Windows 10 is coming mid-2015 with Continuum and Unified apps store. (Event precis.)

Updated on 30 September 2014

At last. Microsoft have just announced the name of the next version of Windows and to everyone’s shock it’s going to be called Windows 10.

Windows 10 Logo

Windows 10 Logo

I’ve been following the live blog at The Verge and hundreds of tweets coming out of the event and it’s already clear that Microsoft is going to be focusing on business with Windows 10. A familiar look, security and management is being promoted which, for those of us into touch, is a worrying start.

As was previously rumored, Store-based Universal apps will be sandboxed and will run on the desktop. At this point we’re getting a little bit more worried about the touch UI that was Metro.

Microsoft appear to have implemented a new multi-desktop feature which allows the user to grab apps from another desktop and there’s an unexpected update to the command line. You can now CTRL-C, CTRL-V among other keyboard shortcuts

Touch users…

“We want to support those Windows 8 users who have touch machines and getting a lot of benefit out of them.”

Some edge swipes are still there, there is scrolling and pinch support. The charms bar was shown in a demo but apparently that might change.  The task view (swipe from left) will be removed and replaced with a desktop-style task switcher.

2-in-1 users can benefit from a new feature that Microsoft are calling Continuum which changes the look based on the input method being used.

Touch users can now breath a sign of relief. Here’s the Start screen on a touch-enabled device.

Windows 10 Start screen for touch users.

 

Above image via The Verge

Preview versions of Windows 10 under the Windows Insider Program  will appear at http://preview.windows.com

Windows 10 is said to be shipping “later in the year” 2015 which is later than expected. “At our Build conference in April, we’ll share more about Universal apps.” Of course we already heard about universal apps at this years BUILD.

Finally, in a Q&A it was confirmed that the new smartphone operating system from Microsoft will also be called Windows 10 but won’t have a desktop.

That wraps-up the first information we have about Windows 10. More will filter through over time so stay tuned!

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. tmarks11 says:

    Maybe Microsoft is afraid people will think they are behind the times if iOS9 came out before Win 9???

  2. Dwig says:

    “…and to everyone’s shock it’s going to be called Windows 10”

    No big supprise to me. This is just MS admitting their marketing failure, or lack of guts, in naming Windows 8.1 as such, instead of Windows 9.

    Vista: real Windows ver# 6.0; 6+0=6
    Win7: rea1 Windows ver# 6.1; 6+1=7
    Win8.0: real Windows ver# 6.2; 6+2=8
    Win8.1: real Windows ver# 6.3; 6+3=9 not 8.1 !!
    Win10: real Windows ver# 6.4; 6+4=10

    True, my addition is merely whimsy that happens to fit, but the real Windows numeric version numbers are real. MS rev’d the version number of 8.1 as they would with a full version upgrade without changing the “street” name in a similar manner. Perhaps they wanted to avoid setting a precedent of not charging for a full upgrade and used the “8.1” moniker instead of the appropriate “9”. Whatever their thinking, using “Windows 10” for version 6.4 puts them back on track.

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