At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in China, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson announced that Windows 10 will be launching this summer in 111 different languages across 190 countries around the world.
In addition, Microsoft announced strategic partnerships to help reach potential customers in China and around the world. Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360 were named as partners for various reasons:
- Lenovo has a strong hardware footprint in China especially and will offer Windows 10 upgrade services at 2500 service centers and retail stores to assist customers to upgrade new or existing Windows devices to Windows 10. A commitment by Lenovo to build Windows phones was also made and are to be available through China Mobile mid-2015.
- Tencent is the leading social networking and gaming services company in China and its customers will also receive free upgrades to Windows 10 (even though it is a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users for the first year after release). As part of the partnership, Tencent will also create a Windows 10 universal app version of their QQ app, and bring some of their popular games like League of Legends, Cross Fire, and Dungeon & Fighter to Windows 10 and the new Windows Store.
- Finally, Qihu 360 – an Internet security company in China – will implement a seamless accelerated download upgrade to its 500 million customers.
By the sounds of it, Microsoft is really serious about getting users upgraded to Windows 10, and these partnerships in the Chinese market will no doubt help their installation numbers.
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