Microsoft has revealed the name of the next version of its Windows Operating Software, Windows 10.
Dubbed as the company’s “most comprehensive platform ever,” Windows 10 blends the best features of Windows 7, which was geared toward desktops, with the best bits of the tablet-centric Windows 8.
From 4-inch screens to 80-inch screens, Windows 10 can run on a broad set of devices, noted Microsoft.
“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. We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all—we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device,” it said.
According to Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, the company wants to make the transition to Windows 10 more comfortable compared to its unfamiliar leap to Windows 8. sof
Thus, instead of Windows 8’s full-screen start screen, Windows 10 will feature a start menu that is familiar to users of Windows 7 and the live tiles seen in Windows 8. Belfiore noted that the tiles and icons are a blend of new universal apps and classic apps.
It will also come with new options to re-size windows and a task view that helps users master the multi-tasking features.
Although Microsoft focused on improving the desktop version, this does not mean that it is abandoning touch input. For example, a touch-screen device can switch from tablet mode to desktop mode depending on whether it is connected to a keyboard or not.
Meanwhile, Microsoft will start a Windows 10 “Insider Program” from 2 October to provide eager users the opportunity to test the new OS before it goes public. Windows 10 will launch to consumers in mid-2015.