According to Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive VP of operating systems, the company decided it would be best to skip over Windows 9, which of course would be the name for the next version. Microsoft faces a challenging future for its operating system, Windows 10, and thus the sudden leap from Windows 8. Microsoft unveiled its latest version of Windows OS at an event in San Francisco, California. Windows 10 is an improvement over the Windows 7 and the Windows 8 operating systems and has combined the features of both adding a further layer of polish.
Reintroduction of Start menu and a better UI
The Windows 10 Start menu works much like in Windows 7, but features like Live Tiles or Modern UI are borrowed from the Windows 8 startup screen. You can customize your Tiles; it can be added, removed and resized accordingly. If you never want to see the Start screen or Charms bar, you can switch off the tiles at the Start menu itself. The Start menu itself can be resized. The new OS comes back with the much missed features like Start Menu and shortcuts for Shutdown and restart. Tablets running Windows 10 have only the Start screen; there is no Start menu. Windows 10 has borrowed from Windows 7 the UI features that use the same mouse and keyboard in order to make the touch users feel natural and comfortable.
During the unveiling of Windows 10, Microsoft demonstrated a feature called Continuum which makes it easy for users to navigate between touch interfaces and non-touch environments. One of the biggest drawbacks of Windows 8 was that it was difficult for mouse and keyboards users to switch between the touch and non-touch interfaces. Continuum evens these transitions. Microsoft says this interface was built specifically for Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga, where users need to often switch between touch and non-touch interfaces. Users will be prompted to switch between the touch and non-touch modes whenever they connect or disconnect the keyboard and the Start screen and apps will adjust themselves accordingly.
This new OS will be the single operating system across desktop, mobile and IoT. The new Task view button on the taskbar can be used to switch between running apps. Apps can be run either full screen, snapped, or can run in a windows mode on the desktop. There is only one Windows app store across multiple devices and each app is compatible with different interfaces.
Myerson said at a press event, “Windows 10 will run on the broadest amount of devices. A tailored experience for each device. 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.”
Whereas Linux and Mac OS X users are very familiar with the idea of virtual desktops Microsoft has for the first time, in its new operating system, introduced the idea of a virtual desktop. By desktop virtualization users can access their desktop remotely over the Internet from any client device. Users need only an Internet connection to access their personal desktop, no matter whatever is the device, a home PC, Smartphone or an iPad. They can access it at anytime and from anywhere. It’s a big boost both in terms of productivity as well as power saving.
Windows 10 has access to the new Notifications center which is a centralized place where in you can see all your alerts and messages that the operating system flashes up. You can View all of the Windows notifications directly from the Systray.
Windows10 is scheduled to be launched around mid 2015, but a preview of the operating system will be available starting tomorrow.