Microsoft just pulled back the curtain on their next release, Windows 10; formerly codenamed Windows Threshold. Now as many of the rumors suggested this next version of Windows will merge all the platforms, from Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 and Xbox bring a unified experience to all.
“One store, one way for applications to be discovered, purchased, and updated across all of these devices.”
This is excellent news for both the Windows Platform and the Windows Phone platform as they can rely on each others stores to help bring a more uniform experience to users, bye-bye app gap.
Of course Microsoft mention that although the core app experience will be the same between these platforms, with unified updates across the platforms (no more lagging behind), the actual user interface will still be tailored to each device; meaning we won’t see the classic start menu on our phones; and our computers won’t be limited to tiles only.
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.
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.
And in case anyone was wondering, the phone version of Windows 10 won’t have a desktop; don’t worry…
Speaking of Start menus, the start menu has once again been revamped; bringing the metro start screen INSIDE the classic start menu, meaning your live tiles are still only a click away, but in a more manageable appearance.
Another addition in this latest iteration of Windows is that “Metro” apps no longer run on the Windows 8 start screen, instead they run in a windowed mode on your desktop, side by side alongside your classic apps, a huge improvement over the current implementation. Universal apps (the new name for Metro apps), can also be snapped side by side in the classic view, without having to hide your desktop/toolbar.
If however you’re using a touch device (such as a surface/Lumia 2520), you’ll get a more touch friendly UI in terms of both the start menu and general layout, with larger keys to hit, and a more expanded start menu, as seen below. In case you have a hybrid device, such as a laptop with a touchscreen (like most modern Windows 8 laptops), or perhaps are using the surface as a desktop; the UI readjusts on the fly, switching back into “tablet mode” when the screen sense touch input.
Finally in terms of availability, Windows 10 will be available in 2015, but a technical preview can be had as soon as October, as part of an enthusiasts program.
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