Why Microsoft Replaced 9 with Windows 10 – What to Expect from Windows 10?
Microsoft has turned away from Windows 9 and hurriedly announced Windows 10 – but why? Ever since, the tech giant has got everyone’s questioning why Microsoft gave Windows 9 a miss to launch Windows 10 instead. What made Microsoft discard Windows 9 moniker? Is Apple’s new lineup of Mac OS X prompted Microsoft to break the sequence and rather introduce a new lineup with Windows 10? What’s brewing on the Microsoft’s front? Lets us check out....
Why Windows 10 replaced Windows 9?
According to a Reddit user, many third-party app developers had written codes for Windows 95 and 98 versions and within their codes which contain “if(version.StartsWith("Windows 9"))”. Hence, Microsoft might have come up with a feasible solution for app developers. According to an Indie based developer, Christer Kaitila, has revealed that there are more than 4000 applications to use this “now-problematic code”. Though Microsoft has not bared much on why it dropped 9 to leap to 10 instead, but Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Microsoft, had confirmed that "Windows 10 carries Windows forward into a new way of doing things. It is not an incremental change, but a new Windows that will empower the next billion users." According to the company, Windows 10 should be considered as a “new beginning”, not an improvement on Windows 8. According to him, Windows 10 will be popular among earlier operating systems as well as keeping modern tile-based interface intact. Does that mean this new OS learnt from Windows 8 debacle and planned to reinstate the user experience of Windows 7?
What’s new in Windows 10?
In addition to remarkable changed in user interface, Windows 10, this whole new OS is also made to be more enterprise environment-friendly, cross-device compatibility including IoT enabled devices, a way beyond desktop, laptop, phone or tablet devices. So, what can we expect from this new OS?
Optimized to Internet of Things devices
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, affirmed that Windows 10 is redesigned to give support for Internet of Things devices. According to him, Windows 10 is designed to sync with different types of IoT devices, whether mechanical systems, sensors, analytics, and applications that run those devices. He continued that Windows 10 is not “just another release after Windows 8”, rather a launch of “entirely new generation” of Windows. Nadella said that Windows 10 will not be limited to Smartphone, tablets and Ultrabook, but will expand as a uniform platform which will run across different types of devices which requires Windows based computing. Also Terry Myerson, executive VP of Windows OS, Microsoft, has confirmed that “It will run on the broadest types of devices ever, from the smallest ‘Internet of things’ device to enterprise data centers worldwide. He added that “Some of these devices have 4-inch screens, and some will have 80-inch screens. And some don’t have any screen at all.”
The Start menu, restored
Since this upcoming version is not designed a descendant of Windows 8, hence, the first thing that Start menu-deprived Windows 8 users anticipated was restoration of Start menu. And Microsoft had certainly heard it, well, ever since Windows 8 launched. That’s why it has brought back the Start Menu that it removed from the predecessor. The Start Menu is back with a remarkable overhaul which will include favorite applications, resizable tiles, notifications from applications pinned to the Start menu. Hence, this new interface will mimic a Smartphone or tablet-styled notification experience to display Facebook messages and other updates, new email notifications, weather forecasts of select cities and towns, which you have locate on tiles on Windows 8. Hence, this reinstatement of Start Menu marks best of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 so that users no longer require toggle between Modern and Desktop mode.
Another notable feature of Windows 10 is probably virtual desktop. Though Microsoft has not disclosed any official name of this virtual desktop feature, but this feature is presumably similar to other virtual desktop counterparts such as Exposé on Mac OS X and that of LINUX. Users can initiate the virtual desktop view by hitting a newly added button called ‘Task View’ to Windows 10. In addition to triggering virtual desktops, this feature would allow alternate between multiple desktops. Users can customize the desktop according to certain users’ requirements, such as they also customize the taskbar of a home-use desktop as office-use desktop. Furthermore, to boost users’ productivity, Microsoft allows users to run all virtual desktops in the background and manage desktop space.
Run Windows Store Apps in one window
Starting from Windows 10, all Windows Store applications will run like any other desktop application. All the applications installed from Windows Store will run from one window, on the desktop. Though, Windows Store applications will still run in full screen on tablet devices, but they will take a form of any desktop application on a notebook or desktop computer. Thus, with all applications integrated to one window and just toggle between those multiple tiles; at the same time, you can explore other related newly developed apps.
Improved integration with touch-based keyboard and mouse
Those who use computers featuring touch, key press and mouse scroll input will still be able to use Windows 10 operating system on their existing devices. There is this new addition called ‘Continuum’ which is made to enable use this new Windows 8 successor version on their two-in-one computers or hybrid computers. When users will detach physical or sensor keyboard from a Windows 10-based hybrid Ultrabook, users will be prompted if they switch to the tablet mode. On selection of the tablet mode, the OS will be transformed into an interface optimized for a tablet device, with apps taking full-screen mode and Start Menu dissolved into large-screen mode.
Release date and pricing
There is no news on official release date of Windows 10, however, presumably Microsoft will debut this new OS sometime around the middle of 2015. Some “Windows insiders” will get “Windows 10 technical preview build” for laptops and desktops, whereas previews on Smartphone, tablet and other devices are not yet known. Also, Microsoft has not announced any updates on product pricing or discount program. Watch out this space for latest information on Windows 10.