Microsoft is skipping the number 9 and going for 10 instead. The follow-on to the Windows 8 system will go by the name Windows 10. The operating system promises to be more intuitive for the millions of users who are still using Windows 7 and other older OSes. It will also try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.
So why Windows 10 and not 9? Microsoft is eager to break with the past. Microsoft considered the name Windows One to match their other products like OneNote and OneDrive. Unfortunately, the name was already taken by the founder, Bill Gates.
Various tech critics also believe that the numeric jump coincides with Apple’s unveiling of OSX. They argue that Microsoft simply did not want to be one step behind Apple’s OS X numerically.
Is there a start menu?
There will be a start menu and the new one will combine the interface of Windows with that of Windows 8. That means the menu will be split. On the left you will have apps being displayed in the familiar Windows 7 style, while on the right you will have colourful live tiles that you currently see in Windows 8. The start menu can be easily customized – move the tiles around, resize the tiles and make the start menu as tall and thin or flat as you want.
Will there still be two distinct environments?
Microsoft is trying to move away from that. They don’t want to reintroduce the duality that users see in Windows 8. They want users on PCs to have their familiar desktop UI and that means a task bar and a start menu.
When will it be released?
The launch date is scheduled for the middle of next year. The price has not been set yet. There are also no incentive programs to get users to upgrade. We will be updating this post as soon as we receive this information.
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