Windows 10: All you need to know

On 30th September, 2014 Microsoft in their Press Conference at San Francisco unveiled Windows 10. Windows 10 is the next version of Windows by Microsoft, which Microsoft is said to launch somewhere in the next year.

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So as everyone wonders, you may have a question what happened to Windows 9? Well Microsoft decided to name the next version of Windows, Windows 10 instead of Windows 9. No official reason for this name jump is known. But many theories have surfaced the internet. The most convincing theory is that CNET posted on their site. They say the reason for skipping Windows 9 is because of Windows 95 and Windows 98. Many apps were built on Windows 95 and Windows 98 which were later ported to newer version of Windows like Windows 8.1. These apps check the Windows version for compatibility as “Windows 9x”. This could prove to be a problem with these apps, as when they check for the OS version, they could take the OS as Windows 95 or 98 and cause serious compatibility issues.

So now lets get on with the features of Windows 10.

Start Menu

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Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu found in Windows 7 and other older version of Windows, with live tiles. The new start menu features the Windows 7 app list on the left, through which you can pin the apps to start which will appear on the right as Live Tiles, similar to that of in Windows 8. The new start menu doesn’t replace the Start Screen found in Windows 8, but in Windows 10 you have the option to chose between the Start Menu and Start Screen.

Everything runs in a Window

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In Windows 10 all apps run in window, whether its a modern app or a Win32 app, everything runs in a window. You can resize the window to any extent as you wish.

Snap Enhancements

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Now you can snap up to four apps in the desktop, whether its a modern app or a Win32 app, multitasking has been made even more better with Windows 10. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.

New task view button

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There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.

Multi-Desktop

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With Multi-Desktops, you can create as much as virtual desktops you want for different projects or just having fun. You can have a desktop for work, another one for browsing the web, etc. Multi-Desktop helps you to be more productive by effectively managing your home and work environment.

Also you can now find files easily with File Explorer. File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier. You can watch video below, where Joe Belfiore demonstrates Windows 10.

Technical Preview

On 1st October, Microsoft launched their Windows Insider Program that allows you get early builds of Windows 10 Operating System. You can signup at preview.windows.com for Windows Insider Program, where you can the respective Windows 10 version for PC. The 64-bit version is a 3.68GB download while the 32-bit is a 2.93GB download. Microsoft though recommends that you keep the following important points in mind before you install the Windows 10 Technical Preview

  • Remember, trying out an early build like this can be risky. That’s why we recommend that you don’t install the preview on your primary home or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything.
  • If you want to stop using Windows Technical Preview and return to your previous version of Windows, you’ll need to reinstall your previous version from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC—typically a DVD. If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create a USB recovery drive.
  • After you install Windows Technical Preview, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

More on Windows 10

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Microsoft Says that “Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.

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.”

This means that Windows 10 can run on computers, laptops, tablets, hybrids, smartphones and even on devices without a screen. At the end of the conference on 30th September, when Joe Belfiore was asked whether Windows 10 is the next version of Windows Phone, the answer was simply “Yes”. So we can expect the next version of Windows Phone to be Windows 10. But the Windows Phone version wont have a desktop experience.

Conclusion

All that being said, Windows 10 is definitely an incredible OS. Windows 10 brings a whole new generation of Windows and we might actually see people moving from older versions of Windows like Windows XP and Windows 7 to Windows 10. Windows 10 is going to be free update for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users. There is also an report which suggests that Windows 7 users will also receive an update to Windows 10, though nothing can be said at this moment. Microsoft is said to unveil the Consumer Version of Windows 10 sometime in the early 2015. Microsoft is going to speak more about apps and app development for Windows 10 in its BUILD conference at April, 2015. We might also see an consumer version of Windows 10 ready for users, on the BUILD Conference. The consumer version of Windows 10 is said to have features like Cortana, Notification Center, Storage Sense, etc., much of which found in Windows Phone. All we can do now is wait for the BUILD conference which will held on April, 2015.

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