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Microsoft Announce Windows 10


VRG_1110.0 The Verge have reported that Microsoft appears to be skipping Windows 9 entirely, with the launch of Windows 10 as the latest version of its operating system. Ironically, one of the exciting feature of this new product is one that defined former software, as Windows 10 will include the long-awaited return of the Start menu. However, this news story isn’t all old-school. Taking a trick out of Mac’s book, the taskbar in Windows 10 will feature a ‘Task View’ button that opens up a multitasking interface which will allow more convenient coverage of multiple desktops and multiple apps, similar to the exposé feature of Mac’s OS. Aside from this, Microsoft look to be attempting to tighten up the interface, trying to make it an equally pleasing experience across touch-screen and desktop, stating, “Windows 10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever.” The start screen will echo this change, with the tile layout of Windows 8 being scrapped in favor of a mix of the classic and the new. “The tiles and icons that are shown are a blend of classic apps and new universal apps. In Windows 8 when users launched a modern app, it sort of had a different environment. We don’t want that duality. We want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar UI.” Said Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore. Touch screen users will still be getting a unique experience, however, with Belfiore adding that the Charms bar from Windows 8 will be carried over, new and improved, along with a ‘Continuum’ mode that aims to make switching from tablet to desktop more seamless. “What you get is a device that operates with the simplicity of a tablet, but morphs itself back to the familiar PC experience.” The ‘insider program’ for Windows 10 will being tomorrow, while the interface will hit the open market late 2015.