Microsoft has recently confirmed the rumors saying that the new Windows 9 will, in fact, be named Windows 10. The confirmation came from the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Operating System Division, Terry Myerson, who said that the Windows 10 title fits better with the new One Microsoft internal strategy. Scheduled for full release this summer to coincide with the CES 2015, Windows 10 is expected to bring to the table multiple breakthrough features and a spectacular new user interface.
Here is a short breakdown on some of the most anticipated features of Windows 10:
1. The Touch user interface will still be strong, but will evolve
Although initially designed for designers, video, and image editing experts, the touch feature of Windows 8 was welcomed with enthusiasm right from the beginning. Apparently, the new Windows 10 will continue in this direction, but the Touch technology will evolve tremendously. The Charms bar will still be present but will feature new setting, and it will be easier to customize. Similarly, when compared to Windows 8, where the task switching was restricted to the left side, the new operating system brings the same feature, but far more versatile.
2. A new Task View
With the previous task switcher from Windows 8 being canceled, Windows 10 needed a new similar tool. The former tricky task switcher will be replaced with an intelligent Task View that lets even the novice users switch easily between windows and virtual desktops. Also, the Alt+Tab command now switches between desktops, similarly to the task-bar commands.
3. A new Snap Assist feature
This new feature is designed to help new users snap apps and create effective work environments. The windows can be snapped into screens and tiles, similarly to the old Windows 2.0 or 3.0.
4. An improved Windows Explorer
The new Home location feature is now the default view for users in Windows Explorer. The Share button, a completely new addition, is neatly placed in the context menu, near the task-bar, allowing easy access.
5. A redesigned Command Prompt
Although only a small percentage of users use the Command Prompt, the feature is still a critical component for Windows 10, but will be redesigned. The prompt is getting a new keyboard interface and, most importantly, shortcuts. Not groundbreaking in itself, but this small addition will come in handy for many experienced users.
6. The Continuum feature
One of the most exciting things that we expect to see in the new Windows 10 operating system is the Continuum feature. This intelligent on-the-fly mode is designed for 2 in 1 devices that can interchange their mode automatically. For instance, if the system does not detect a keyboard, a black button will appear on the monitor that will help you navigate around the Desktop. As expected, the charms will disappear in the non-touch mode, but some say that the Microsoft’s are engineers still working on it and don’t have a definitive version.
7. The New Universal apps
Windows Universal apps is the new name for the previous Modern apps/Windows Store apps and Metro apps. The new app model will let you select and run apps on any supported devices, including phones, servers, and other various mobile gadgets. The new app store will be universal, as the name implies, across all the platforms that support Windows 10. Also, all the previous Windows Store apps will be supported by the new version.
8. Universal apps floating effects
One of the very interesting gimmicks of Windows 10 is the floating effect of the Universal apps. As Microsoft says, the new operating system wants to banish the separation between the Desktop and the Modern user interface.