Microsoft To Release Windows 10 In Late 2015
Microsoft unveiled the coming release of Windows 10 on Tuesday settling rumors about whether the name would be Windows, Windows TH, Windows X, and Windows 9, among other suspicions.
In what Microsoft is describing as its “most comprehensive platform ever,” Windows 10 will provide a customized experience across all devices, meaning desktops, laptops, tablets, phablets and smartphones.
“Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise data centers worldwide,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of operating systems. “Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.”
Although some details, such as pricing, performance or how Windows 10 will handle scaling on high-resolution screens, still remain a mystery, here’s what else we do know:
Windows Insider Program
Starting Wednesday, Microsoft will give its most enthusiastic customers (PC exerts and IT pros) a chance to try out and help form the new operating system (OS) before the general public gets it. Windows 10 will launch to users everywhere in late 2015.
You’ll now be able to work between two different input methods (i.e. touch, keyboard or mouse) with ease.
“Continuum will be able to automatically switch between modes by detecting on how users interact with their device,” writes Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly. “It also carries over to design aspects like the new Start Menu, windowed apps within the desktop and so forth.”
Start Menu Is Back
“The familiar Start menu is back, but it brings with it a new customizable space for your favorite apps and Live Tiles,” reports Myerson.
When using the new “task view” button, users can launch a new virtual desktop and toggle between them. What’s even cooler (and a great productivity enhancer) is the ability to customize the taskbar within each desktop. Microsoft noted that all open programs in the virtual desktops will continue to run in the background. We can see how that’ll help with the desktop clutter as well.
For more on all the updates, watch Windows VP Joe Belfiore talk about some of the features in Windows 10: