What We Thought vs. We We Got
Today’s 1PM EDT announcement has brought a few surprises and confirmed a few expectations. We’ll be updating this post throughout the Microsoft event.
- What We Thought: The next version of Windows would be named Windows 9.
- What We Got: Windows 10
- What We Thought: It will be a free upgrade for for Windows 8 users.
- What We Got: Microsoft declined to discuss upgrade and pricing information during the Q&A session.
- What We Thought: The Start Menu will make a valiant return
- What We Got: Start menu does indeed make a return. There is a “Me” tile on the start menu with pinned apps. Some aspects of the Start Menu will be re-sizable.
- We Thought: Cortana voice assistant will be included.
- We Got: No official word yet. However, Microsoft did indicate that Windows 10 is also the next version for Windows phone. This seems to indicate Cortana will be included.
- What We Thought: Summer/Fall 2015 Release to retail, with a developer/technical preview coming very soon
- What We Got: Retail release will be late 2015. Technical Preview will be released tomorrow (October 1, 2014)
Other Notable Items
- There will be a separate touch mode and keyboard/mouse mode that will optimize the interface for your input
- The “Charms Bar” is staying, but may change slightly
- You can now Ctrl + V to paste into a command prompt window.
- You’ll have the option of using Multiple Desktops in Windows 10, with different apps on each desktop
- The Windows 7 Snap View and Win Key + Arrow Keys works again in Windows 10
- Technical Preview will be available tomorrow and can be downloaded from the Windows Insider program at http://preview.windows.com
- Windows 10 will also be the next version for Windows Phone.
I followed coverage from The Verge today, they did a fantastic job with their live blogging and tweeting. I’ll be reviewing the Windows 10 Technical Preview very soon and will have lots more Windows 10 details.