Windows 10 Announced; Merges Both 7 and 8 to Form a Super OS
Microsoft has today officially unveiled Windows 10 at a media event in San Francisco
Described as the company’s “most comprehensive platform ever,” Windows 10 promises a tailored experience for all types of devices as a single application platform.
“Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time,” said Microsoft’s Terry Myerson. “Windows 10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever.”
While Windows 8 alienated a lot of its consumer-base by force feeding a tablet-like experience, Windows 10 looks to correct that by bringing the Start Menu back. In fact it would suffice to say that Microsoft has merged both Windows 7 and 8 into their new OS, so as not to leave any of its consumer-base behind.
Those feeling content with Windows 7 will be able to gain the same experience on Windows 10 but even better. The Start Menu now allows users to pin their favorite apps in the form of tiles. You don’t necessarily have to go through the enlarged Metro experience and simply attach your most used programs in your Start Menu and that too with elegance.
“In Windows 8 when users launched a modern app, it sort of had a different environment,” Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said. “We don’t want that duality. We want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar UI.”
The search bar has been improved to not only bring up results from your own system but also the web. Here’s hoping that we get to choose our desired search engine.
A new multitasking feature allows users to create multiple desktops in the Start Menu. So you can have one set up for work with your office programs opened, and another for home with perhaps your entertainment programs opened. Clicking on one desktop will automatically bring all the respective apps on your screen.
Snapping has also been improved to allow up to four apps on screen.
As for Windows 8 users, the new Windows will still feature a touch input and the Charms bar. Hence, you get to have the same experience you have become accustomed to.
Microsoft will launch a Windows 10 “Insider Program” tomorrow, which will give the community the opportunity to download the beta version and test the OS out. Feedback will be taken into consideration and improvements shall be made to the final version.
Windows 10 is scheduled for release in late 2015. Currently no form of pricing or upgrade deals have been revealed.