As the Microsoft 10 event gets underway, one of the first announcements made was that Microsoft will allow some users to update to the new operating system for free, following Apple in their recent releases. Microsoft is still previewing the current stage of the company’s ‘Windows 10 consumer preview’ to press this morning (Wednesday), showcasing off a few of the new features that will be present when the platform releases. That release date isn’t nailed down yet it seems, but a fall 2015 release date is expected.
Microsoft released a developer preview in the later-half of 2014, but just like many other developer previews of new operating systems, many of the features haven’t been implemented yet and there are still quite a few bugs that need to be taken care of.
The new operating system won’t be free to all users, only users running versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8, or the upgraded 8.1 builds. It was Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, who stated that 1.7 million people had already downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview; so testing is off to a great start.
Windows 10 hopes to achieve several main goals with its design, including unifying all Windows enabled products from mobile to desktop. That was the same goal Microsoft had with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. “You should be able to to print with a flick, or transfer a Skype call with a simple, intuitive gesture,” Myerson said at the event. “Its important that our users’ privacy is protected and that they trust the experience.”
Microsoft itself skipped over Windows 9 when naming the new OS. This upgraded OS offers a strong focus on touch-screens, another focus that held Windows 8 back when it launched, but touchscreens have become much more affordable since the Windows 8 original build was released. Not to make the same mistake twice, Microsoft is putting more work into the traditional keyboard and mouse inputs, so that customers who are working at a desktop without a touchscreen can still easily navigate the UI.