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Microsoft's New Operating System: Windows 10 NOT 9

Sophie Hardbattle By Sophie Hardbattle

Microsoft announced the launch of their new operating system yesterday, at an event in Seattle. Windows 10 has come three years after the release of Windows 8.

I know what you're thinking- it isn't the name that you would have guessed for the new OS. Personally, I feel like it's a re-run of Apple's iWatch/Apple Watch name game. 'You think that's what it's going to be called? WELL YOU'RE ALL WRONG'. However, Terry Myerson, Head of the Operating Systems Group, told the audience at the event "Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform ever" and because of this "It wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9". Meaning the leap from 8 is so substantial, they couldn't justify calling it Windows 9.

It is said that the software will be able to run on a range of devices, from phones, tablets, PC's and Xbox consoles:

Windows 10 Launch Materia

Many people will be very happy to hear the start button is back! The new button merges features from Windows 7 and 8, as it will show a list of favourite applications (a feature from 7) and also resizable tiles (a feature from 8). Hopefully the revival of the start button will increase the number of people who update their software, because currently only 13.4% of PCs run Windows 8 or 8.1. In contrast to this, 51.2% are powered by Windows 7.

Windows 10 Dashboard

Other new features include:

Snap Enhancement

This now allows you to have 4 applications open and fit nicely onto one screen.

Task View

A button on the task bar that shows all applications that are open and helps to switch tasks easily.

Multiple Desktops

Like Apple's Mac OS, you can now have multiple screens to switch between, making it easier to group work together, rather than having loads of files open on one screen.

Improved Search & File Management

Web and desktop search combined on Windows 10.

Windows Store

There will be a one stop shop for mobile, desktop, tablets and Xbox One.

No information was given on pricing yet, but it is assumed that it may be given away as a free upgrade, or it may involve a nominal fee.

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