Last night at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows, Microsoft Corp., announced that Windows 10 will launch in 190 countries and 111 languages around the world this summer. Myerson also announced a diverse collection of strategic partnerships and initiatives with leading global companies across the greater China region, including Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360. These partnerships will enable hundreds of millions of Windows customers in China to upgrade to Windows 10, driving adoption around the world through ecosystem advancements.
“China is a global epicenter for innovation and the home of hundreds of millions of Windows PCs today,” Myerson said. “The Chinese technical community and Chinese customers are vitally important to the future of Windows 10. We’re honored and excited to host WinHEC in Shenzhen and to continue to work with the area’s hardware and software companies to develop groundbreaking devices and consumer experiences that will help shape the future of Windows 10 globally. Via our partnerships, we will make it easy — and free — for hundreds of millions of customers in China to upgrade to Windows 10.”
China is one of the top countries in the world for PC adoption, and easy and free upgrades to Windows 10 will be enabled by partnerships with Lenovo, Tencent and Qihu 360. Myerson was joined by top executives from each company to announce new partnerships to drive Windows 10 upgrades and technology experiences.
Fuyao Tong, vice president of Lenovo Group, general manager of Lenovo China, joined Myerson on stage to discuss the global partnership, close collaboration and innovation the companies are driving together on Windows 10. Lenovo announced it will offer Windows 10 upgrade services at 2,500 service centers and select retail stores in China when the Windows 10 upgrade is available. Lenovo also announced its commitment to build Windows Phones, to be available mid-year 2015 in China via China Mobile.
“As the leading PC manufacturer worldwide, we are pleased to partner with Microsoft to bring Windows 10 to our joint customers,” Tong said. “We are also excited to announce that Lenovo is joining the Windows Phone ecosystem with our first Windows Phone mid-year 2015.”
Microsoft also announced a strategic partnership with Tencent, the leading social networking and gaming services company in China. Tencent will offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Tencent customers on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in China via an easy and seamless upgrade. Tencent will create one of the first Windows 10 universal apps for its flagship QQ app, which has over 800 million customers throughout China, and bring its most popular PC games, including “League of Legends,” “Cross Fire” and “Dungeon & Fighter,” to Windows 10 and the new Windows Store.
“Windows 10 delivers a wealth of innovation, and we are thrilled to make it easy for our customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10,” said Martin Lau, president, Tencent. “We are happy to be partnering closely with Microsoft to help millions of our current Windows customers easily upgrade to Windows 10 and experience universal apps, including QQ, and other upcoming services across the new platform. Tencent and Microsoft will continue to work together on a number of Windows 10 initiatives, helping bring the excitement of Windows 10 and Tencent to millions of customers worldwide.”
“Windows 10 will continue Qihu 360’s mission to protect computers and make mobile devices more secure,” said Zhou Hongyi, CEO of Qihu 360. “We share over 500 million customers with Windows, and we are confident that our customers will be very happy with the Windows 10 experience we’re creating with Microsoft. We’re excited to deliver this experience to millions of customers in China when Windows 10 launches.”