Microsoft to show off more Windows 10 features, promises familiarity on PCs, tablets, phones

Microsoft will use an event Wednesday to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows.

The company is planning to show off new features of its flagship operating system — and possibly an improved Internet browser and more uses for Microsoft's voice-controlled digital assistant, Cortana. Executives will also demonstrate how the new Windows is designed to provide a more consistent experience and a common platform for software apps on different devices, from personal computers to tablets, smartphones and even the company's Xbox gaming console.

The company has invited journalists and industry analysts to its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. CEO Satya Nadella plans to speak.

Microsoft gave only a limited preview of Windows 10. More features will be announced as Microsoft gets closer to releasing it later this year.