Microsoft announces Windows 10 OS

01 Oct 2014


The new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system, called Windows 10, leap frogs the 9, which the software giant opted to skip to emphasize its advances towards an environment centered around mobile devices and internet services.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 OS
Here are some features users of the new Windows OS:

  1. The start menu in Windows 10 would appear like what is featured in Windows 7. The button would also open a series of tiles that resemble Windows 8.
  2. The software can be bought from mid-2015, though the retail price is yet to be announced. Users interested in the build preview can sign up for the Windows Insider Programme.
  3. Although the current version is called Windows 8, according to Microsoft, it was skipping ahead to Windows 10 to stress its effort to move forward.
  4. Users would be able to switch between touch mode or keyboard input. The new Operating System would feature a task view button on the taskbar which to allow users to quickly scan through the files, windows and desktops that are open.
  5. Consumers would also be able to switch between Microsoft devices more easily and avoid having to buy the same apps multiple times.
  6. Windows 10 would also offer greater security, including separating and securing data in ways more resistant to breach or theft.

According to PTI, Microsoft was restoring some of the more traditional ways of doing things and promised that Windows 10 would be familiar for users regardless of which version of Windows they were now using.

According to Joe Belfiore, a Microsoft executive who oversees Windows design and evolution,  Windows 10 would offer "the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the benefits that exist in Windows 8" to help business users make the transition.

Microsoft offered a glimpse of its vision for Windows at a San Francisco event yesterday for  business customers. Starting today, a technical preview version would be available to selected users. Microsoft plans to unveil details about consumer features early next year, with a formal release in mid-2015.

According to analysts, the success of the new Windows was crucial for Microsoft and new CEO Satya Nadella, who would need to show that Microsoft could embrace mobile devices without sacrificing the traditional computing experience.

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