One feature we’re keen to see is a native multiple desktop mode (above), which feels like a page has been taken out of something we’ve seen on Linux and Mac OS, making it possible to jump between screens quickly, showing different apps and making it possible to load several apps at once, but not overload your screen.
Of particular note is how cross platform Microsoft is taking Windows 10, and that’s to make it run across so many devices. Rather than make Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, the upcoming Windows 10 will run across everything, making it work on practically anything.
We’re told this means phones, tablets, TV, laptops, desktops, Xbox, and more, with a slightly different interface for each, but a store that works across all your devices. In essence, you should be able buy an app or game on your laptop and have it work on your phone, or your Xbox, or your TV, and so on.
“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Terry Myerson (above), Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft.
“This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”
Release of the new operating system isn’t expected until next year, and given Microsoft’s tendency to release operating systems in October, we’d say the final version of Windows 10 isn’t expected until this time next year, but there is hope, especially if you’re keen to see what Microsoft is doing, and possibly shape its progress.
From October 2 (Australian time, October 1 in the US), Microsoft will have a developer version of Windows 10 ready for people to try as part of its Windows Insider program. We don’t recommend this for everyone, either, with the version more of a release candidate for people to try out ahead of its proper release next year.
Think of it as an early beta, and useful for installing on a machine you don’t actually work on, because we expect this will be loaded with bugs, and nowhere near final release, especially since it’s a year off.
That said, anyone keen to see the future of Microsoft’s operating system should be able to check it out, so if you’re keen and not afraid of a little reinstallation — and quite a few bugs — it’s something you might want to check out on a rainy day with nothing to do (or if you’re as geeky as the GadgetGuy staff).