Microsoft Windows 10 announced; Single OS for All, release set to mid 2015

Windows 10 Features and Release details

As expected, Microsoft announced the next big thing from the company, one-fits-for-all OS previously code-named Threshold / Windows 9, Windows 10. The company skipped the 9 for Windows 10 and there will be only one OS for all platforms, more precisely there will no more be different operating systems like Windows Phone and Windows, instead one OS for all devices, including smartphone and desktop computers like Android for both tablet and smartphones.

The company announced the latest OS at the San Francisco event  and release is set to somewhere in the middle of 2015. The OS was introduced by Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems. He first called the OS as Windows One, but the version One is already out, the company decided to go with Windows 10.

“Windows is at a Threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows,” Myerson said at the event. “It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.” he said. One platform. One store.” he added.

With the release of Windows 10, there will be single Windows App store and apps that can run across each platform. Windows 10 “will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time,” Myerson said.

As expected and rumored for several months, the company is bringing back the Windows Start Button with full  functionality including search option. It showed a mockup. The Start Menu also includes the Live Tiles, making it more easy to navigate between both Desktop and Metro apps.

Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President a the stage said that going from Windows 8 to Windows 10 is like going from a Prius to a Tesla. “They don’t have to learn any new way to drive.” operating system will combine the familiarity of the Windows 7 UI with Windows 8, for instance, the new Start Menu combines a traditional-looking menu on the left with Live Tiles on the right with up to date details on different apps.

Furthermore, the Windows Metro app can be accessible from desktop on floating Windows just like usual desktop applications, so that users who prefer desktop mode won’t have to switch between Metro aka Modern and Desktop UI.  It also means the OS will offer a combined experience of both Windows 8 and Windows 7 keeping the touch part of the Windows 8 around.

You can see on one of the screenshots, taskbar and start button on both mode Metro and Desktop, with other features like the virtual desktops, the Notification Center and even Cortana integration.

On Windows 10, you can run Windows App store in full windows or resize it to fit your needs  or even snap apps to the side of the screen to run multiple app side-by-side.

With this release, Microsoft will also be collecting more feedback than usual and expect the company to be tweaking more and more in the coming months. Some of the features are yet to be ready to show off.

And there will be a new feature called “Task View”, as its name suggests, at the hit of an icon in the taskbar will show you all the running apps and “desktops” including virtual desktops.

The company has also improved the command prompt functionality.  And now You can use shortcuts including  ctrl+c and ctrl+v for copy-pasting.

Microsoft will be constantly tweaking its offering in the coming months and expect more events like this to highlight changes taking place within the Windows 10 and there will also be a consumer-centric event detailing “more about the consumer story”.

The new operating system Windows 10 is expected to be released in mid-2015 while technical preview of the OS will be launching on October 1st. If you are intrigued by the new features and wants to test the preview, you can sign up for a new Windows Insider program. But note that  some of the pre-release build might be unstable  so it is advised not to run the Windows 10 as your primary one  at least till closer to the launch. Anyway, take a look at the video below and feel free to share your thoughts about the new Windows 10 via comment below.


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