At an event in San Francisco just now, software company Microsoft has taken the wraps off its forthcoming desktop operating system, and no, it’s not called Windows 9. Codenamed Threshold, the new operating system is named Windows 10. Also Read - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to 'nearly double' the budget for its employee salaries to retain them
Terry Myerson, Microsoft chief for Operating System, said that Windows is used by over 1.5 billion people worldwide. “Windows is at a Threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows,” she announced. Also Read - Microsoft Teams tips and trick: Top features to make hybrid working easier
The company says that Windows 10 will be its most comprehensive platform. The operating system will also deliver the “right experience… at the right time.” Microsoft realizes that the enterprise users are one of its main focus. To ease things for them, Microsoft promises that all the tools these users have been using on other versions of Windows will also be available in Windows 10. The new operating system is compatible with all traditional management systems, Myreson noted. Furthermore, the company has also separated corporate and personal data across its devices. Also Read - Microsoft might introduce an Xbox TV streaming device and app next year
A Revamped Start Menu
As we had seen in leaked videos earlier this month, a revamped version of Start menu has made its return back to the desktop platform. “We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius… and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla,” said Windows Phone Chief Joe belfiore. “They don’t have to learn any new way to drive,” he added.
The Start menu, as we had previously learned, now showcases both traditional as well as Modern apps. In addition, it also features a “Universal search”, which not only shows apps, but also web results right on the Start menu.
Microsoft is also making it possible to run Modern apps on the desktop mode. “We don’t want that duality, we want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar UI,” Belfiore said.
As rumored earlier, Windows 10 will run Universal apps, while utilizing the Snap view feature in the desktop mode. The new operating system comes with a feature called Task view. This feature shows one to view all the apps a that are running in the background, as well as acts as virtual desktop feature.
It needs to be pointed out that a vast majority of features that the Windows 10 will come with aren’t fully baked yet. And this particular event was aimed towards business users. You can expect a couple of more events in the coming days. Meanwhile, the company has just announced that the “Technical Preview” of Windows 10 will be available to download starting tomorrow.