Last night was a big night for Redmond as they have finally taken the wraps, officially that is, off their upcoming operating system. What we all knew as Threshold and were expecting to be titled Windows 9, or possibly just Windows, has skipped a digit and become Windows 10, a unified, multi-platform operating system from Microsoft.

According to the company, Windows 10 “…will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.”

In other words, Windows 10 will be found in Microsoft’s Surface range of devices, on notebooks and desktop PCs, the company’s line of smartphones and in the Xbox platform of gaming systems. That’s a pretty wide net to cast.

A brief rundown of the features which will be found in Windows 10, as it pertains to more traditional systems at least, are: the start menu from Windows 7 will be making a return, with a few enhancements; users will be able to snap up to four windows into a single screen and there will be multiple desktop spaces supported; along with a few other features that will be elaborated on as we get closer to Windows 10’s release date.

The expected time frame? We should see a retail version of Windows 10 in 2015, but there will be a chance to get a test version a little sooner than that.

S0urce: Microsoft

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