Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 is coming. They believed this next version of Windows deserves to be 10 so they simply skipped Windows 9. Windows 10 is being developed primarily for Enterprises and will combine the Enterprise beloved Windows 7 features for mouse and keyboard with Windows 8 features for touch. It will also contain better Enterprise licensing for software, better security and programs that are available on Windows will also be available on phones and tablets and vice versa. Programmers will only have to write one program for all devices.
One big change Microsoft demoed is the Start Menu. The familiar Start Menu is back, but improved with Live Tiles from the Start Screen. It also now contains quick access to your power options such as shutting down or restarting your computer.
Another new feature is Virtual Desktops. Similar to the Mac and Linux feature, Virtual Desktops will allow for better organization. You can use one Desktop for all your Accounting programs and use another Desktop for all your internet browsing Windows, for example. You can even assign a different Desktop to each monitor.
Modern Windows have also changed a bit in that they are easier to work with like normal Windows. Both can be added to your Taskbar and pinned vertically or horizontally. There will also be an option for Tablet mode which will allow Windows to run in full screen mode.
When will it be released & what will the cost be?
Microsoft has not yet announced a date, but Q2 has been rumored. The price has also not yet been released, but it is also rumored that it will be a free update for Windows 8 users.
Can I test it now?
Even though Windows 10 is not yet released, there are early builds that will start being available for technicians and Enterprises to test starting Wednesday, the 1st. You can download this technical preview for free, but we highly suggest to install it on a secondary computer for testing only. The technical preview is Microsoft’s way of letting technical users and Enterprises start getting familiar with Windows 10 now and Microsoft has built in a feedback system in order to start collecting mass user feedback. Microsoft wants to drive this version of Windows from what users want.