Microsoft unveiled the next version of Windows operating system, Windows 10 at an San Francisco event.
The OS was referred by Microsoft insiders as ‘Windows vNext’, ‘Threshold’ codename by its internal development team. The next major OS will be Windows 10 and not Windows 9 as we expected.
In the video, Windows VP Joe Belfiore talks about some of the features in Windows 10, like the new Start menu, multiple desktops, and improved multi-tasking.
Windows 10 will represents the first step in a whole new generation of Windows. It will focus on one Windows product family across devices, corporate users will find Windows 10 “familiar, compatible and productive,” said Microsoft executive Terry Myerson.
Joe Belfiore gave a demo of the OS, that shows the focus on the core experience in how the PC is evolving. It features Windows 8’s live tiles, Windows 7’s elements, Start menu, taskbar and more.
Myerson explains the reason why they Windows 9, “When you see the product in its fullness I think you will agree with us that it is a more appropriate name.”
Belfiore said that Microsoft wants to focus on personalization, to make the Windows experience particular to individual users’ tastes and preferences. “We are trying to hit this balance in just the right way.”
“Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide.
Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away.
Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.”
Joe Belfiore points out the millions of customers are still using Windows 7, and they want to make their transition to Windows 10 much more comfortable. “We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius, and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla.”
“Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time. Windows 10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever,” said Terry Myerson.
For Windows 10, W8’s “Metro” start screen and the traditional Start Menu have been combined. “The tiles and icons that are shown are a blend of classic apps and new universal apps,” Belfiore said.
The Live Tiles are still present, users will have the option to resize them. “In Windows 8 when users launched a modern app, it sort of had a different environment.
We don’t want that duality. We want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar UI.”
It illustrates for Windows we have to address a breadth of users.” Belfiore said and went on to show a big improvement to command prompt, it now supports paste.
Belfiore adds, the Windows 8 Charms bar has been carried over to Windows 10 with additional improvements. “We want to support those Windows 8 users who have touch machines and getting a lot of benefit out of them.”
Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider program on Wednesday and will release a technical preview of Windows 10, which will precisely have enterprise focus, and is likely to be missing many consumer-oriented features.
Myerson emphasized that the insider program is for people who are comfortable “running pre-release software that will be of variable quality. We want to set expectations right.
We are planning to share more than we ever have before…Windows 10 will be our most collaborative, open OS project ever.”
Microsoft will talk more about consumer experience at their developer conference in Spring 2015. Windows 10 is expected to release in late-2015.