Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled an operating system – Windows 10 – that will be able to run across all devices, from smartphones to tablets to desktops. It will bring back the normal Start menu that many Windows users felt were lacking in Windows 8, while still keeping much of the modern tiled-interface used in Windows 8. Applications, therefore, will be listed on the left side of the start menu similar to how they appear in Windows 7, while the colourful, Windows 8-style tiles will appear to their right. The start menu is also customizable, so you can resize the tiles and move them around.
Windows 10 will be touch-enabled, allowing you to you do things like “pinch-to-zoom” on laptops and desktops. A new feature called “Continuum” will also be introduced, which will switch the mode of the system depending on the hardware being used. When you plug a keyboard into your tablet, for example, Windows 10 will switch from being touch-oriented to keyboard-oriented.
Microsoft hasn’t provided a lot of details on how its new operating system will help business consumers, but promises that the platform will offer familiarity and a smooth transition for users coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows 10 will also offer mobile device management tools that will allow users to manage all of their Windows devices – including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones – from their mobile phone.
Windows 10 is scheduled to be released in mid-2015.