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Microsoft skips Windows 9 and jumps to straight to Windows 10

Microsoft seems to have taken a disliking to odd numbers, announcing that it is to skip Windows 9 and jump straight to Windows 10.

The new operating system, code named Threshold, seems to have a very clear objective – to win back enterprise loyalty. Windows 8 was, for all intents and purposes, an absolute train wreck, with business users refusing to engage with the new Metro interface. The OS was designed to try to homogenise the user experience across various devices and while the objective was a commendable one, Microsoft failed to win the support of business users.

Rather than admit defeat, the Redmond firm has tweaked the concept for Windows 10; as opposed to having one UI spread across an array of devices, Microsoft intends to create a dynamic operating system that bends to the needs of the hardware it is installed on.

“Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide.”

A technical preview will be available at some stage this week and the operating system is expected to reach general release by mid-2015.

Speaking at a press conference in San Francisco, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems Group, said: “This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”

Microsoft has pulled out all the stops to ensure that businesses know they are being catered for. Enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features and streamlined deployment capabilities were just a few of the highlights of the new operating system.

Perhaps more important than all the bells and whistles, Microsoft's announced that the humble Start button is to make its return; news that will no doubt cause a universal sigh of relief.

2-Oct-2014 12:43:03
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