The whole tech world is buzzing with excitement about the news of the new Microsoft operating system dubbed “Windows 10”. With the release of Windows 8 and Windows 8. 1, Microsoft tried (not entirely successfully) to make tablets and smartphones a part of the world of number-crunching desktop workstations and high-end gaming machines, by using an all-in-one touchscreen media systems to thin down notebooks to sleeker and slender tablets. The general consensus of most consumers and experts is that Microsoft is still a long way off of producing a centralized or unified operating system. However, the software giant has made the first step in realizing this concept with the eventual release of Windows 10.

We can say that many people hate Windows 8, just like they hated Windows Vista. And even though this hate exists, consumers are still so addicted to Windows that they will always buy the latest products and will always wait to see if Microsoft got it right this time. Microsoft stated  that the soon to be released Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been in the first place. It’s still too early to do any technical previews since the announcement was only made on September 30. The complete features and changes that Microsoft has promised will be revealed after the official product rollout. Microsoft also made plans with developers and enterprise customers when it released a Windows 10 technical preview on October 1 of this year.

Events Leading to the Release Of Windows 10:

  • September 30 announcement of the Technical Preview of Windows 10 for desktops and laptops, just 3 years after the company unveiled the first public beta version of Windows 8.
  • Windows Insider Program was released on October 1. It is designed to keep the early adopters up to date with the latest builds of Windows 10.
  • The preview build was made available for Windows 7 users as of October 7.
  • The preview build for consumers will be available by 2015 according to Terry Myerson of Microsoft.
  • The Technical Preview will end on April 15, 2015 which will lead to Microsoft’s Build Conference 2015.
  • The Microsoft Build Conference in April 2015 will focus more on Universal Apps and will most likely issue the release date of Windows 10.
  • The software giant will then ship to consumers and enterprises late 2015.

Microsoft also stated that over 1 million individuals are currently testing the Windows 10 Technical Preview and the testers have been very vocal about the features of Windows 10. Even with the large number of testers, there is still no knowledge when the final version will be released. But luckily, Microsoft has teased us with plenty of details.

Microsoft VPs Joe Belfiore (right) and Terry Myerson  presenting a live demo of Windows 10 at a press event in San Francisco, Calif., on September 30. Image credit: www.cnet.com

Microsoft VPs Joe Belfiore (right) and Terry Myerson presenting a live demo of Windows 10 at a press event in San Francisco, Calif., on September 30. Image credit: www.cnet.com

10 Features Of Windows 10: Combining the Old And the New

The current build of the new OS has no Internet Explorer and other consumer features like Windows media player. Below are some notable new features of Windows 10 that were presented on September 30.

1. Touch Technology Will Still Be Available

Microsoft has not given up on touch technology. The company said that touch will still appeal to experts and novices alike. The Charms bar will remain for the moment, although it will not be a feature for non-touch systems eventually. The company also stated that they will support touch users who have persevered with Windows 8 and will give enhancements to the touch user interface. Task switching will no longer work on the left of the screen, since charms is going down the drain.

2. The Start Button And Start Menu            

The old and very reliable Start Button and the Start Menu are back! It’s like going home, but with new furniture added to your house. The new Start Menu will bring customizable space for your favorite or preferred applications and Live Tiles from Windows 8.1. It combines the reliability of Windows 7 and the touch features of Windows 8.

Start button at the lower left hand side and the Start Menu. Image credit: www.express.co.uk

Start button at the lower left hand side and the Start Menu. Image credit: www.express.co.uk

3. The New Task View

A new Task View is also introduced in Windows 10. Users can switch between a number of virtual desktops. Microsoft said that they have recognized novice users commonly use the taskbar rather than switching screens using Alt+Tab keys.

Virtual desktops. Image credit: www.lifehacker.co.uk

Virtual desktops. Image credit: www.lifehacker.co.uk

4. The Snap Assist

Users will be able to have 4 applications snapped on the same screen with a newly introduced quadrant layout. Windows 10 will also show other applications and programs running for further snapping. It will also make snappy suggestions on filling available screen space with other open applications.

The quadrant feature of Snap Assist. Image credit:  www.lifehacker.co.uk

The quadrant feature of Snap Assist. Image credit: www.lifehacker.co.uk

5. Enhanced Command Prompt

The command prompt for Windows 10 will be getting keyboard shortcuts. This will enable any user to paste commands at ease. Many people are saying this is going to be a nifty feature.

6. Windows Explorer

The Home location will be the new default view in Windows Explorer. It will also feature a share button on the Winodws Explorer task bar. This will also enable quick switching between open files and faster access to any virtual desktop created by the user.

7. Continuum

This feature is an on-the-fly mode designed for 2 in 1 devices that will change the mode automatically if no keyboard is detected or attached.

8. File Explorer

Finding your recent files and frequently visited folders will be very easy when using this feature.

Image credit: microsoft-news.com

Image credit: microsoft-news.com

9. One OS Across All Platforms                     

Microsoft is designing windows 10 to be used across all platforms and devices from phones to tablets, laptops to desktops, gaming consoles to servers. One OS to rule them all, one OS to bind them… Excuse the geeky references!

One operating system to rule them all...Image credit: www.omgubuntu.co.uk

One operating system to rule them allImage credit: www.omgubuntu.co.uk

10. Universal Application Will Now Run On Windows

Apps from the Windows store will now open in the same format, just like desktop applications do. They can be resized, moved around and will have title bars at the top of the window that will allow the user to minimize, maximize and close the window with just one click. This is an exciting feature since apps haven’t been too popular due to the fact that they take up your entire screen space.

Application window. Image credit: http://blogs.windows.com/

Application window. Image credit: http://blogs.windows.com/

Additional Features For Enterprise, The Cloud And Secuirty      

Microsoft has also added that the new OS will include several features that will make it attractive to business clients. The operating system will feature information and identity protection features and enterprise-grade security, although no further details have yet been presented. They also stated that businesses will be able to directly upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10 without the need to reformat the system and re-install necessary devices.

The new OS will also let users create an identity for device access, websites and applications. This will make it easier for customers to restrict access to any unauthorized users. They will also integrate different multi-factor authentication solutions like talking-based systems or smart cards in the OS.

While Microsoft is giving focus on Office 365 and SkyDrive, Windows 10 will be more connected with Micorsoft’s cloud computing strategy and eventually IoT (internet of things) where they will surely make windows run on anything and everything.

It is still too early to make any conclusive statements about Windows 10. But with the features that have been presented to us so far, it will surely feel as if you’ve been brought back to familiar grounds, but with more features to make your computing life more fun, easier and more productive.

What do you think the new Windows is going to be like? Let us know if you’re excited for Microsoft’s next venture in the comments.

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