Microsoft has officially unveiled its next-generation of Windows. While the latest release was rumoured to be named, WindowsTH, Windows X, Windows One and even Windows 9, Microsoft has formally titled it as Windows 10.The Redmond giant terms its latest operating system as the “most comprehensive platform ever”. Windows 10 is said to offer a great experience for all hardware across a single platform.
A large number of consumers are still on Windows 7 and the company wants their transition to Windows 10 much more convenient than the highly criticized Windows 8. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says that they want all the Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first generation Prius, and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla. Microsoft claims that Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time. For starters, the latest release is a combination of Windows 7 and 8 and borrows all the popular design elements from them.
Accoding to the Microsoft, the conventional Start Menu and the metro like start screen is back with Windows 10, which also means that your desktop is no longer occupied with huge grid of tiles. However, the live tiles are still around and you can now resize them to match your preference. The charms bar from the Windows 8 has made it to the new release and it comes with a few enhancements. Microsoft is also adding a new Continumm mode for convertible devices like the Lenovo Yogo 2 Pro, using which you can switch between the tablet mode and the laptop model without having to break your back.
Multitasking will also be a priority, with a stated goal being able to “empower” novice users, Belfiore said. On the taskbar there will be a “task view” where users can switch back and forth between different environments—whether it be 32-bit Windows 7 apps or modern apps. And yes, they will include virtual desktops, with the ability to switch back and forth between virtual environments. A “snap assist” feature will allow users to select similar windows to snap alongside other apps. And up to four apps or windows can be snapped to the four corners of the desktop, Belfiore said.
Microsoft showed how it now supports shortcuts like CTRL+C and CTRL+V so you can paste in a directory listing from another app, for instance. Belfiore called it a “niche, geeky feature” but said he wanted to show the diverse range of users the OS is trying to support.
Microsoft says that today is just a beginning and it will announce more details about its new Windows 10 operating system early next year.The Windows 10 Insider Program will launch tomorrow and will allow enthusiasts to get a feel of the new OS before the general public. Microsoft will commercially launch its Windows 10 OS somewhere in the late 2015.
Microsoft isn’t saying anything about prices yet, or any incentive programs to get people to upgrade from older OSes.