Microsoft announced the next version of its Operating System, Windows 10. This first preview will be available for laptops and desktops. Microsoft says it is opening up this beta process to get more feedback from more users early on and notes that this would be a learning experience. Some experiments users will get in new builds may not make it into the final version.
It has been more than 2 years since the starter 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% for Windows 7.
Myers said, “We believe that, together with the feedback you provide us, we can build a product that all of our customers will love. It will be our most open collaborative OS projects ever.”
Windows 10 goals to take the best of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems and provide end-users with an experience. It will run on everything from servers, laptops, and smartphones. Windows 10 combines elements of Windows 8’s forward-thinking design and the familiarity and functionality of Windows 7, 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.
In the latest Windows 10 ‘Metro’ design isn’t gone, but it is optional. Users will be able to 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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Additional modification is that everything, including apps, now runs in a windowed mode so 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 that gives you a bird’s eye view of all open windows, files, and desktops has also been added. You can also switch between multiple desktops, just like OS X and Linux.
Windows 10 is expected to release in fall 2015. Microsoft will open up the OS to dedicated beta testers under its Windows 10 “Insider Program.”
Source by Naeem D