What you can expect to see in Windows 9, or Windows 10, as it stands now!
With Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft really tried to make Windows tablets and Windows phones part of the desktop world, or should I say they tried to make Windows desktops part of the mobile world? Either way, it was not entirely successful. The consensus is that Microsoft is still far from producing a unified operating system for all its devices. Recently, Microsoft publicly gave it’s first steps into a better Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, skipping the “Windows 9″ name completely.
While there isn’t too much information about Windows 10 and the direction Microsoft is taking with it, this is what we know so far:
• The event, which concluded on Tuesday, September 30 2014, released the official release date for the Technical Preview version of Windows 10 for notebook and desktop devices. This preview will also extend to servers shortly. Consumer preview builds may not be available until early 2015, according to Terry Myerson at Microsoft.
• Microsoft also confirmed the rumors and announced the Windows Insider Program, starting October 1 2014. This program is developed to keep early users up to date with the latest preview builds of Windows 10.
• Universal Apps will be discussed more in detail at Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference next year in April.
• According to Terry Myerson, Windows 10 will be shipped to customers later in the year of 2015.
The event of Tuesday, September 30 2014 can be viewed on the right.
This is what Windows 10 currently looks like
Windows 10 will still be a “one application platform” for all the devices that run Windows. One OS to rule them all. At the event, Microsoft showed images and videos of the new operating system running notebooks, desktop computers, tablets, smartphones and even hybrid notebook-tablets.
Microsoft didn’t exactly please its enterprise audience with Windows 8/8.1. The main point of the September 30th event was to speak to enterprise users first, and let them know that Microsoft still cares about enterprise, even if it didn’t seem so in Windows 8/8.1. “Windows 10 is going to be our greatest enterprise platform, ever,” Terry Myerson said on stage at the event. “Windows 10 is a very novel approach of separating corporate and personal data across all devices.” Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore even noted that the company is “looking to find the balance,” so that all the Windows 7 users get a familiar experience on the devices they already have, whilst also being able to enjoy all the great features that came with Windows 8/8.1, and will come with Windows 10.
And the familiar Start Menu is back, bigger & better!
The return of the Start menu that Microsoft teased during its Build 2014 conference earlier this year was shown off in full force at its September 30th event. An entire merge of the traditional, well known and very popular Windows 7 style Start Menu, along with the fancy-looking touch-style tiles of Windows 8/8.1.
The new Start Menu is designed to please both worlds of computing – the standard mouse-and-keyboard notebook and desktop computer users, along with the tablet and smartphone users with touch screens.
The Start Menu features empowered search capabilities as well, able to crawl your entire machine, and do live web searches straight from the edit box. Microsoft didn’t mention which search engine this would use (we’d imagine Bing), but personally, I’m hoping it is at least possible to customize it, like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, to use Google.
Snap View is Also Back, and it’s Good!
The traditional Windows 7 Snap View works in Windows 10’s desktop mode with classic and universal apps, enhanced by a new “Snap Assist” interface. It works alongside “Task View,” a new feature that allows users to create multiple desktop environments. You can now grab apps from different desktops and group them together using the Snap Assist UI. (Controlled by either mouse or touch pad)
One Operating System to Rule Them All!
Microsoft is keen on maintaining the ground it achieved in touch-based computing through Windows 8 while reintroducing the intuitive desktop interface of Windows 7. To that end, many of the new multitasking features will be optimized for touch devices as well, like Task View. Microsoft showed a video of how Windows 10 will work on hybrid 2-in-1 notebook/tablets.
Windows 10 will detect when your keyboard is attached or not, and will prompt you to switch between desktop mode and full-on touch mode, where it will switch to the fully tiled Start Menu screen that we currently see on Windows 8/8.1, and in addition to that, it will also add a “back” button to your taskbar so that you can go back and forth with ease.
The taskbar will also now stay visible when apps are open in full-on touch mode so that users can tap on an open or pinned app on the taskbar to open the app or switch to it. We are VERY excited about this feature for our customers.
Think of a home screen that allows for both touch input, with large icons and response to gestures or swipes, and more traditional mouse or touchpad interaction, with smaller buttons and list-like interfaces. Belfiore called the approach “continuum.”