If you’re up to date in the world of computers, hearing the term “Windows 10” most likely brings up the question of “What happened to Windows 9?” Terry Myerson, the chief of Windows OS development, had only mentioned that the “breadth of the product family” accounts for the unexpected name. People have come up with their own (mostly comical) theories about the origin of Windows 10, but Microsoft seems to not have much to say on the topic.
Names aside, Microsoft is hoping to entice the many users it alienated with the tablet-like display of Windows 8. Instead of completely axing the live-tiles of Windows 8, Microsoft has decided to conveniently place them in the Start menu. Other new features include an updated Charms bar, a new Task View with Snap Assist, additions for Internet Explorer and actual updates for the Command Prompt; Cloud services are also going to be a major focus for the new OS. Additionally, Microsoft promises to expand the selection of universal apps in the Microsoft store.
Microsoft is currently hosting a preview of Windows 10, open to everyone who wants to be part of the process. Over one million people have already signed up to assist Microsoft by testing out the OS and giving their feedback; at this time, Windows 10 is using a feedback app that allows Microsoft to round up all of the data and single out the biggest issues; so far, the biggest complaints revolve around tweaking certain visual presentation features of the OS: allowing the search and task view buttons to be movable, adding tabs to Internet Explorer, improving the state of the Control Panel, and even adding a better looking Boot Screen.
A release date is still obscure, only being noted as “Later in 2015.”