Microsoft has finally unveiled its next reiteration of theWindows platform, Windows 10. After several speculation over what the next version of Windows would be like, Microsoft unveiled the next version of Windows in a very conservative launching with 50 or more reporters. Insights into the Windows 10 name (or why it was not named Windows 9) was explained at first part of the event before, Joe took over and explained what to expect of the core experience of the upcoming Windows 10. What I particularly like about their approach to building Windows 10 was that they have finally recognized the importance of the Windows 7 user base and have put that in mind in designing Windows 10. But that is not only the case when designing the new Windows.
Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. 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.
The Start Screen is now back to being a start Menu but depending on what device you may be using, the Start Screen can still be activated for touch only devices. Users using convertible laptops or notebooks can now have the option to switch between a desktop Start Menu or a larger one that fills the screen when the convertible is switched to a full tablet mode. One thing you will surely welcome on the new Start Menu is how it becomes more intuitive and how easy it is to resize it.
One particular feature, Snap, which I am particularly fond of using, is now paired with Snap Assist. This is a very welcome addition to the functionality that Windows 7 and 8 has been enjoying. Those who have bigger screens can now maximize their screens real estate faster and efficiently.
Finally, Windows 10 will feature multiple desktops, a feature you usually see in Linux based desktops.
Using the time of the year when Windows 8 was released, Windows 10 might be available to consumers around October of 2015.
For more info on what the upcoming Windows 10 would look like, just click on the videos below.
Introducing Windows 10 – the Best Windows Yet
A First Look at Windows 10
Windows 10 “continuum” design exploration (no sound)