Microsoft Introduces Windows 10

Windows 10Microsoft introduced the next version of Windows at a press conference yesterday, which will be released as Windows 10.

Yes, you read that right. Microsoft is skipping right over 9 and naming the next version Windows 10 in hopes of breaking free of their past (and get far, far away from the Windows 8 criticism?).

Unlike Windows 8, which was mostly geared towards touchscreen users & left traditional desktop users feeling frustrated, Windows 10 is the operating system that will play well with all devices – desktops, tablets and phones alike.

Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types. [via Windows Blog]

Features & Enhancements

So what are some of the changes users can look forward to?

  • Revamped Start Menu: The familiar Start menu is not only back, but it has been modified to include live tiles as well. Universal Search, which will not only search the local hard drive but the web as well, will be at your disposal too.
  • Modern Apps in Desktop Windows: Modern Apps will run in a standard program window just like any normal program.
  • Task View: Similar to Alt+Tab, Task View lets you easily switch between open files and any virtual desktops you’ve created, but it has bigger thumbnails.
  • Enhanced Snaps: There’s a new quadrant layout for you to snap to, along with smart suggestions to help you pick other apps to snap.
  • Continuum: Windows 10 will present the interface that best fits the device it’s running on (touchscreen vs. mouse/keyboard).
  • Command Prompt Updates: Ctrl+V functionality and proper text wrapping when resizing the Command Prompt window (vs. the horizontal scrollbar appearing) are among the enhancements.

Windows 10: One product platform. One family. One store.

Availability

Windows 10 will officially launch in the middle of 2015.

In the meantime, Microsoft is willing to give those who want a sneak peak an opportunity to tinker with the desktop/laptop version of the OS during development through the Windows Insider Program.

Starting today, Windows Insider participants will be able to download and test drive the Windows 10 Technical Preview and provide feedback to Microsoft.

Will you be trying it out?

Update: Windows 10 will be publicly available on July 29th, 2015

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