Recently we wrote a blog about the upcoming Microsoft announcement of the rumored Windows 9. Yesterday, Microsoft revealed the new name and look of the new Windows, Windows 10.
With over 1.5 billion people using Windows, Microsoft is working to make Windows 10 a “one application platform” across all devices. As stated in yesterday’s reveal, “Windows 10 will be [Microsoft’s] most comprehensive platform, ever.”
Windows 10 will be built to focus on a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Microsoft explains Windows 10 as having “the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the elements of Windows 8”.
Some of the features of Windows 10 include:
- Incorporating the Start button with the application tiles. This allows you to stay on one screen rather than navigate between the touch screen and desktop screen like in Windows 8.
- Ability to change the size of the Start Menu and tiles within it to your liking.
- A more advanced searching system, including web results.
- Keeping the Charm Bar, but modifying it to accommodate more touch screen users.
- Separating corporate and personal data across devices.
- Keeping the snap view for classic and universal apps that users know from Windows 7.
- A multiple desktop. Users can switch between different desktops to keep apps running in their own areas.
- Ability to paste directories into the command prompt with CTRL + V.
- A “continuum” feature for two-in-ones to change modes based on touch and keyboard input.
Today, October 1, 2014, Microsoft is releasing a preview of Windows 10 with the Windows Insider Program. Microsoft is encouraging consumer feedback from the preview, in hopes to create a product everyone will enjoy. The actual release of Windows 10 is planned for late 2015.
Want to check out the preview and add your input? Check it out at preview.windows.com.