Forget Windows 9 – It’s Double Digit Time!

The new operating system, which was originally codenamed Windows Threshold, has taken a big leap right over Windows 9 straight to Windows 10.

“Windows 10 will run on the broadest amount of devices. A tailored experience for each device,” explained Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive VP of Operating Systems. “There will be one way to write a universal application, one store, one way for apps to be discovered, purchased and updated across all of these devices.”

Windows 10 will offer a tailored experience for all hardware across a single platform family. And developers can build universal apps that will work everywhere, according to Tom Warren on The Verge.

Microsoft was heavily criticized after Windows 8’s introduction in 2012 because a lot of long time users didn’t like the look and feel of the touch prioritized “Metro” tiles. So, in response to all the criticism, Microsoft got rid of them in Windows 10. Well, they’ve been kind of kicked to the curb. They are still available on the Start menu if you want to use them.

But, according to Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Operating Systems, they’re not giving up on touch. “We have a massive number of users who know Windows 7 well and a massive, but smaller, number of people who know Windows 8 well.”

Their objective with Windows 10, is to “find UI approaches that use the same mouse and keyboard experience evolving from Windows 7 so the touch users get something natural,” Belfiore said.

What is awesome is that Windows 10 can identify the device you are using and change its interface mode. What does that mean? Your software will know when you are using MS Excel or OneDrive on a laptop or tablet and adjust accordingly. Microsoft says it will solve the productivity issue that was missing on devices with Windows 8.

The following are also new features of Windows 10:

  • New universal search in the Start menu – takes results from the web.
  • A “Task View” – helps users master Windows’ multitasking features.
  • Multiple desktops – “keeps things neatly organized for you.”

The Windows Phone was discussed as well. “It will not have a desktop,” said Belfiore. It will follow in the steps of Windows 10, but it will not have the same back to the basics design. Unfortunately he did not explain what the next version mobile OS will look like. Stay tuned.

A Windows 10 “Insider Program” will begin today. It will give their biggest fans (and critics) a chance to try it out and help form the new OS before the general public gets their hands on it. Windows 10 will launch to all consumers everywhere in late 2015.

If you have any questions or want more details about Windows 10 and how its new features can help your business, contact Enstep Technology Services today. We make it work better!

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