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Intel and Microsoft team up to help launch Project Evo Windows 10 PCs


Intel and Microsoft team up to help launch Project Evo Windows 10 PCs

project-evoMicrosoft may be working to launch Windows 10 PCs with processors from Qualcomm in 2017, but it has not forgotten its long-time chip partner Intel. As part of its WinHEC developer conference in China, Microsoft revealed Project Evo, a new collaboration with Intel that will result in a number of future Windows 10 PCs getting some new features.

Part of those new features include the previously announced plans for hardware makers to launch mixed reality (VR and AR) headsets for Windows 10 PCs. However, Project Evo will go much further than that. Microsoft stated that it will include PCs that will support “far-field speech communication”. That means a Windows 10 PC with a microphone will be able to understand a human voice from across the room and respond to that person via the Cortana personal assistant.

Another Project Evo feature will be more advanced security capabilities. Microsoft and Intel will work to prevent Windows 10 PCs from contracting malware, along with using biometric authentication with Windows Hello. Those PCs will also get information from Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Graph along with analytics from Intel.

PC gaming has exploded in the last few years and Project Evo will also encourage hardware makers to add game-oriented improvements in their Windows 10 devices.  Graphical advances for supporting 4K displays, High Dynamic Range (HDR) graphics and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) visuals are a part of this new program, along with spatial audio, native Bluetooth support for Xbox One game controllers, and features to support eSports tournaments and game broadcasting.

There’s no word on when the first Project Evo-themed Windows 10 PCs might debut, but we would expect the first of them to appear in 2017.

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