Microsoft’s Terry Myerson just announced that the next version of Windows will be called Windows 10 — not Windows 9 like many had expected.
Windows 10 will be designed to work on all form factors: smartphones, tablets, and laptops. It’s being billed as one platform for all mediums, and it will come with one universal app store for all devices.
Enterprises will be getting an early look at Windows 10 before the public, so that large companies can get used to the new software before it launches. IT managers will be able to easily manage all types of Windows 10 devices, and can even customize internal app stores so that employees will be able to use apps approved by the company, reports Business Insider.
Described as Microsoft’s “most comprehensive platform ever,” Windows 10 will offer a tailored experience for all hardware across a single platform family. And it turns out that’s intentional. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore pointed to the millions of customers still using Windows 7, and said the company wants to make their transition to Windows 10 much more comfortable than the unfamiliar leap to Windows 8 two years ago. “We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius, and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla.”
“Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time,” said Microsoft’s Terry Myerson. “Windows 10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever.” You can expect a unique user interface depending on what you’re running Windows on; images shown at the event line up with leaks that have surfaced in recent weeks. It’s basically a combination of Windows 7 and 8 that borrows design elements from each of Microsoft’s two most recent operating systems, reports theverge.com.
Some of the features will include better multitasking, apps will run on desktop and the return of the classic windows start button.
The official launch event held in October or November 2015 and general availability generally following the next day. Despite rumors of an aggressive development and shipping schedule, there’s no official word about what’s in the next version of Windows, but there are plenty of rumors (many of them from Chinese enthusiast sites that claim to have leaked builds), plus more reliable information from job postings for the Windows and Windows Phone teams, says TechRadar.com.
You can view more of the official photos from Microsoft’s announcement in the video below.