November 23, 2016 1:00 pm

Kick off the holiday ‘to-do’ season with Windows 10 features and devices

By / Editor-in-Chief, Windows Blog

Today, we’re sharing a few of the latest devices from our partners that bring Windows 10 experiences to life.

Windows 10 can help you make the most of your holidays in ways like creating to-do lists with Cortana* and making holiday shopping a little easier with Cortana and Microsoft Edge. Together with the latest Windows 10 devices, you can make the most out of the holidays in style. The latest Windows 10 devices from our partners are thinner, lighter and more beautiful than ever, with long battery life to power through your holidays on-the-go. New, higher-resolution screens and small-bezel OLED displays offer vibrant color, and 2-in-1 PCs add the flexibility to work on a laptop, draw on a tablet with Windows Ink or flip to the perfect angle to watch holiday movies – all with the same device.

Budget-friendly devices

ASUS Transformer Mini T102 – This 10.1-inch detachable 2-in-1 PC with a smart-hinge kickstand provides up to 170 degrees of flexibility.

ASUS Transformer Mini T102 – This 10.1-inch detachable 2-in-1 PC with a smart-hinge kickstand provides up to 170 degrees of flexibility.

At 1.7 pounds, it’s loaded with powerful Windows 10 features, including Cortana and a built-in fingerprint reader for secured, password-free log in with Windows Hello. Plus, you can get creative with Windows Ink and Pen. This device starts at $299 USD.

HP Stream 13 – This sleek laptop gives you the speed and power to stay entertained and productive.

HP Stream 13 – This sleek laptop gives you the speed and power to stay entertained and productive.

With Office 365 Personal included, you can use Windows 10 to kick-start your holidays, stay on top of work and enjoy the DTS Studio Sound for an immersive surround experience. This device starts at $279 USD.

Premium Devices

Lenovo Yoga 910 – This ultra-slick, eye-catching convertible 2-in-1 weighs in at just over three pounds.

Lenovo Yoga 910 – This ultra-slick, eye-catching convertible 2-in-1 weighs in at just over three pounds.

At almost half an inch thin, it sports a 360-degree watchband hinge for use as a laptop, tablet or display, plus a nine-hour battery. The built-in fingerprint reader for secured, password-free log in with Windows Hello and touchscreen bring out the best in Windows 10. This device starts at $1,049 USD.

Dell XPS 13 – The stunning, virtually borderless InfinityEdge display is great for viewing pictures and videos with friends and family or online shopping with Microsoft Edge.

Dell XPS 13 – The stunning, virtually borderless InfinityEdge display is great for viewing pictures and videos with friends and family or online shopping with Microsoft Edge.

Light, thin and fast, with a battery that lasts up to 22 hours, it’s one of the smallest 13-inch laptops on the market, but has big Windows 10 features like Microsoft Edge and Cortana. This device starts at $999 USD.

HP Spectre x360 – Sleek and ultra-slim, this convertible PC offers beauty, flexibility and power.

HP Spectre x360 – Sleek and ultra-slim, this convertible PC offers beauty, flexibility and power.

The 360-degree hinge lets you flip to the perfect view. Get creative with the Full HD touchscreen and enjoy blazing fast performance, while using all the features in Windows 10 for work and play. Get rid of passwords with the built-in Windows Hello face sign-in camera and browse the web with Microsoft Edge. This device starts at $1,149 USD.

Let’s talk a little more about how Windows 10 devices can help you manage the holiday season with digital tools to stay secure, handle your to-do list and even enjoy a few moments for yourself.

Keep your devices secure and your gifts under wraps

With Windows Hello, you can sign into your Windows 10 devices* and apps** in less than 2 seconds – that’s 3 times faster1 than a password that you have to remember and type in. Windows Hello uses your face or fingerprint to recognize you instantly. When it’s time to do some online shopping, use the Microsoft Edge browser for a faster, safer browsing experience. If you share a computer, you can use InPrivate browsing, which doesn’t store cookies, history or temporary files from your browsing session. That means no accidental gift exposure.

Stay productive through the holidays

Want to make a quick list or get creative with your to-do list? Windows Ink and Pen give you the freedom of natural movement with a digital pen that is as easy to use as pen and paper. Use it with OneNote or a Sticky Note to jot down a few items and they’ll automatically turn into a checklist. Or markup webpages right in Microsoft Edge when you’re idea-shopping online — just circle the item you like, right on the web page, and save it or send it. You can even use Ink in the Windows 10 Maps app for trip planning.

Never miss a beat or a festive moment  

Cortana, your personal digital assistant, can help you breeze through the holidays. You can type or talk to Cortana on your PC, tablet or phone. If you’re worried about getting to that holiday party on time, Cortana can check traffic and let you know when to leave. Cortana can even remind you to bring the eggnog (or help you find some at the nearest store). And when you’re up to your elbows in cookie dough, if you’ve activated “Hey Cortana” in your settings, you can say “Hey Cortana” from across the room, and ask to convert ounces to teaspoons and Cortana can help you get that answer — no sticky fingers required.

The holidays can be a hectic time for all, but they don’t have to be with the help of Microsoft and new beautiful Windows 10 devices.

*Cortana available in select markets.
* Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.
** Limited to compatible apps.
1Based on average time comparison between typing a password respectively detecting a face or fingerprint to authentication success.

Updated June 28, 2018 10:05 pm