Microsoft threw us all a bit of a curveball today, announcing Windows 10 rather than the assumed Windows 9 moniker. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for this naming scheme, either. Since we’re playing toss with Redmond, here are nine things you need to know about Windows… 10.
The Windows 10 story is still being written, but today’s event provided quite a bit of subtle detail for us. If you’re anxious to give it a shot, there’s good news. Starting tomorrow, you may be able to get early access to Windows 10 — if you’re ready for it.
At an event for Windows today, Microsoft is announcing a new Windows iteration for the world. though Windows 9 would have been the natural name iteration, it’s not. Called Windows 10, it’s the OS Microsoft says will run “on the broadest types of devices ever”.
The kind of technology we use in our lives has changed drastically over the years, and for many laptops aren't as needed as they once were, instead being replaced with tablets and smartphones. For this reason, many hesitate at the thought of dropping a lot for a machine that will be used comparatively little -- enter cheap notebooks like Chromebooks, and, as of today, HP's new Windows-toting Stream laptops.
This week Microsoft will be detailing the release of their next big operating system update: Windows 9. Before we get there though, we’ll see a Technical Preview. This Technical Preview will be split in two, one for Enterprise, the other for the general public.
Back when Jason Holtman left Valve, got hired by Microsoft, left Microsoft and went to Oculus (in early June), one major project was in the works. That project has turned up now, and its headed up by Holtman: creating a Virtual Reality Marketplace. Oculus will start this project in the public with the Oculus Platform, ready for action soon on web browsers, apps for iOS, Android, and Windows, and on Virtual Reality devices.
Modern mobile devices are often referred to as “computers in your pocket”. Though a bit tongue-in-cheek, that’s a fairly apt assessment. With powerful SoCs like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, you can already do quite a bit from a tablet or smartphone. With that in mind, Microsoft now has a true cross-platform keyboard.
Of all the major mobile OSs, Windows has done the best job of making sure the mobile and desktop experience are nearly identical. A recent report suggested they’d continue that effort by dropping “phone” from “Windows Phone” on future handsets. Now we’ve got our first look at a new smartphone that follows that dictum, dropping “phone” from the hardware badging on the rear of the device.