Say hello to Windows 10!
On October 1, The Microsoft Corp released the new version of Windows operating system: Windows 10. Microsoft is calling its next Windows release “Windows 10,” not Windows 9, as many had expected. The reason? Rumor says it’s going to be the last major version of Windows and Microsoft wanted to signify it will be a big and cross-platform release.
Microsoft’s intention is to let Windows 10 run on PCs, tablets, Windows Phones and even the Xbox at some time in the future. The user interfaces will be modified for each type of device, but there will be a common core of operating system elements that will work across all these platforms. With Windows 10, Microsoft will be consolidating its various app stores and makes the system applicable in all devices.
But what’s new about Windows 10? Why Microsoft is so eager to release the new version?
- Thank god, the start menu is back. After disappearing for a very long time, the new start menu comes back with new look and characteristics. It looks familiar, with some hints of Windows 8, including live tiles that you can resize and move around yourself. You can even resize the entire Start menu to your liking. Microsoft says their goal here is personalization, so you can make the Start menu work for you. It will also include universal search, just like the old Start menu—but with the addition of web results.
- Multitasking and Multiple Desktops. Taking a cue from OS X and Linux, Microsoft is finally adding two very popular features to Windows: an Exposé-like multitasking feature called “Task View”, where you can see all your open windows at once, and the ability to create multiple desktops for better Window organization (known as Spaces on the Mac). You can launch this multitasking view from a new “Task View” button in the taskbar.
- The mothership: updates to the Touch Interface. Microsoft’s big goal with Windows 10 is to create a more unified experience across devices, including tablets and PCs. That sounds an awful lot like their goal with Windows 8, but it looks like they’re trying a different, less fractured approach with Windows 10. There’s a swipe gesture for Task View, for example, and the windows have enlarged buttons to make them easier to touch. Windows will automatically switch to this more touch-friendly view when it detects that you’re using a touch screen.
And there are more to explode. Interested? Go online, download it and try it out!