Windows 10 brings improved desktop experience, better multi-tasking, and other good stuff

Out of the literal blue, Microsoft announced the next version of Windows. It's Windows 10. That's right, MS just went ahead and skipped a number. While the reasons are a numeric mystery of their own, Windows 10 looks like good news at the moment! It's one operating system. One platform. One interface. One app store. For all personal computing and communications devices imaginable - from the tiniest wearables to the bulkiest of computers.

So, what's up with Windows? In short, lots is up. Here are some of the upcoming innovations in brief, fresh off the Microsoft tribune!

The Start Menu returns with a vengeance

Ever dreamed for a Start button on your smartphone? You will finally be able to have one! But more importantly, PC users will be getting it and rejoicing as Microsoft finally solved the UI duality that plagued Windows 8. The new old Start menu is a hybrid of Windows 7's Aero layout and Windows 8's Live tiles. This time around, you are getting the best of both, and with resizable tiles and customizations making the cut, the "Metro" experience will be, at the very worst, palatable. You get a "Me" tile, universal search (web & file system), pinning apps as tiles, and a no-frills option to turn off your device.

Touch-based apps and "universal" apps will run on desktop

Windows 8 apps made for touch control will be working in a regular keyboard + mouse environment, entirely in the desktop. These are called "Universal apps", and they are available next to "classic" apps reminiscent of Windows 7. Below is a touch-based app running in the desktop environment.. While we're yet to see how this will pan out in real life, the mere notion of not switching between Metro view and the Windows desktop brings comfort to our hearts.

Improved multi-tasking

There's a new Task View that shows even bigger snapshots of the apps you currently have running, along with the new "virtual desktops" shown on the bottom. Task View, which is available by swiping from the left, or clicking a taskbar button, lets you switch between multiple desktops and apps alike. You will also find a Snap Assist feature that lets you snap together apps running in separate desktops. That, and Ctrl + V pasting in the Command Prompt are the subtlest, but no less important improvements in Windows 10 by far. Oh, and the Charms bar has been made larger, and with easier to touch buttons.

Snap-snap snapping!

Microsoft showed how Windows 10 users will be ale to snap together at least four running apps, gluing them together in a view that will look spectacular on a large monitor. It should look great on a Surface tab as well, so don't fret over Microsoft being too PC-centric this time.

Device adaptability

A new feature named Continuum lets Windows 10 automatically adapt itself to whatever device you happen to be using it in a given moment. Say you're running Windows 10 on a tablet with a paired keyboard. You are in desktop mode. When you remove the keyboard, you will get asked if you want to switch to Tablet mode. If you do, the app you're currently using will automatically expand itself to a full-screen view and the interface will switch to touch-centric tiles. But how will Windows 10 look on the smartphone? It is said that it will look just like the reworked touch-based UI in Windows 10. So Windows Phone users won't suddenly find themselves in murky desktop waters!

One for all, all for one

Just in case it isn't clear - with Windows 10, Microsoft wants to deliver one application platform, one app store, one way to search, buy, and update apps across all your devices. It's a comprehensive platform built with Satya Nadella's "cloud-first" mantra in mind. To call this an ambitious undertaking would be an understatement - bringing a seamless, unified experience across a wide range of devices portable and static - but Microsoft has almost infinite resources to throw at it, and make it happen!

Price and release date

A Windows 10 Technical Preview version will be released for desktop and laptop computers tomorrow. The final version of Windows 10 will ship sometime after the Microsoft Build conference in the middle of 2015. This year's Build conference was held between April 2-4. As for the price, you know as much as we do! MS only mentioned they would like to give Windows 7 users an incentive to upgrade, which could be loosely interpreted as "free" or "reasonably priced" in the context of pricing.



1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Excited about the desktop changes. Makes me feel gad I held off on Win 8. Apple, iOS might be the odd man out if both Android and MS succeed at the OS across multiple size devices thing, unified platform.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Apple has this: Not 100% the same thing, but they do try to bring unified user experience as well.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also PushBullet unifies your experiences as well And its cross-platform, availauble iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Chrome OS

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Hey, thanks for this. I had no idea Apple was going this route too. Seems like the unified experience is going to be the future.

20. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

welcome "back" to Mac, windows user. you do know Windows is a Mac total rip-off, right?

26. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

And I believe Poland invaded Germany and started World War 2

2. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

it's strange no Windows 9? I like and use Windows 8.1 but I do not have a touch screen monitor and have set my Desktop computer to boot directly to the desk top mode so these new changes will help me out greatly. from what I read the charms will only be accessible like that are now if you have a touch screen. so are Windows 10 looks great!

3. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Free Win10 for Win8 user?

7. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

you're one of those people that dont read articles huh? read the last paragraph. MS doesnt even know yet.

14. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It's been rumored, but no details thus far.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Alright, it actually doesn't look as bad as I thought it did initially.

12. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Well, it does certainly seems to suck a whole lot less. I'll hold my final opinion until I can get my hands on it, but this is encouraging.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Looks freaking amazing! Can't wait :)

9. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

this looks like yosemite.

10. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Good luck to MS! ;) Finally an Windows OS I am so excited about! :D

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Is it just me, or does it seem like every other version of Windows is what the previous version should've been? What I mean is from XP to Vista was a bit of a flop, but then Win7 came along and people were saying that was what was supposed to come after Vista. Now that Win10 is coming out, to me (and I'm sure to others as well), that is what should've come out after Win7 and not Win8.

13. vasra

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It's going to be a huge, horrible mess. NO x86 on phones, different API & as such, app set. ... from this confusion in App store. Three different UX methods : keyb + mouse, one-handed WP UI and tablet two handed UI. And developers will still get expensive tools and don't know what form factors to target. Making universal apps will prove to be near impossible. And Windows tablets (Surface 4, anyone) will still flop. Windows Phone market share wil shrink even further and PC sales will continue to slump. Let's come back in a year to see how I did.

23. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

oh please Visual Studio is way better than Eclipse for android it handles these kind of things more effeciently.

15. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

It best be free for Windows 8 users sinec they are going so quickly from 8 to 10.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm gonna have to try it out, but so far looks like they addressed some of the issues I had with W8.

17. ramsin

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

I feel like this is a lot more exciting than were giving it credit for. It's the best of both worlds and is seems to be seamlessly applied to all platforms. What more could it possibly have?

18. Fellwalker

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

It's a long time to wait with Windows 7 going end of life this year.

24. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

What are you talking about? MS just ended support for XP this year, W7 will be supported for a long time. It got 3-4 more years of support at least.

19. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Nice! There were some things in Windows 8 that weren't as useful....this is looking epic!

22. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Super Excited!

25. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

the time has come. I think it is good enough to drag me from Mac OS back to Windows

27. droidmanX

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2014

Windows 10 .. looks extremely promising. With sanity prevailing over stupidity Microsoft has brought back the lost charm that met with disaster with Windows 8. Windows 7 was the last Windows operating system which almost everyone was comfortable with it. From the looks of it Windows 10 has great chance to build on Windows 7 UI and other excellent features. Eagerly looking forward to Windows 10. Till then Windows 7 x64 ultimate with Sp1 is still the main OS for my desktops and laptops .

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