Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:50

Lenovo ready to ship Windows 10 devices, free OS upgrade info Featured


A list of Lenovos upgradeable to Windows 10 has been published, while tablets, laptops, convertibles and desktops pre-loaded with Windows 10 are on the way.

Major PC manufacturer Lenovo has announced it will soon ‘begin shipping a wide selection of products loaded with Windows 10 starting immediately,’ while the company has also published ‘an extensive list of products eligible’ for the free Windows 10 upgrade you can see here. 

Looking through the list, many of the major PCs Lenovo makes are eligible, although it is possible to see various 3G/4G WAN cards and various webcams and other bits of hardware don’t as yet have Windows 10 drivers.

That said, Lenovo notes it has worked with Microsoft ‘to make the process of upgrading simple, for people with qualified Lenovo PC running Windows 7 SP1 or 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10.’

As most tech people know only too well, July 29 is the date that updates will start rolling out, but as we also all know, not everyone will be able to upgrade on day one, even if they have already pressed the button to reserve their free upgrade to Windows 10.

Those who have clicked the reserve button will have Microsoft, at some point, run a compatibility process to ‘confirm the user will have a great experience’, after which the 3GB download of Windows 10 will begin. Users will be notified that the upgrade is available, which can happen at a user’s chosen point in time.

As with many PC makers, Lenovo has its own suite of third-party applications. One of these is the new ‘Lenovo Companion 3.0 optimisation tool’ which keeps devices ‘running at peak performance and can be used at any time to run a full-scale checkup and report back with specific actions to free up space and speed up the device.’

Another app is Lenovo Settings, billed as a ‘smart’ device control hub. It lets users easily ‘adapt and modify the way their device behaves’, which an example being in tablet mode, where the Lenovo tablet or convertible ‘will customise its display and other settings based on its orientation versus in traditional laptop mode.’

In addition, the device’s usage will ‘also alter its settings, for example when watching a movie versus reading an e-book.’

Lenovo’s upcoming new SHAREit app lets users ‘quickly transfer files between devices,’ while tablet users using the updated WRITEit app ensures the stylus can ‘write in any input field with their pen and the handwriting is converted to text.’

Then there’s the highly anticipated update to Lenovo’s REACHit app, which, as announced at Lenovo’s global Tech World conference held in Beijing last month, integrates Cortana and REACHit.

The new version of REACHit allows users who opt-in to search for and manage their content across multiple devices and cloud storage platforms using Cortana, so that finding ‘content such as emails, photos and videos’ can be done ‘in ways [users] never thought possible.’

Cortana and REACHit will give users a ‘seamless, intuitive way to search through natural language and contextual understanding,’ with the functionality coming in beta format starting in the Northern Autumn/fall, which is spring for us here in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lenovo’s customers in the US and China can learn about and sign up for the beta at the Cortana REACHit site, although Lenovo advises users who prefer to wait will find their current version of REACHit will automatically be upgraded when it becomes generally available later in the year.

Lenovo’s demonstration of how Cortana and REACHit work together can be seen in the embedded video below, taken from Lenovo’s Tech World conference in Beijing.

Tom Shell, Lenovo’s Senior VP of its PC Business Group talked up the pending Windows 10 upgrade and availability and said: “With Windows 10, computing gets more personal, productive and connected.

“Across our entire PC product line, from the office to the home, we’ve optimised our Lenovo devices to give customers a great computing experience while giving them enhanced search tools like Cortana with REACHit.”

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