Yes. They skipped a number, we know. Hopefully this is an indication of where Microsoft is going with Windows.
With Windows 10, Microsoft did a combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8. You still have the tiles and apps of Windows 8, but the start menu is back! Joe Belfiore of Microsoft said the company wanted to bring back the familiarity of Windows 7 and the functionality of Windows 8. Maybe so, but personally I find 7 a lot more functional than 8; navigation is much easier. Whereas 8 was more of a tablet OS, Microsoft has moved back towards a computer-geared OS model for Windows 10.
Check out this video from Microsoft that shows the new OS in action!
This video shows seamless integration between Windows 10 as a tablet and a PC operating system. In PC mode, the start menu opens the “Windows 7 Start Menu” with the familiar quick launch icons, and the applications over to the side. Switch to tablet mode, and you get the Windows 8 tiles OS. Now you don’t have to use your laptop as a tablet. That was one of my biggest frustrations with the tile system of 8. Thank you Microsoft!
Windows 10 features a new “task view” that is reminiscent of the Mac taskbar, and resizing windows that automatically fill the screen or change layout to match the window size. Users will get keyboard shortcuts that were missing in Windows 8 back, and although that might not be the most groundbreaking news, ctrl+c and other shortcuts can be the most powerful functions on a machine.
Is Microsoft feeling guilty about 8, so they skipped straight to double digits with 10? Perhaps. Microsoft only revealed a few thing about Windows 10, but we will keep you up to date as Microsoft releases more information. You can’t get 10 yet for about a year, unfortunately; Windows 10 is due to release in late 2015.
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