Microsoft reveal Windows 10

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It’s like everyone has forgotten how counting works. First Nvidia jump from their 700-series straight into the 900-series, and now Microsoft has done the same thing. Yesterday, the software giant formally revealed Windows 10, curiously skipping out on the 9 everyone was expecting.

The good news is that all the features that were rumoured for Windows 9 are front and centre in 10. Microsoft is really pushing for a platform that will seamless connect all their device tiers together, in the same way Apple has done it with all of their products. So tiles are still here, but they’re far less intrusive this time.

As everyone expected, Windows 10 will see the proper return of the Start Button. A feature that was left out of Windows 8 and semi-patched in with 8.1, the Start button now functions as it should, albeit with a little extra tile loving. Live Tiles will take up space on the right of the Start menu, and the search bar function will sort through both installed programs and tile apps. It’s a more elegant solution than Windows 8 ever had, and probably the best part of Windows 10.

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Apps themselves have also been given a much needed touch up. Apps can now have their windows resized and minimized, unlike the forced full screen operation in Windows 8. This also comes in handy with the better snap functionality, which allows apps to be snapped just like any other program window. no more messing around with what seemed like two desktops.

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A new Task View will also make moving between multiple displays a lot easier. It looks a lot like a command centre that connects all of the different desktops together, allowing you to easily bring up apps on one screen despite being active on another. Less ground work for your mouse, in real terms.

Microsoft delved more into enterprise features with the reveal last night, so consumer features will probably come in thick and fast early next year. The OS is only set to launch later next year, so this is just the tip of the iceberg. So far though, it’s looking like a marked improvement over Windows 8’s UI, which was really the only thing wrong with that operating system.

Last Updated: October 1, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    What if it’s not 10, but 2? Xbox One, Windows Two?

    • Mossel

      Office Three?

      • Slagywag

        Playstation Four… Just cause it deserves to be on top

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I read somewhere this morning they’ve named it 10 because they want it to make it clearer that it’s a fresh start for the OS, whereas 9 would just indicate a basic progression from 8. Which does actually make a bit of sense.

    • Mossel

      And apparently it is built from the ground up, so not just an iteration of 8.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Really? I haven’t read up on it all that much. I’m more interested in when it’s being released. Want it for the new precious.

        • Mossel

          Are you building a new pc from scratch?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yes, in time for Witcher 3.

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            Hope your buying an X99 board.

            Cause DDR4!!!

            and other stuff. 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No, because it’s overpriced because Intel & a waste of money because I’m only doing 1080p.

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            1080p is so last century! :p

            Also I agree that it is expensive as hell but oh well.

          • Viking Of Science

            same.

        • Mark Treloar

          They are saying mid 2015, so too late for the Witcher.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yeah I figured as much. Upgrading/reinstalling your OS is a nuisance hehe.

      • HvR

        And that is what they say EVERY SINGLE TIME just to be found out later that it is BS.

        • Jedi Consular Kromas

          Sorta like Activision about their CoD engine.

    • Sovereign

      Yes when I’m starting fresh, I start over at 10. I think most adults with common sense know that 10 is where you start.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It’s nice to know you’re an adult with common sense. Did you know that research has shown that common sense often turns out to be not as sensible as people think it is at the time?

      • Mossel

        Personally I prefer 2.718, but that might just be me.

  • WolfyZA

    Still looks confusing as hell.

  • Matewis Jubilai

    Also, win10 will boot even before you switch on your pc…

    • Kensei Seraph – Staff

      I just hope it doesn’t shutdown before I’m done with my PC.

      • Jedi Consular Kromas

        Bsod before you even buy it.

  • Admiral Chief 0

    WINDAWS X

  • Admiral Chief 0

    WinX

    • Kensei Seraph – Staff

      Win0

  • Kensei Seraph – Staff

    Since every second Windows OS is terrible and they skipped 9, which was supposed to be the next good Windows OS, does that mean 10 is going to go the Vista/8 route?

    • Mossel

      hahaha just noticed your “staff” title! Well done man!

      • Kensei Seraph – Staff

        Hammersteyn said not everyone could have Staff next to their name and I took it as a challenge.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        fake staff NOT IN GREY

        😛

        • Mossel

          I heard RED is the true staff. xD

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            This is not EA!

            Otherwise we would have green and blue staff as well. Also green would be the best then.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Maybe not in this case. Because that would mean merging with the staff & I don’t want a stick up my ass. :/

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            Hahaha you win this round. 🙂

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Go team Red!

        • Brady miaau

          This is becoming more and more like a locker room scene in a movie

    • Jedi Consular Kromas

      Does not work with numbering cause win 95 – windows 98 … then xp … and then vista … sooo no 😛

  • Brady miaau

    Despite myself, the features mentioned here will, if they function as advertised, make my life a little easier. So perhaps I sort of look forward to it

  • Admiral Chief 0

    You know how you make windows run well?

    Install Win8. Install Chrome. Install Steam. DISABLE UPDATES OF WINDOWS and for the love of all that is good, DO NOT INSTALL OFFICE

    Enjoy your Windows!

    • Brady miaau

      Office (Excel) is awesome!

      Excel helps me everyday, organise, calculate and so forth. Open Office, for example is just not good enough

      • Viking Of Science

        I don’t have excel at home. I use it exstensively at work, and I refuse to take work home 😛

        • Kensei Seraph – Staff

          Now that is a view I can agree with.

        • Brady miaau

          Fair enough. Great if you can get that right

          I have stupid laptop with company software.

          • JJ of Meridian

            Same here.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Agreed, I was referring to home PC. Boots up in 5-7 seconds thanks to SSD and NO OTHER SILLY PROGRAMS installed

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            That is why I own 3 SSD’s ! 60Gb for win8, 120GB for Origin/MMO’s and 256Gb for Steam.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m going to get a 120GB SSD for Win & stuff, keep all my games on my WD Black & all the media on the green.

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            For mechanical I am a seagate man all the way. Gave WDD a try 2 weeks back. 2 x 3TB drives brand new and failed within 2 days. Returned them and my new seagates are all running beautifully.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oh, ouch! My experience has been pretty much the opposite, every Seagate drive I’ve had over the years crashed, now I stick to WD – although I’ve had a 2TB & 3TB crash on me recently too.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            SSD FTW

          • MakeItLegal

            eish u make me jealous

      • Mossel

        Excel is awesome! Use it for everything. Word is also awesome, no other program make writing reports so effortless.

      • JJ of Meridian

        90% of my work is done on Excel. I’m be without a job without it.

        • Brady miaau

          Not quite that much, but it is fantastic at what it does. IF you know how to use it and all its functions. Vlookup and so forth can be both frustrating and great

      • Why not just use google docs. It’s come a long way and it’s free.

    • HvR

      Disable updates – VERY IMPORTANT!!!!

      I try manually selecting security updates until complete new set of hardware drivers are released.

    • JJ of Meridian

      I have Windows 7. Never once updated it. Never.
      Haven’t had a single BSOD and all my games work.

  • Jedi Consular Kromas

    Let is get this over with.

    Why windows 10?

    Cause Windows 7 8 9.

    Slow clap and exit left.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      *throws old tomato

  • Ryanza

    Why Windows 10? because 7, 8, 9.

    • Ryanza

      too late lol

      • Admiral Chief 0

        Hahaha like 30seconds apart!

      • Jedi Consular Kromas

        Still a good try but even mine was not original. The joke came up like 10 mins after the windows reveal. 🙂

  • HvR

    Actually surprised they didn’t go for Windows One-O

    • Brady miaau

      You have such a dry wit sometimes. Great guns or whatever

  • Sovereign

    Windows 8 also had driver issues. M8 owners had much difficulty rooting and unlocking their phones with windows 8. Windows 7 did it no problem, though.

  • Sk3tz0

    Its because Vindows Nein!!! just wont work..

  • JJ of Meridian

    People have barely started using 8. Now this?
    I’m sensing a Vista debacle.

    • Brady miaau

      8 is not so bad, but not brilliant either.

      On my home pc, it boots faster and is faster than the Windows 7 was on the same hardware, which is pretty damn cool, as the home pc is a bit weak

  • L337J1MB0B

    No thanks, I’ll stick with Linux which is free and less annoying.. beat that Microsoft.

  • JJ of Meridian

    We missed Windows 3.14159 also. 😛

    • Brady miaau

      You hungry?

      • JJ of Meridian

        Haha. As long as I can have a side of chips.

  • HvR

    When last years April’s Fool joke becomes reality:
    http://www.infoworld.com/article/2613504/microsoft-windows/microsoft-windows-microsoft-skips-too-good-windows-9-jumps-to-windows-10.html

    Que freaky Outer Limits intro music……

  • z1n

    It’s Windows XP without the “P.” So this must be a good version then!

  • z1n

    But can it do 1080p at 60fps?! Can it bend? Does it even lift bro?

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