Today, Microsoft unveiled some key features of the latest iteration of their forthcoming Windows Operating System, dubbed Windows 10.
Windows 10 looks to deliver many new features in a bid to entice many legacy users to upgrade their Operating Systems as well as inject some new life into the Microsoft cross-device eco-system.
Some of the key features announced were:
- The return of the Start Menu as standard, complete with live tiles.
- Cortana will play a large part in the Windows 10 experience.
- New flat user experience to give a clean feel.
- Universal applications will work seamlessly across Windows 10 devices, be they desktop, tablet or smartphone.
- Project Spartan; A new web browser will come with Windows 10.
- Game streaming will come to Windows 10 allowing Xbox One owners to stream their games and play on their PC.
- ‘Continuum’ will allow device-specific/use case specific appearance changes to allow the best user experience on a given device.
Perhaps one of the most enticing announcement was that Windows 10 will be a free Desktop upgrade for Windows 7 or 8.1 users for the first year. A huge departure from the pricing strategy of the past. Not too shabby Microsoft!
There is bound to be more to come from the Redmond giant prior to it’s expected release date, mooted to be later in 2015, and perhaps more to come at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in March. However this list already has us wanting to get hold of a more feature rich build of the Technical Preview and take some of these features for a spin.
Does this whet your appetite for Microsoft’s next Operating System? Have they gone far enough, or perhaps too far? Join in the discussion and leave a comment below.
Learn more about Windows 10 in this blog post.
Links: Windows 10 Blog