Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Yes, you aren’t mistaken. Microsoft has decided to skip the ‘9’. According to Terry Myerson, VP of Operating Systems for Microsoft, the new OS is such a great leap forward that the company has decided to go straight to Windows 10 in the naming scheme. Okay…onwards.

It has been more than 2 years since the introduction of Windows 8, which was met with a mixed response. The touch focused Metro design and removal of certain iconic features from previous iterations (such as start button) proved too much of a change for many. This is apparent even now in adoption rates, which show Windows 8 is present on 13% of computers as compared to 51% for Windows 7.

The good thing is that Microsoft has been paying attention to the criticism. Myerson said, “We believe that, together with the feedback you provide us, we can build a product that all of our customers will love. It will be our most open collaborative OS projects ever.”

The new Windows 10 aims to take the best of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 and provide users with an experience that takes the operating system forward without alienating them. It will run on everything from servers, laptops and smartphones to the so-called Internet of Things.

The company was quick to clarify the concept for those of us who were getting chills thinking about the botched execution in Windows 8. ‘We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all – we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.’ Phew.

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So what is new in Windows 10?

The much hated ‘Metro’ design that provided touch friendly full screen apps isn’t gone per se but it is optional. The new approach is called Continuum and it basically means that the company is trying to find a better way to switch between different modes depending on context.

This means that the beloved Start menu is back for standard desktop mode and this time it will be customizable and will incorporate Live Tiles. It will also be able to perform a web search. When you switch to a touch device, the OS will give you the option to use the full screen mode that should be familiar to anyone who used Windows 8.

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The mechanics have not been made clear but any app bought from the Windows Store will work on all devices so it seems like the developers are going to have their work cut out for them. This should provide users with a uniform experience and if done right, could be an amazing feature. Another welcome change is that everything, including apps, now run in a windowed mode so they can be maximized, minimized and resized just like a normal window in Windows 7.

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The ‘Snap’ feature that allowed users to arrange apps side by side has been improved and now allows for 4 apps to be displayed at the same time. There’s a new task view button that gives you a bird’s eye view of all open windows, files and desktops. It will also allow you to switch between multiple desktops, a feature that has been present in OS X and Linux for quite a while and has been sorely missed in Windows.

The naming gaffe aside, it seems like the new operating system will fix a lot of mistakes made by Windows 8. We are cautiously optimistic based on first impressions but we should stress that the final build is quite far away and a lot will change till late 2015, when the new OS is expected to be released.

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Technical previews are going to be made available later this week through the Windows Insider Program for advanced users and developers. There is no word on price and Microsoft refused to comment on speculations that Windows 10 will be provided as a free update for existing users.

Talal is a Director and the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani.


  • Muhammad Fahad Mahmood

    Where is Windows 9? Do they forgot??

  • Eli Ehsan

    perfectly Named IMHO! 9 wasn’t making much of a sense. & Finally good to see Microsoft giving in the demands of Enterprise & Home users both. #ThankYouNadella that’s all one can say.

  • Amir

    Nice move! Hoping for its success. I hope this one’s even faster than Windows 8.

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      yes you can reach lahore to islamabad in one hour

  • Ahmed

    if they resolve compatibility issues then it could be successful….otherwise corporates will stick to 7 simply.

  • Saeed

    Hmm nice move and hope windows 7 users will move to windows 10.

    • panjgoori

      well i don’t think so because most of the Win XP users still haven’t moved to 7 or 8.

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        win XP users seriously need to upgrade their old dumb branded dell systems to go for win 7 first.

        • panjgoori

          well i agree with you. but most of the XP users don’t need Win 7. there are too many restrictions in Win 7 installation. for example you can’t start the setup if you have less than 1 gb of ram. and most the of the dell branded systems have 512mb of ram.

  • Fuse

    Seven ate nine.

  • Bilal Ahmad

    satya nadella !!!! tumhara satya nas ho! Pakistanion se dushmani itni bhi achi nahi. ammar Afzal ne windows9 develop karne main itni mehnat ki aur tum ne 9 ko skip kar k 10 release kar di….shame on you ..Ammar Afzal qaum tunhare sath hai :-D

  • Zain

    So Ali do you really think Microsoft watched that video even when it was in Urdu. The voice of Ammar Afzal was like an illiterate. Microsoft is used to such hoaxes and it may not be first of its kind.

    • Ali

      Oh man what r u saying! don’t underestimate Cambridge Scholar, A world record holder and top developer of Microsoft Windows. One day he’ll be CEO of Microsoft and he’ll sue u for calling him illiterate.

    • Ajmal

      FYI: CEO of Microsoft is an indian and he knows Urdu/Hindi pretty well.

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        FYI: the current CEO was American Indian and he is living in US for many many years and from India he is from Telugu and they speak their own language rather than Hindi and they know very little hindi and very very very little urdu

    • Ajmal

      FYI: According to his Family driver he’s fluent in Telegu and Hindi.
      source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Whats-the-fuss-about-Satya-Nadellas-father-says/articleshow/30016023.cms

  • Nisar

    Sorry I am installing windows XP

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      so currently you are at windows 98,2000 or Windows ME i guess and you upgrade whenever new version releases and stay behind 4 versions

  • Shaykh ul Islam Tahir ul Qadri

    one word for him Oh Paindu… Oh Paindu… very good and what do you do…

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  • Zain

    OMG!!!

  • it seems Microsoft is favoring users! giving importance to their suggestions / requirements!!!
    I’m so excited about learning new windows, MS please hurry up :)

  • Videovertex

    Wo Ammar Afzal wala kia chakar tha?

  • Ghayyurious

    Microsoft chose Windows 10 instead of Windows 9 because of some underlying code in older applications.
    Plenty of third party Windows developers have lines of code with an
    if-else string that tells the application to perform a specific task if
    it recognizes a version of Windows that starts with the number 9, such
    as Windows 95 or Windows 98.
    For instance take a look at this *CODE*

    if(version.StartsWith(“Windows 9”))
    { /* 95 and 98 */
    } else {

    and this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.
    In a nutshell, STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE NAME!!!

    • Ali

      They could also solve it by naming it windows 09 :p

    • Ali

      or windows IX etc .. that’s not acceptable logic :D

      • Ghayyurious

        The only name other than 10 shud hv been Windows X but i guess it was similar to Mac OSX.. Windows 9 was cooler but there might be a Marketing scheme behind the name i guess!