On Sep 30th 2014 Microsoft announced the next version of Windows, dubbing it Windows 10 and leapfrogging Windows 9 altogether. If we had to describe Windows 10 in a single sentence, it would be: “Combining the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 into a modern-looking, yet traditional package.”
Windows 10 Release Date
Up to this point, Microsoft hasn’t given a specific date for the release of their new desktop operating system. The only thing we know for certain it that Windows 10 will land “later in 2015”.
If you are itching to try Windows 10 for yourself, feel free to sign up for the public beta program and download the Windows 10 Technical Preview today. This technical preview is set to expire on April 15 2015, exactly two weeks before the start of Microsoft’s developer conference, Build 2015. We expect that an official release date for Windows 10 will be announced during the keynote.
Features You’ll find
- The Start menu is back! You read this correctly – the Start menu makes its triumphant return to Windows, but with a twist – in addition to the classic layout, there is now an area dedicated to Modern apps and other items you have manually pinned to Start. You also have the ability to resize the Start menu just like you would any other window.
- Modern apps now run in windows. Every modern app that you use in Windows 10 will have the standard Minimize, Maximize/Restore and Close buttons, so you can have multiple Modern apps open and present on the screen.
- No charms bar. The charms have moved to a menu in the title window of Modern apps.
- Do your work on multiple desktops. A new feature in Windows 10 is the ability to have multiple desktops and different apps open on each one. If you’ve ever played with Mac OS X or Linux, you’ve likely encountered this feature before. However, while testing the Technical Preview of Windows 10, we have found that the multiple desktop experience lacks a certain fluidity and is yet to be streamlined.
- Search your PC from your task bar. There is a new icon on the task bar dedicated to searching. It is able to find files as well as give you web results.
- A supercharged Action Center. Up to Windows 8.1, Action Center was all about system maintenance and security risks. Now with Windows 10, it will also be a place where Marketplace and possibly 3rd party apps can display notifications, much like a notification center on a phone.
- Enhanced window snapping. Now as you snap windows to the sides of your screen, Windows will offer smaller sizes for the next window snapped, so you can have up to four apps on the screen at once.
- Cortana. Although not present in the Tech Preview, we expect to see Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Siri, make an appearance on Windows when the Redmond company officially announces the product.
What about the price of Windows 10?
When it comes to pricing, there is a lot of speculation and almost no solid information. In a world where Apple offers OS X for free to consumers and Google offers Android and Chrome OS for free to manufacturers, Microsoft find themselves backed into a corner and forced to drive their prices down and possibly even offer a free version of Windows 10 to both parties.