Windows 10 features include:
- Task view (located on the task bar), allows users to quickly switch between open applications.
- Multiple desktops, with multiple apps running in different areas.
- Snap Assist, which lets you manage apps across multiple desktops
- The Search function is back, and it's both on the Start menu and Task Bar. It will display results from both your computer and the web.
- The Windows app store is returning, but apps won't have to run at full screen. They will work more like traditional Windows applications, with windows that can be resized and moved. Apps will support a variety of screen sizes, with or without touch functionality.
- Snap functionality is improved. When you snap an application to the edge of the screen, Windows will make suggestions about how to fill in the empty space with other open apps. Four apps can now be snapped on the same screen.
For a technical overview of what Window 10 might look like, and to register to become a tester through the Insider program, check out the official site.
Today, Microsoft sent out tweet from a promotional event that officially announces that Windows 10 in the works! If the tweet is to be believed, it's the best one yet.
The Verge is still in the process of live blogging the event, but it looks like Windows 10 will be backpedaling a bit by bringing back the traditional start menu - but enhanced with some Windows 8 style live tiles. So, 10 is sort of like a hybridization of 7 and 8. The operating system is meant for a broad selection of devices, but will be better geared toward keyboard and mouse users, while Windows 8 tiles will be reserved for touch-based devices.
Windows 10 will support Win8 apps, along with a new collection of universal apps. However, it will have a more familair desktop experience, instead of the divided experience Win8 has.
Then there's the mystery of what happened to Windows 9. Well, according to the presenters, "it wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9." Which is an odd explanation, but at least Microsoft skipped calling the new OS Windows One. So, we'll keep you posted as we find out more.