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Microsoft Announced Its Next OS: Windows 10

Yes, yes Windows 10 will be the next iteration of Windows. They did skip Windows 9 oddly, but no one really is wondering or they are letting it slide. The new and improved big brother of Windows 8 will look more like Windows 7, but will continue to build on live tiles, snap windows, and a unified app store. Microsoft is no longer taking a “mobile first” approach but taking it back to the basics.

Windows 10, Microsoft has managed to preserve some of Windows 8’s Metro touches while also adding new multitasking features and other usability enhancements likely to bring enterprise and desktop power users back to the Windows fold.

As Microsoft worked on Windows 8 in 2011, it revealed that use of the Start button and Start Menu were on the wane. In a series of posts designed to help developers and Windows users understand Microsoft’s desktop strategy, Microsoft Windows Program Lead Chaitanya Sareen explained that people were pinning more and more applications to their task bars and rarely visiting Start:

In summary, the taskbar has evolved to replace many aspects of the Start menu. You can even say the taskbar reveals many of the weaknesses of the Start menu and that the menu is no longer as valuable as it once was long ago. Search and access to All Programs are still unique strengths of the Start menu that we know you depend upon, but when it comes to the apps you use every day, one-click access from the taskbar is hard to beat.

 

This version of windows is supposed to fix Microsoft’s enterprise problem and prevent companies from switching to Apple products. If this doesn’t help some companies come off of Windows XP or Windows 7 then Microsoft back up plan is to offer Office on all platforms. Microsoft still has a lot of work to do, and the company didn’t give a date when the new Windows will hit consumers computers. Also Microsoft didn’t say if they would offer this as a free upgrade or if it would cost a large amount as previous versions of Windows.

How this will also affect the Surface Pro should also be consider. Microsoft made these touch screen computers to take full advantage of the mobile first approach of Windows 8. I’m also wondering how OEMs will take this change because they have pushed touch screens onto most major computers, which isn’t bad but took advantage of Windows 8. Hopefully this new os will bring more businesses into using this new modern OS.

Tell us in the comments below what you first think about Microsoft naming this updated OS Windows 10 instead of Windows 9. Also tell us what you think about the new look and feel of Windows 10.

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