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, but also noted that this will be a learning experience for the company and that 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 start button) proved too much of a change for many. This is apparent even now in adoption rates, which show Windows 8 is present on 13% of computers as compared to 51% for Windows 7.
Myerson 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 system 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 latest Windows 10 ‘Metro’ design isn’t gone but it is optional. Users will be able to customize Start menu which is back for Desktop mode along with incorporate Live Tiles, and users can perform a web search. When you change to a touch device, Windows 10 will give you the choice to use the full screen mode, which is familiar to Windows 8.
Additional modification is that everything, including apps, now run 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 at the same time. 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.”