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