Microsoft will let you try the upcoming version of Windows, Windows 10, in February, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley.
Microsoft is holding a big event at its headquarters in Redmond, Wash., Wednesday to show off Windows 10 and provide a deeper look beyond the tiny preview we got last fall.
Windows 10 is designed to fix a lot of the gripes people had with Windows 8. Instead of focusing mostly on tablet-optimised apps, Windows 10 will work better with traditional desktop and laptop computers, which should be more familiar for most users.
Windows 10 will be the operating system for all Microsoft devices, including Windows Phones and Xbox. Microsoft promises that creating one unified OS will make it easier for developers to write apps for multiple platforms at once. In theory, this should solve Windows Phone’s app selection problem. It still doesn’t have the best apps like Android and the iPhone.
The final version of Windows 10 probably won’t be ready until much later this year. But Microsoft typically lets users try early builds of Windows for free in a consumer preview version, which Foley says will arrive in February and work on certain Windows Phones, PCs, and tablets.