Microsoft hosted an event at their campus in Bryanston to showcase their latest range of Windows 10 devices to media ahead of the 2015 Christmas period. The team also highlighted the roadmap for the near future, as well as highlight the different platforms, their integration across all devices and the Xbox NXE. One of the standout topics was the launch of the latest Microsoft flagships in the form of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, which brings the modern workplace into fruition with its portal desktop functionality. By using the Microsoft Display Dock (HD-500), users can boot up Windows 10 on any HDMI-enabled display and run a desktop setup while still using the phone as a phone. Microsoft also announced their online store for the South African market with a few launch specials to boot. For more details on this, and other topics, refer to the press releases below.
Microsoft Expands the Windows 10 Galaxy of Devices and Opening of Microsoft Online Store
Lumia 950 and 950XL
Microsoft South Africa has pulled the wraps off of its new Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, which take advantage of powerful and versatile hardware to unlock novel Windows 10 experiences. These include fast and secured login with Windows Hello beta for Lumia, as well as Continuum for phones, which enables these mobile devices to work like PCs when connected to a screen.
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are the first Lumia phones to come pre-loaded with Windows 10 – delivering on our promise of one familiar and consistent experience that transitions seamlessly across Windows devices from key apps like Office built-in to access to all your stuff via OneDrive and the cloud.
By utilising the Continuum capability for phones and connecting one of these Lumia smartphones to a monitor or the Microsoft Display Dock (HD-500), users will get to work with greater screen real estate. When users add a keyboard and mouse to that productivity equation, they will be able to work in the same manner as they do on a PC as apps such as Microsoft Office and Outlook scale up to create a big screen-optimised work environment that makes users more productive. In addition, users will still be able to take calls or performing other tasks whilst performing tasks in this mode.
Photographers and videographers will also love the Lumia 950 and 950 XL thanks to both features the latest-generation PureView cameras with 20-megapixel sensors, triple LED natural flash and 4K video capture capability. All of this technology equates to faster focus, crisper images and enhances videos even when snapping shots or recording video within challenging conditions like low lighting situations.
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are locally available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of ZAR 10,548.00 for the Lumia 950 and ZAR 11,499 for the Lumia 950 XL.
Xbox brings new gaming experiences
Beyond productivity on every device and screen size, Windows 10 also unlocks greater entertainment for Xbox gamers. Powered by Windows 10, the new Xbox One experience has become available for local gaming consoles. This free update is a complete redesign built on the cornerstone of Windows 10 and provides the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever.
“With Windows 10 and these new Microsoft devices, you are at the centre of magical new experiences,” Anthony Doherty, Operating Systems Group Lead of Microsoft South Africa. “Windows 10 offers the best platform to get things done and be entertained at home, work, or on the go, regardless of which device or form factor you are using.”
Additionally, Xbox One Backward Compatibility will allow Xbox One gamers to play Xbox 360 games for free with 100 games already available and hundreds more titles in the release pipeline for the months ahead. Backward-compatible Xbox 360 games will also be playable on Windows 10 through game streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10.
Together with the update to Windows 10 and backwards compatibility, games such as “Halo 5: Guardians,” “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” “Forza Motorsport 6,” and “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” should ensure that this festive season delivers the greatest gaming line up in Xbox history.
Microsoft launches online store in South Africa
Johannesburg, 08 December 2015 – Microsoft Corp. has launched its official online store in South Africa, enabling South African customers to purchase any product from the company’s ecosystem of devices through the local Microsoft online store, www.microsoftstore.co.za.
“The explosion of social and mobile technology has ignited ‘the era of the smart shopper’ where consumer purchase decisions are determined through online product and service content and reviews. We are also finding that more and more local consumers look to benefit from the convenience afforded to them from secure online shopping and free delivery, which they can find in the Microsoft online store” says Zoaib Hoosen, MD of Microsoft South Africa.
The Microsoft online store boasts a broad assortment of original branded goods ranging from Lumia smartphones to Xbox consoles. In addition, the store features products from Microsoft’s partners to provide customers with even more choice whilst they are shopping for the perfect PC, tablet, game or smartphone to suit their needs and budget.
“The Microsoft online store in South Africa will act as a one-stop shop for all Xbox, Lumia and Windows related products from Microsoft as well as our partners. For this local launch, customers can take advantage of a lot of exclusives and special offers,” Hoosen concluded.