Windows 10 is coming, and PC makers everywhere are capitalizing on its release as a way to stem declining PC sales. HP certainly isn't sitting out the occasion: the company has pulled back the curtain on its family of Windows 10 devices and services for businesses, due to be available shortly after Win10's July 29 launch.
HP touts the security offered by new Windows 10 features like Microsoft Hello, Microsoft Passport, and Device Guard as reasons to upgrade, as well as its own security measures. One is HP Sure Start, which is described as a "self-healing BIOS." Sure Start inspects the system's firmware for malicious modifications and automatically re-flashes the BIOS if it detects a threat, which could come in handy given what we've learned from recent Hacking Team leaks. HP will also offer its own PC management software suite to make life easier for IT departments deploying HP hardware.
To go with its new services, HP announced some new business-oriented hardware for Windows 10. One offering is a limited Bang & Olufsen edition of the EliteBook Folio 1020. This Core M-powered notebook offers 12.5," 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 display options, and it also gets a spiffy black-and-gold finish and B&O audio. Pricing and availability weren't announced. Another mobile choice is the Pro Tablet 608, an 8" Cherry Trail slate with an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processsor, up to 4GB of memory, and 128GB of eMMC storage onboard. Fans of more square aspect ratios may appreciate the Pro Tablet 608's 4:3, 2048x1536 display. The Pro Tablet 608 will start at $479.