Windows 10 announced

Today, Microsoft sent out tweet from a promotional event that officially announces that Windows 10 in the works.

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[Update]:

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

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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.

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    September 30, 2014 10:38 AM

    Steven Wong posted a new article, Windows 10 announced.

    Today, Microsoft sent out tweet from a promotional event that officially announces that Windows 10 in the works.

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      September 30, 2014 11:02 AM

      Glad to hear it's going to be geared for M&KB.
      Running apps in fullscreen only and only 1 at a time was a stupid idea.

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        September 30, 2014 8:43 PM

        You really couldn't call it Windows after they got rid of the windows.

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      September 30, 2014 11:04 AM

      Hopefully Microsoft doesn't see your Windows One comment...

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      September 30, 2014 11:22 AM

      LOL at the "odd numbers of Windows are always better" myth. At least this shows that MS is not superstitious!

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      September 30, 2014 11:23 AM

      Wait what?

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      September 30, 2014 11:34 AM

      "it wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9."

      hmm, well that's weird

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      September 30, 2014 11:51 AM

      It is true!

      http://bit.ly/1vuHVt7

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      September 30, 2014 12:55 PM

      Do people still use windows? Maybe the better question is do people ENJOY using windows?

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        September 30, 2014 1:00 PM

        Yes and yes.

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        September 30, 2014 1:14 PM

        You know what'll blow your mind? I actually like Windows 8.

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        September 30, 2014 1:35 PM

        I really like Windows 7. With all of the poor reviews, the only reason I would update to a new version of Windows is the forced DirectX compatibility.

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          September 30, 2014 2:12 PM

          Just about the only "poor reviews" of Windows 8 were critical of the Start Screen and all the little things attached to it. Start8/StartIsBack/ClassicShell removes those issues and then Windows 8 is awesome. Boot times are crazy, file copy speed is infinitely better than anything prior, plus many other under-the-hood improvements.

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            September 30, 2014 8:51 PM

            After the 8.1 update the only thing missing from Windows start menu was a program list.
            I keep all of my programs as shortcuts on the desktop and boot straight into that so the only annoying thing is the full screen email app but having multiple monitors even that is a minor annoyance.

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        September 30, 2014 1:36 PM

        Yes. How else would we be able to play all the new pc games? :P

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        September 30, 2014 1:40 PM

        Well, yeah. It's a great desktop environment. They just drop the ball sometimes (Vista, Win8).

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          September 30, 2014 9:06 PM

          Win8 was just a few years early and should have been like Win10 is going for.
          Microsoft is almost ready to have a single OS across all devices but they jumped the gun by implementing the small device GUI on Desktop systems.
          By now I was expecting to see a lot more touchscreen monitors which would have been a good side effect of the GUI forcing change as I have gotten so used to touch devices that I occasionally find myself poking at my monitor while showing people things.

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        September 30, 2014 1:40 PM

        Yep, no complaints really. It does everything I'd expect.

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        September 30, 2014 1:42 PM

        Do people still troll? DO people actually get sexual gratification out of posting inane bullshit on a video game website? What kind of sick psychopath would do this?

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        September 30, 2014 1:44 PM

        Yes and yes

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        September 30, 2014 1:48 PM

        fucking duh.

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        September 30, 2014 1:59 PM

        The only machine I have at home not running Ubuntu is my gaming PC. When I rebuild, that windows session will run in KVM and be used only for Windows exclusive games. Luckily for me about half of my Steam collection is Linux compatible.

        I don't mind Windows, I just don't enjoy using it anymore.

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        September 30, 2014 2:10 PM

        Yes and Yes. 8.1 here.

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        September 30, 2014 2:16 PM

        I wake up excited in the morning because I get to work with windows all day. That’s how excited it makes me.

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        September 30, 2014 2:21 PM

        yes

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        September 30, 2014 2:22 PM

        I just use it for work.

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        September 30, 2014 2:25 PM

        I use Windows and my dopamine levels are just fucking SHOT from all the emotional highs. Like, totally wrecked. I can't feel anything resembling an emotion for days afterwards.

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        September 30, 2014 2:26 PM

        An os is something that shouldn't be excitable to use

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          September 30, 2014 2:48 PM

          But I still love getting my hands on early builds of it.

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          September 30, 2014 2:50 PM

          Maybe not daily but new features are worth getting excited over imho.

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            September 30, 2014 2:52 PM

            I did get a little excited about the new task manager in Windows 8.

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        September 30, 2014 2:28 PM

        yes, and yes.

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        September 30, 2014 2:28 PM

        2014 year of the enjoyable linux desktop

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        September 30, 2014 2:30 PM

        yes, and yes. windows 7 here.

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        September 30, 2014 2:31 PM

        It gives me half a mast, at least

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        September 30, 2014 2:34 PM

        Yes I do. And not nearly as much as I enjoy OSX.

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        September 30, 2014 2:34 PM

        Yes and yes, both 7 and 8.1.

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        September 30, 2014 2:36 PM

        Are you suggesting there is a better option for gamers and enterprise out there?

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        September 30, 2014 2:36 PM

        Of course not, this is the year of the linux desktop.

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        September 30, 2014 2:50 PM

        I enjoy Windows / Linux / OS X. They're all really damn good and each play to their strengths quite well.

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        September 30, 2014 2:50 PM

        i love Windows, where else would i play Tux Racer?

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        September 30, 2014 2:50 PM

        Nope. No one ever.

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        September 30, 2014 2:51 PM

        After disabling all animations, all nag screens, all opt-in "report stuff to Microsoft... we promise that it's confidential", and make it look like NT 4, yes. And for Windows 10, I will find a way to disable live tiles, or at least get them to stop animating in that ultra-annoying fashion.

        Oh yes: this better not be the first version of Windows that requires a Microsoft Account, because I'm STILL not getting one.

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          September 30, 2014 9:14 PM

          There will be a way to turn it off either through the start menu settings or the programs and features menu.

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        September 30, 2014 3:02 PM

        Yes yes

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        September 30, 2014 3:03 PM

        The only thing worse than Windows is everything else.

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        September 30, 2014 3:16 PM

        Yup... Win 8.1 is great!!

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        September 30, 2014 3:37 PM

        Best gaming platform that exists right now.

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        September 30, 2014 5:08 PM

        remind me how long personal attack bans last please

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        September 30, 2014 6:06 PM

        Windows 7. Love affair.

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        September 30, 2014 9:07 PM

        Yes. Wtf kind of question is this?

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        September 30, 2014 9:08 PM

        Windows? Ugh, how passé. I run BeOS my friend, Windows is for commoners.

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        September 30, 2014 9:11 PM

        I don't need to enjoy using an OS, it just needs run the programs I enjoy using and for now there is really no other option when it comes to gaming.
        I had thought that a couple of decades ago we would have moved on to games on DVD running from a live OS so we wouldn't need a desktop OS at all but things changed with the internets.

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        September 30, 2014 9:20 PM

        Do people still use doors?

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      September 30, 2014 2:57 PM

      Awesome quote from Forrester analyst David Johnson: "Only about 1 in 5 organizations is offering Windows 8 PCs to employees right now and, with Windows 7 extended support running until January 2020, Microsoft needs to give enterprises reasons to move to a new version before it becomes a crisis."

      http://recode.net/2014/09/30/is-microsoft-paving-new-ground-with-next-windows-or-still-filling-potholes/

      Agreed. I'm also a bit disturbed by the "Asimov" data collection program ( http://it.slashdot.org/story/14/09/30/1350244/microsofts-asimov-system-to-monitor-users-machines-in-real-time ). I'm not disturbed by the data collection, as it's apparently being done by the same standards as the current opt-in methods for other Microsoft products. I'm more disturbed by Microsoft potentially repeating the mistakes of WIndows 8's history, under the Sinofsky era, which was outwardly described as being driven heavily by analyzing the usage patterns of users. Let's hope that the complaints of Windows 8 are loud enough to prevent the mistakes of Windows 8 from being repeated.

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      September 30, 2014 3:02 PM

      HOLY CRAP, THEY UPDATED THE CONSOLE HOST!! http://withinrafael.com/new-experimental-console-features-in-windows-threshold/

      Remember ye olde cmd.exe, with its functionality that hadn't changed since NT 4 (and probably NT 3.51)? Remember watching the OS X Terminal application and Linux equivalents like gnome-terminal and konsole providing far better functionality for things like line-wrap selection, buffering, etc.? Well, look at those screenshots! Line-wrap selection! Filtered paste! Wrap on resize! Extended Ctrl-key shortcuts! (though I'll have to scold them for the Copy one; Ctrl-C is supposed to be SIGINT, damnit! Hopefully that can be re-remapped to something like Shift-Ctrl-C, as is done with gnome-terminal).

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        September 30, 2014 3:21 PM

        Fuck. Yes!

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        September 30, 2014 9:22 PM

        Line-wrap selection.

        I think I need to change my pants...

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        September 30, 2014 10:12 PM

        It feels so fucked up they're showing these with CMD.EXE not PPPOWERSHELL

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      September 30, 2014 3:31 PM

      They skipped 9 so you don't have to

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        September 30, 2014 3:33 PM

        Actually they've fucked me, because I skipped 8 for 9 but now I've missed out on 9, I need to skip 10 and wait for 11 :( shit.

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      September 30, 2014 4:04 PM

      Season pass announced before Windows 9 is even released.

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      September 30, 2014 4:52 PM

      Windows X

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      September 30, 2014 5:04 PM

      lol! We were wrong about the stupid fuckin POS start menu guys. Here's the one you always wanted. Oh and we don't want to call it Windows 9, because Apple has OS X already.

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      September 30, 2014 5:06 PM

      Awesome I will get this on day one when it hits RC, looks really good.

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      September 30, 2014 7:57 PM

      I am liking what I am seeing so far with the UI revamp but I am not really sold on pushing more and more cloud services in to the OS itself. I watched the announcement video and it seems like they are having to eat quite a bit of humble pie to get the enterprise/corporate even interested in this.

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      September 30, 2014 9:00 PM

      I am actually wondering if the new Windows Phone OS will be called WP10.
      Since Windows Phone 7 was released they have been gearing up to use a single OS between PC and phone which may happen within 5 years.
      I see the future of phones having full desktop OS docking with my external video card and monitor as well as KBM so I don't have to transfer data between devices ever again. It would be nice to have Steam on my phone and being able to play "low rent" games on the go, just need to figure out a phone control setup that will give me enough inputs to play Star Conflict on the go without needing to have my fingers obscuring the screen. Maybe Vita style touchscreen on the back of a phone.

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      September 30, 2014 10:10 PM

      Great news for people using the "1, 2, Skip a Few" upgrade cycle.