Five Things You Need To Know – Windows 10

Since the launch of the unsettling Windows 8, Microsoft has endeavored to produce a more cohesive and stable user interface in subsequent OS releases. They set the bar of expectations at an all time low with the previous iteration. It is now more opportune than ever for the software giant to put their best foot forward at an attempt to recapture people’s confidence in their services. Microsoft had an event on Tuesday in which they showed off the functionality and appearance of Windows 10 as well as briefly showcasing some new features. Despite how thorough the event was, many questions posed by users remained unanswered. I cover all the major points below.


1) When can I upgrade? And how much will it cost?

It is anticipated that Microsoft will release Windows 10 sometime in 2015, following the company’s Build developer conference in April. If you’re feeling daring and bold, you can sign up for the Windows Insider Program on October 1st. This isn’t for everyone though as the early release is likely to be infested with bugs. The cost for the retail version is yet to be determined.

2) Did I miss something, what happened to Windows 9?

Since the latest iteration of Windows is supposedly going to be a fundamental jump in relation to how Windows works, the company decided the best way to reinforce this would be to name the software Windows 10.

3) I use a tablet as well as a desktop, how will this work for me?

Windows 10 isn’t going to be limited to PCs. The operating system will be compatible with every device from desktops, right down to mobiles and the user interface will adapt to fit each platform.

4) What about apps?

This feature isn’t disappearing anytime soon. Though Microsoft has yet to explain how apps are going to be implemented into Windows 10, we do know that you will be able to purchase one app from the store and then be able to use that same app across multiple devices. Developers will presumably have to make some minor alterations to their apps so that they run at optimal capacity, universally.

5) Those “Modern” full-screen apps were irritating, will they be returning?

Those touch-friendly tile based apps which debuted with Windows 8 were also referred to as “Modern” or “Metro” design. With regards to Windows 10, full-screen apps will be optional. For instance, imagine you have a 2 in 1 convertible device. When the keyboard is tucked away, the system will automatically transition to to the tiles interface whereas if it is exposed then the OS will return to the traditional start-up screen.