Microsoft Announced Windows 10
Microsoft have officially announced the next version of Windows, which was expected to be called Windows 9, or maybe Windows One, or even maybe just Windows. But it’s Windows 10. Here are the highlights.
The short version is that Microsoft has realized that desktop users really were unhappy with Windows 8, and this version of Windows focuses on using the desktop. Windows 10 aims to unify everything together, so it’s one platform and one store for everything across all devices. Apps written for Windows 10 will work on Windows tablets and even Windows Phone.
The Start Menu Is BackBy far the most important thing about Windows 10 is that the start menu has returned, and now you can pin all of those Metro tiles directly to the menu. You can resize it and customize it however you would like.
Metro / Modern / Universal / Windows Store Apps Run in a WindowWe’re not quite sure what they are being called these days, but all of those Windows Store applications can now be run in a window on the desktop just like everything else. On a tablet they can still run full screen, of course, but on a desktop or laptop, they will run like a regular desktop application.
That means you can tile them or switch between them just like you would expect, and it also means that they will finally start to become useful, and maybe we’ll see better apps created by programmers that weren’t interested in writing apps only for touch devices before.
New Task Switcher with Easy Access ButtonTo make switching between applications more easy, there’s a button on the taskbar that opens up the task switcher view.
Virtual DesktopsThat task switcher button also exposes a new feature that has finally been added — virtual desktops. Sure, you’ve been able to use this with third-party software for years, but it’s finally integrated directly into the operating system.
Some of the other things about Windows 10 include :
- The final version won’t be available until the middle of 2015.
- The command prompt finally has been updated and you can use CTRL + V to paste into the prompt. It’s about time!
- The Charms bar will probably be going away for desktop users, although it might still be in the preview version.
- Nobody understands why it is called Windows 10 instead of Windows 9.