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Windows 10 officially slated for release in 2015

Microsoft appears to be skipping Windows 9 to go right to 10, which is being designed to run across devices

From Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 - that appears to be the path Microsoft is taking with its ubiquitous PC operating system. During an event in San Francisco to announce version 10, the company said the new operating system will be completely unified to run across PC, tablets and phones. Windows 10 is expected to be released in mid-2015.

Microsoft did not specify how the new operating system would be distributed or for what price. Windows 10 is expected to be the core of the next Windows Phone as well, but at this moment it's unclear if the OS will serve as the new OS for the Xbox One in the future. As noted by Polygon, during its presentation Microsoft did show a slide with a TV, an Xbox One Kinect below it and a tile with Forza Horizon 2. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems division, said Windows 10 "will be our most comprehensive platform ever" and "will run on the broadest types of devices ever."

According to people in attendance at the Windows event, Microsoft appears to be building on the foundation of Windows 7, given that Windows 8 proved rather unpopular. "We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius... and now with Windows 10 it's like a Tesla," said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group. "They don't have to learn any new way to drive."

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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development3 years ago
Sounds like a good move to me.

Windows 8 was billed as a one size fits all, but this was achieved by tellling devs that if they want on the store, then you have to build three different platforms and pretend they're all the same. I even got some personal backlash for previous comments on this front and it's nice to see I was proven right.

Maybe Windows 10 will be this thing. I certainly hope so. Having an app store as a desktop icon was once a wet dream. And it still is.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 3 years ago
Thank goodness, 8 is unusable on a desktop. Sounds like they've learned the lesson that interfaces need to be context appropriate, not one size fits all.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 3 years ago
I've been using Windows8 on the desktop, and its far from being unusable. Sure, if you are looking for an out of box experience, it might not be perfect, but then, in a work environment which Windows version was? You can get it to behave the way you want it with sufficient tweaking (and 3rd party programs). Its been my primary development environment since end of 2012, and its OK. Disabling Metro and charms made it bearable. Though i am not fond of the flat design, its horrible for clarity. I haven't seen anything on Windows 10 that will improve my biggest chore with Windows 8. A little decoration (shadows, active/passive colour themes) would go a long way to improve this - OSX Yosemite is a better example (IMHO).
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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 3 years ago
If one more person makes a "because 7 ate 9!" joke about the lack of Windows 9...
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Dan Tubb Investment manager, Edge3 years ago
I am slightly confused by this. Like Star Trek films only every other incarnation is good.
Windows 7 was good, 8 was awful, and if they skip 9 and go straight to 10 does that mean it is going to be good or bad??

Edited 3 times. Last edit by Dan Tubb on 1st October 2014 3:13pm

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Gareth Martin Senior Programmer, Epic Games3 years ago
Both!
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Windows 8.1 was 9 or at least part of it, if windows 8 didnt do so badly they probably would have continued with .2 .3 etc of 8 but as it didnt do as well as they'd like they're trying again on 10.

Afterall Windows 2000 was 5.0 and Windows XP was 5.1.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Alexander McConnell on 1st October 2014 7:20pm

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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 3 years ago
I really loved Win 2000. Rock solid. XP was pretty good, loved 7

I'm praying for Aero to come back along with Start
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Andreia Quinta Photographer, Studio52 London3 years ago
Sounds exciting, and just in sync as I'm setting myself up a new rig next year. If you guys are unaware yet, you can get a tech beta from NGOHQ. I haven't got a spare machine otherwise I'd be all over it.
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Shane Sweeney Academic 3 years ago
Some people theorize because there is an unknown amount of legacy code that do a OS.name() check and have specific functionality for Windows 95/98.

e.g.
if( os.startsWith("Windows 9") || os.equals("Windows Me")) {
//do stuff
}

You can do a simple search on searchcode.com to see many specific examples of this exact code being used.
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Roberto Dillon Associate Professor, James Cook University3 years ago
Since the day they announced the move from Windows 3.11 to WIndows 95 I started losing track of how the guys at Microsoft number the versions of their products...
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 3 years ago
9 was not the only thing Microsoft missed in the last few years.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 3 years ago
I really loved Win 2000. Rock solid. XP was pretty good, loved 7
Windows 2000 was the best Microsoft OS i used since 1989.
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee3 years ago
Looks great - I like Windows 8 but this will definitely help refine the user interface and add a few welcome features.
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Frank Trottier Analyst programmer 3 years ago
@ Adam Same here
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises3 years ago
You're all wrong. Vista SP2 FO' LIFE!!!!!
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