Redmond-based Microsoft unveiled the much-rumored new version of Windows on Tuesday.
Windows 10, everyone.
Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems, didn’t offer much explanation about the name during the presentation or during a question-and-answer segment that immediately followed. He did seem to think that skipping Windows 9 was a good move.
“This product, when you see the product in your fullness I think you’ll agree with us that it’s a more appropriate name,” Myerson says.
In an effort to streamline user experience across all devices, it seems the team incorporated elements from both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Major changes include bringing back the Start menu. You can now customize it for apps and tiles, meaning an iteration of the Charms menu is sticking around.
Windows Store apps will now run in windows that can be resized and moved. This means Skype won’t force a fullscreen window.
A new task-view button has been incorporated into the taskbar for quick switching between open files and multiple desktops.
Windows Technical Preview was used to demonstrate the operating system. The Technical Preview will launch Wednesday, and provide a build for laptops and desktops computers. A Technical Preview for servers will follow, though comments about the timeline were not specific.
“Early next year, we’ll start talking much more about the consumer story,” Myerson says.
Microsoft’s Build Conference in April will feature more discussion about apps for Windows 10, and the new operating system is expected to be available in mid-2015.
Information about pricing was not provided.