As a follow-up to Windows 8, Microsoft has released a preview of its newest operating system (launching next year) – and they’re calling it Windows 10.
During a live demo event that happened last September, Microsoft VPs Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson presented the newest version of their operating system. Here are just some of Windows 10’s features:
- Universal Windows apps: Windows 10 will switch to a “live” tile interface which will be applied across all platforms, providing a more tailored experience for users and an enhanced focus on productivity, keyboard and touch experience.
- The new OS combines Windows 8’s most favored design features and the functionality of Windows 7, which is the company’s most widely-used OS thus far.
- It will run on all devices and, yes, it has a start menu.
- Enhanced, more user-friendly keyboard shortcuts, such as:
- Win + Tab – allows you to create and switch between multiple desktop screens.
- Ctrl + Win +Right/Left – allows you to quickly move between virtual desktops.
Theories as to why they skipped Windows 9
There are quite a few rumors surrounding Microsoft’s name choice. One is that the jump from Windows 8 to 10 was actually a strategic marketing move by Windows to build hype and to get people talking about the OS.
Then there’s one Reddit user with the handle “cranbourne” (who claims to be a developer from Microsoft), who says that the choice to stick with Microsoft 10 was an attempt to avoid getting mixed up with third-party apps who use Windows 9x in a lot of their code.
Another theory is that Microsoft doesn’t want to associate it with its older systems (Windows 95, 98). When asked, Myerson, the executive VP of the Operating Systems group, said “We’re not building an incremental product….When you see the product in its fullness, I think you’ll agree it’s an appropriate name for the breadth of the product family that’s coming.”
Yet another theory is jumping over another Vista situation.
Whatever the reason might be, Windows 10’s performance is yet to be tested – we’ll just have to wait and see if it lives up to Microsoft’s promises.