Windows 10 technical preview available

In case you missed it on Tuesday, Microsoft has announced the next version of Windows will be called Windows 10.

What happened to Windows 9? According to Microsoft, the skip in versions underscores the company’s leap towards an operating system directed towards Internet services and mobile devices.

Here are some of the new features in Windows 10:

  • An expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu from Windows 7 is mostly back. It provides a quick one-click access to the functions and files that used the most. The “new” menu includes a new space to personalize with favorite applications, programs, people and Web site.
  • Multiple desktops. Instead of too many applications and files overlapping on a single desktop, you can now create multiple desktops. This was technically already available with a free utility from Microsoft but this will enhance things.
  • Apps [tiles] that run in a window. Apps that came with Windows or are from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do.
  • Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps A new quadrant option allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen.
  • New Task view button. The new Task view button, that will sit on the task bar, enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created.

Where to get the technical preview? Good question. You can join the Windows Insider program. This will give you the latest Windows preview builds.

According to a report, Microsoft sold no less than 117.2 million copies of Windows 8.x in the consumer market by the end of 2013, but still lagged behind the 322 million copies Windows 7 sold. Of the 715 million copies of Windows installed in businesses around the world in 2013, about 361.2 million were Windows 7, 224 million were Windows XP about 40 million were Windows Vista and only 16 million were Windows 8.x.

Note: As it is a very early build, it will have bugs and other issues. You should not install it on a production computer but on one that you want to wipe or install it in a virtual machine [but note that some virtual machine software may not be too compatible with it as well]. You may have to play around with things. If using a virtual machine, choose the Windows 8.1 profile [if available] as it will be probably the closest compatible.


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