The Most Important Changes Coming To Windows In The Next Version

Terry myerson windows 10 eventMicrosoftTerry Myerson, Microsoft’s VP of operating systems, introduced Windows 10 on Tuesday.

Microsoft gave the world a small glimpse at its next operating system, Windows 10, on Tuesday.

In a way, Windows 10 is a throwback. Whereas Windows 8 was optimised for touchscreen devices like tablets, Windows 10 makes things easier for desktop users. (It will still adapt to touchscreens, too.) Windows 10 will launch in mid-2015.

Windows 10 isn’t finished yet, but here’s a quick look at what Microsoft showed us so far.

Here's the desktop. At first glance, it looks a lot like Windows 7 and the 'desktop' mode in Windows 8. But the Start menu, which disappeared in Windows 8, is back.

It has all the normal Start menu stuff, but it also incorporates Live Tiles. You probably recognise Live Tiles from the touch-friendly Start screen on Windows 8.

You can resize the Start menu to be tall or wide. You can also pack it with as many Live Tile apps as you want.

Windows 8 apps, which were originally designed mostly for touch, now run in desktop mode.

You can resize Windows 8 apps, just like classic Windows programs.

Apps can also adapt to how you resize them.

The email app changed when we made the window more narrow.

Windows 10 can run older Windows apps, too. That's a Windows 7 app running on the right of the screen.

You can also 'snap' two apps together to fill up your entire screen.

If you snap a lot of apps together, you can get a lot done in a single view. This is ideal for big-screen desktop machines.

There's a multitasking button on the taskbar that makes it easier to switch between apps.

This view makes it easy to see all the apps you have running at the same time.

Windows 10 lets your group apps together in different desktops. For example, you can have a desktop for work, for gaming, or whatever. You can then quickly cycle through your different desktops.

This bar at the bottom is how you cycle through the desktops.

Windows 10 can adapt to whatever device you're using thanks to a new feature called Continuum. For example, if you're using a Surface with the keyboard attached, Windows 10 will put you in desktop mode. If you detach the keyboard, Windows 10 kicks you into tablet mode.

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