Microsoft announced the next version of its Operating System, Windows 10. This first preview will be available for laptops and desktops. Microsoft says it opens up this beta process to get more user feedback early on and notes that this would be a learning experience. Some experiment users will bring in new builds that may not make it into the final version.
It has been more than two years since the start of Windows 8. The touch-focused Metro design and removal of certain iconic features from previous iterations (such as the start button) proved too much of a change for many. This is apparent even now in adoption rates, which show that Windows 8 is present on 13% of computers compared to 51% of Windows 7.
Myers said, “We believe that, together with your feedback, we can build a product that all our customers will love. It will be our most open collaborative OS project ever.”
Windows 10 aims to take the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems and provide end-users with an experience. It will run on everything from servers to laptops and smartphones. Windows 10 combines Windows 8’s forward-thinking design and the familiarity and functionality of Windows 7, which is still the most popular Microsoft OS.
‘We’re not talking about one user interface (UI) to rule them all – we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.’ Phew.
The latest Windows 10 ‘Metro’ design isn’t gone, but it is optional. Users can customize the Start menu, which is back for Desktop mode, incorporate Live Tiles, and perform a web search. When you change to a touch device, Windows 10 will give you a choice to use the full-screen mode, which is familiar to Windows 8.
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Additionally, everything, including apps, now runs in a windowed mode so that they can be maximized, minimized, and resized, just like a normal window in Windows 7.
Thanks to Microsoft News ‘Snap Assist UI’ feature, which allows four apps to be displayed simultaneously. A task view button with a bird’s eye view of all open windows, files, and desktops has also been added. You can switch between multiple desktops, like OS X and Linux.