After the disappointment of Windows 8, Microsoft has skipped 9 and announced its next OS will be Windows 10 — and it will have the Start button that Windows 8 dropped to the dismay of many. In an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the operating system will be released late next year. And the release will bring a universal naming system across devices — whether you want a tablet, a desktop computer or a phone with Microsoft software, they will all be running on Windows 10.
The new operating system looks to combine features of both Windows 7 that remains popular with business and the modern user interface of Windows 8, with the ability to personalise the start menu. Microsoft has posted a blog aimed at explaining why Windows 10 should be embraced by businesses after they were not won over by Windows 8. The benefits the blog post promotes includes security, familiarity and “virtually no learning curve”.
One of the criticisms of Windows 8 is that is set out to be all things to all people, with navigation elements that might work on a touchscreen device jarring for those people using it on a desktop computer with a mouse. Microsoft says a new feature called Continuum will better merge the touchscreen and keyboard elements and will automatically detect how people are using their computer.
Microsoft will release a beta version to advance developers later this week. It did not announce a price for the new software or whether it will follow Apple’s recent lead of giving away operating software updates for free. The initial feedback shows that not everyone is convinced that jumping nine in the naming sequence will be enough for Microsoft to ensure people forget their disappointment with Windows 8.