Microsoft officially unveiled the name for the next release of Windows OS which is known as Windows 10. While the software giant had referred to Windows 10 as “Threshold” internally, the official naming ends the rumours of naming of the Windows 8.1 successor like Windows TH, Windows X, Windows One and Windows 9. It has jumped to Windows 10 from the largely unpopular and unsuccessful Windows 8. It is described as Microsoft’s “most comprehensive platform ever” and the new OS will offer a unique experience for all hardware across a single platform family. Also, programmers and developers can build new and universal apps that will work anywhere, anytime and everytime. Windows 10, the new OS is expected to be released to the general public in mid-2015.
According to a senior Microsoft Corporation official, Windows 10 aims for benefitting everybody and being comfortable too. Its goal is to run across an incredibly broad set of devices from the internet to servers worldwide. Some of these devices may be having either 4 inch screens or 80 inch screens or some does not have any screens at all. Some of these devices you can hold in your hand or others that are ten feet away. Some of these devices may use touch or pen while others may use mouse or a keyboard.
Actually speaking, Windows 10 is remarkably a combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft Corporation Vice President Joe Belfiore pointed out that millions of customers are still using Windows 7 and said the company wants to make their transition to Windows 10 much more comfortable than the unfamiliar leap to Windows 8 two years ago. Combining Windows 7 and Windows 8 is not an easy task, with the former being extremely popular and the latter being unpopular. The new OS borrows design elements from each of Microsoft’s two most recent operating systems. Belfiore summed up in short- “Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time”.
The start menu which disappeared in all Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 versions, proved to be a major disaster for Microsoft. But now, the start menu has come back in Windows 10 which has given a major relief for many people worldwide. The Metro Start Screen and Microsoft’s traditional Start Menu have been combined and there is no longer one huge grid of tiles for desktop users in full screen. The tiles and icons are a blend of classic apps and new universal apps. Live Tiles will remain and can be resized to a user’s preference. Belfiore also mentioned that in Windows 8, when users launched a modern app, it had a complete different environment. So, avoiding that duality, he wants users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar user-interface(UI).
There is also new universal search in the start menu that pulls in results from the web, and Microsoft is also improving its task view, which helps users master Windows’ multitasking features. It allows users to set up different desktops for work, home, and other usage scenarios, switching apps between them at will. Up to four apps can now be snapped on screen, which also should ramp up Windows 10’s multitasking power. It is generally intended to speed up the productivity across the entire operating system. Even the Command Prompt has been further modernised and enhanced, as it now supports paste option.
Unfortunately, Microsoft will not abandon pen and touch input. Belfiore said that the Charms Bar from Windows 8 has been carried over to Windows 10 with improvements of its own. He further added that he wants to support those Windows 8 users who have touch machines and they will be benefited. For convertible devices like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, Microsoft is adding a new Continuum mode that aims to make the frequent switch between tablet mode and laptop mode more seamless. Microsoft has now launched a Windows 10 “Insider Program”(Technical Preview), which will give its most enthusiastic and vocal users a chance to try out and help shape the new OS before the general public gets it in 2015. Microsoft has further announced that it will unveil much more about the new consumer features of Windows 10 early next year.
There are some few reasons on the naming of the new OS as Windows 10 and not Windows 9. Unofficial reports claim that the software giant wanted to put away the blunder done in Windows 8 and to leap forward as soon as possible. Other theories suggests that since there are 10 major consumer releases of Windows this year, hence the naming of the new OS has been done. CNET Blogspot has also claimed that many software programs that have been updated to be compatible with each and every Windows upgrade since 1995 may have recycled a version of this code snippet to allow them to work with both Windows 95 and Windows 98.
If Microsoft’s next OS had been named Windows 9, such software would have seen that the name starts with ‘Windows 9’ and could have confused the new OS with the older versions of Windows. It could have created compatibility issues and caused the programs to stop working or it could have led to version-check errors or other unknown problems.