Microsoft has finally introduced its latest version of Windows to the world. We had told you earlier today that Microsoft was working on its next version of its popular operating system that it was to release today. The company has not disappointed as it has officially introduced this new operating system. Microsoft decided to skip 9 and named the new OS Windows 10.
Windows 10 is described as Microsoft’s “most comprehensive platform ever,” and is a full-blown Windows version and not just a small upgrade. This new version will deliver a tailored experience for all hardware across a single platform family. Developers will have the opportunity to build universal apps that can work across all platforms.
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.
Windows 10 looks somehow like Windows 7 and this was intentional for Microsoft given that a huge percentage of users are still using Windows 7, this is to help users make a smooth transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10. According to Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore “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.”
With Windows 10, Microsoft has combined the traditional start Menu and the “Metro” start screen of Windows 8. The tiles and icons are a blend of classic apps and the new universal apps. Joe Belfiore added, Microsoft is working to make everything feel way more cohesive. “In Windows 8 when users launched a modern app, it sort of had a different environment,” Belfiore said. “We don’t want that duality. We want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar UI.”
Pricing and Availability
The preview version of Windows 10 will be unveiled soon but the full version will be as from April 2015. Microsoft did not mention the exact price of Windows 10 and did not confirm nor deny that the upgrade from Windows 8 will be free.