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I heard that Microsoft has released Windows 10 – what happen to 9?

Microsoft has now revealed it will be releasing Windows 10 in the second half of 2015. The preview is available now and to all intents and purposes it’s starting to restore faith in Microsoft’s ability to make a world beating operating system again.

The challenge: to convert 51 % of users on Windows 7 and amazing 24% who still use Windows XP (that tells you how good it was).

9 is now 10, and it’s now more like the operating system everyone one was looking for. Windows 7 users will be happy – the “Start Menu” is back and it works in a familiar way, but still enables many features for tablets and mobile devices without making apps so dominant they become irritating.

Of course there’s the usual design tweaks, making it feel more modern and slicker, but it now has new features. “Dual Mode” means it now behaves like a familiar desktop when you use a keyboard and mouse, but transform to a tablet interface if you use touch.

A new “quadrant layout” allows four apps to be arranged on the screen at the same time.

Task view – which is a new button on the task bar, it lets you see all open files and apps, for faster switching from one to another.

Multiple desktops – Not to outdone by Apple, you can now switch between distinct desktops, allowing them to be grouped by work rather than a mass of single screens with apps and documents.

And of course it’s meant to be quicker and faster, and not just in performance, but in lots of subtle ways which makes navigating and new features surprisingly easy to get used to.

So it’s all to play for, the gloves are off, and it looks like Microsoft has finally woken up to taking the criticism from 8. Just may be they’ll give you a reason to part with your hard earned dollars, and a reason to change. So it may be a “10” from Len, but will it be a “10” from you – download the preview and see for yourself.

 

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