Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Operating System

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1. The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security and management capabilities. The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on.

"Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. "This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead."
Windows 10: familiarity and consistency across devices
Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using - from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets - and what they're doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity. Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide. Microsoft is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store. Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers.

Windows 10: designed for the challenges of modern business
Windows 10 builds nearly everything that businesses need right into the core of the product - including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features - in ways that can reduce complexities and provide better experiences than other solutions. One area of advancement is in the work Microsoft has done with user identities to improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing. Windows 10 will also help advance data loss prevention by using containers and data separation at the application and file level, enabling protection that follows the data as it goes from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, email or the cloud.

Management and deployment have been simplified to help lower costs, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete. Businesses will also have the flexibility to choose how quickly they adopt the latest innovations and influence continued improvements. In addition, organizations will be able to customize an app store specific to their needs and environment. The intent is an app store that will allow for volume app licensing, flexible distribution, and the ability for organizations to reclaim or reuse licenses when necessary.

Technical preview PC productivity
The early technical preview of Windows 10 demonstrates new levels of flexibility, navigation and familiarity through the Windows experience. Features include these:
  • Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites.
  • Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click.
  • Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
  • New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created.
  • Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it's easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects - whether for work or personal use.
Open and collaborative development
The introduction of the Windows Insider Program demonstrates Microsoft's continued commitment to working closely with customers to help shape the future of Windows. Windows Insiders will be able to give feedback on early builds of the product throughout the development cycle. The program will include various ways for Windows Insiders to engage in a two-way dialogue with Microsoft, including a Windows Feedback app for sharing suggestions and issues and a Windows Technical Preview Forum for interacting with Microsoft engineers and fellow Insiders. More information on the Windows Insider Program and the technical preview can be found here.

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129 Comments on Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Operating System

#1
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
What happened to Windows 9? :confused:
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#2
The Von Matrices
Aquinus
What happened to Windows 9? :confused:
The numbering scheme has not made sense in the past decade.

The successor to Windows Vista (kernel version 6.0) was kernel version 6.1, but of course Microsoft had to call it Windows 7. Windows 8.1 is still kernel version 6.3.
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#3
Katanai
You don't have to watch the video. I will translate it for you: bla bla bla let me brainwash you bla bla bla into becoming an unpaid beta tester for us bla bla bla...
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#4
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
The Von Matrices
The numbering scheme has never made sense. For example Windows 8.1 is still kernel version 6.3.
Don't even get me start on the fact that it's still the NT kernel. I have a Windows NT 4 book where you can literally flip to almost any page and still do the same exact thing in Windows 7 as you could in NT 4 and I suspect it hasn't changed too much in 8/8.1. Microsoft fails to make much sense a lot of the time imho.
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#7
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Aquinus
I'm going to be really pissed off if Windows versions start looking like OS X versions.
From what I read a little while ago, they are doing away with all the stupid versions. I do not think there is going to be an ultimate. Probably like a Business/Enterprise and Pro.

Just bring me Cortana, Microsoft, to my PC!!!
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#8
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
So what's really happening is that Microsoft decided to skip the version of Windows (Windows 9) that wasn't going to suck and decided to go right to the next mistake. Lovely. :p
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#9
NC37
So...literally 10 is going to be what 8 should have been had the design team not been huffing paint...makes sense. They still gotta prove it tho and we'll know by launch if it sinks or swims depending on how many get downgrade options.
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#10
Ahhzz
Meh. They did alright by Win7, especially after the fiasco that was Vista. My clients (and myself) will enjoy the return to an actual desktop with start menu, and I actually like the tile set on the right of the start menu. Multiple desktops will be nice, especially if they can be hotkeyed like some third-party software. Would be better if it was able to dedicate cores to a desktop, but my money is on "not". Still, I'll snag the tech preview, dump it on a box or two and see how it runs. Can't really be worse than Win 8 :)
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#11
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Hilux SSRG
So is it this Wednesday that the Windows Insider Program starts?
That's how I understood it.
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#12
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Aquinus
I'm going to be really pissed off if Windows versions start looking like OS X versions.
Ive never liked the apple interfaces and w8 pissed me off. W10 better make it right. Honestly if MS had released w8 with w7 interface i would of been content to switch but no thanks.
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
eidairaman1
Ive never liked the apple interfaces and w8 pissed me off. W10 better make it right. Honestly if MS had released w8 with w7 interface i would of been content to switch but no thanks.
Finally! Someone that feels like I do. My biggest gripe with 8 was the loss of aero. FULL aero
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#15
Hilux SSRG
eidairaman1
Ive never liked the apple interfaces and w8 pissed me off. W10 better make it right. Honestly if MS had released w8 with w7 interface i would of been content to switch but no thanks.
I hate apple's os' for productivity, it's just slow. It feels like I'm always waiting for programs to open, switch apps, etc.
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#16
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Finally! Someone that feels like I do. My biggest gripe with 8 was the loss of aero. FULL aero
Aero and start menu definitely. Most users dont even know how to shut their pcs down properly because of this.
Hilux SSRG
I hate apple's os' for productivity, it's just slow. It feels like I'm always waiting for programs to open, switch apps, etc.
Iphones would lock up for no reason and restart or overheat...
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#17
WhiteLotus
I look forward to the day where Microsoft bins the Windows operating system, and build an entirely new operating system from the bottom up. New everything. They are the only company in the world capable of doing it. About time something new happened as opposed to ui changes.
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#18
ssdpro
Aquinus
I'm going to be really pissed off if Windows versions start looking like OS X versions.
Windows 10.1: Jaguar
Windows 10.2: Kitty Kat
Windows 10.3: Puget Sound
Windows 10.4: St. Helens
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
WhiteLotus
I look forward to the day where Microsoft bins the Windows operating system, and build an entirely new operating system from the bottom up. New everything. They are the only company in the world capable of doing it. About time something new happened as opposed to ui changes.
Give us our damn new file system already!
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#20
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Give us our damn new file system already!
FAT256!!!
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#21
Hilux SSRG
I really hope MS hits the mid-2015 release target. It would perfectly coincide with a Skylake build. But in all likelihood MS and/or Intel will screw up their releases.
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#22
air_ii
So, they basically screw things up with W8 by ditching start menu and making working with Modern UI apps a disaster and now they get things back to W7 usability levels and tell you it's the best windows ever (those were key focus points of the video, right?).
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#23
TheMailMan78
Big Member
As long as they don't dump metro for an antiqued interface Ill be happy. I want the option to keep metro. Curious to see what security improvements they bring in Win10.
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#24
ssdpro
TheMailMan78
As long as they don't dump metro for an antiqued interface Ill be happy. I want the option to keep metro. Curious to see what security improvements they bring in Win10.
I said before, metro/modern sucks from a productivity standpoint - give ME the option of old interface. I will stay consistent and agree with you, keep metro/modern and give YOU the choice.
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#25
TheMailMan78
Big Member
ssdpro
I said before, metro/modern sucks from a productivity standpoint - give ME the option of old interface. I will stay consistent and agree with you, keep metro/modern and give YOU the choice.
Its fine for productivity. Been using it since the beta.
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