Microsoft says Windows 10 will get its own “universal” language, but that Microsoft’s own transcription software will remain an option for some customers
The Windows 10 operating system is expected to bring a new universal language to the desktop.
The language will be known as Universal Windows, or “Universal Windows 8”, which will be a new set of characters that can be typed on Windows 10 devices.
Windows 8 had a similar name, Universal Windows.
The new name will be announced later this month.
Windows 10 users will be able to use their Universal Windows 8 language to speak with Microsoft employees, and Microsoft will also be providing a Universal Windows 7 interface to developers.
Microsoft said in a blog post that the language will also make use of Universal Windows properties such as tabs, folders and other files that users can access from within Windows.
Windows Hello, a new feature that uses fingerprints to unlock the device, will be the first universal language feature to launch in Windows 10.
It is also part of the universal interface that is being rolled out in the US.
“It is clear that Universal Windows will be one of the most important parts of Windows 10, and we are very excited to be adding it to Windows 10,” said Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of Windows and Devices Group.
“Microsoft has been hard at work to bring Universal Windows to the Windows 10 platform, so the new universal languages and APIs that we have in the Windows Store should make Universal Windows a better experience for Windows users.”
Mehdi said Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant will be included in the Universal Windows 10 interface.
Cortana will be available in a few markets across the world, including Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore and Spain.
Cortana is the voice assistant that users use to ask questions and search for information in the browser.
It also helps users navigate the web.
“Windows 10’s universal language is a big step forward for Windows, bringing a language to Windows devices that will help bring the Windows experience to new users,” Mehdi added.
“The new universal APIs in the Store make it easier for developers to build experiences that will run across Windows 10 and across any device, regardless of whether that device is a desktop PC or a smartphone.
It will also help us continue to make our apps more useful to our customers.”