Microsoft officials gave PC and phone makers their latest Windows 10 marching orders at WinHEC 2016. Here's where Microsoft is hoping its partners push the envelope the rest of this year.

Microsoft isn't expected to have its next wave of Windows 10 devices ready for unveiling until Spring 2017. The company also isn't expected to prolong its Windows 10 free upgrade offer beyond July 29 this year.

So how is Microsoft intending to drive more Windows 10 adoption during the rest of calendar 2016?

Microsoft is rallying its PC partners around a handful of Windows 10 feature pillars, specifically, Continuum, security, Windows Hello, Windows Ink/pen support, and new Cortana capabilities. These are some of the most visible areas that Microsoft will be bolstering with new functionality when it delivers its Windows 10 Anniversary Update -- the next (and likely, only) new feature update to Windows 10 coming out this year.

At its late April Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2016 events in Shenzen and Taipei, Microsoft execs extolled the virtues of the new features that will arrive around late July 2016 to OEM attendees of the event. Microsoft posted slides from its WinHEC 2016 events on its Channel 9 site earlier this week.

While Microsoft continues to try to get OEMs on board with improving touch and gesturing support with their new devices, pen support is becoming a bigger obsession. Convincing PC makers to build devices that support Windows Ink and pens, and better yet, make sure their devices support use of pens and touch simultaneously, is top of mind.In the security realm,

Microsoft officials are telling PC makers that they can up customer satisfaction by including pens and inking support with their Windows 10 devices...

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