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Microsoft just announced that the upcoming Windows 9 will, in fact, be called Windows 10. Crazy days.

The current build of the new OS is Windows Technical Preview 9841 and is currently at a very early stage. Previously codenamed Threshold, there is currently no Internet Explorer or consumer features like a media player.

10 great new features in Windows 10

1. There’s loads of stuff for touch, but it’s different stuff

Designed to appeal to experts and novices alike, Microsoft was at pains to point out that it hasn’t given up on touch with the new OS. The Charms bar remains for the moment although we expect it to die if you’re using a non-touch PC (check out Continum below). The task switching will no longer work on the left. So with that and the charms going, that’s goodbye to most of the problem with Windows 8 – and a whole philosophy down the pan.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said at the preview: “We want Windows 7 users to feel like they upgraded from a [Toyota] Prius to a Tesla, but they don’t need to learn a new way to drive.”

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2. It’s BACK!

As we’ve covered before, the e most noticeable change is the new Start Menu, which looks somewhat like the old start menu. It brings some features from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen, such as live tiles, and can be resized.

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3. Another new Task View (the Windows 8 flippy thing has gone)

Now the Windows 8 task switcher has been unceremoniously dumped, there’s a new Task View in Windows 10, too, so users can switch between virtual desktops.That’sause Microsoft now recognises that novice users use the taskbar rather than switching in other, cleverer, ways such as Alt+Tab (which also now switches between desktops).

Microsoft Windows 10

4. Snap Assist helps you snap windows

A new Snap Assist feature also helps users work out which way is best to snap apps to. You can snap windows into new screens and tile Windows – just as you’ve been able to since Windows 2.0 or maybe 3.0.

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5. The Command Prompt enters the 21st Century

Another quite amazing feature for those of us that use it is that the command prompt is now getting keyboard shortcuts!

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6. Improvements to Windows Explorer

A new Home location is the new default view in Windows Explorer. There’s also a Share button on the Windows Explorer taskbar.

7. Continum – the special one

This is the best new thing we found out today. Continum is an on-the-fly mode for 2 in 1 devices that can automatically change mode if it detects there is suddenly no keyboard attached.

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8. Windows 10 Universal apps

Windows 10 will also usher in a new app model – Universal Windows apps. Windows Universal apps are the new name for Metro apps/Modern apps/Windows Store apps. Take your pick on those old monikers, they’ve got a new one! Presumably (although we don’t know as yet) that these will also work on Windows Phone. Windows 10 will be able to run on all devices from phones to servers and there will be a single app store across the lot. All older Windows Store apps will work with Windows 10.

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9. Modern (sorry, Universal) apps now float on the Desktop

The new Universal apps also work on the desktop and ‘float’ in their own Windows. Microsoft wants to banish the separation between the Modern UI and the Desktop.

These ‘modern’ apps on the desktop have a … icon for more options – replacing the commands that used to be in the charms on the right-hand side of the screen.

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10. Windows 10 has lots for Business and Enterprise

Microsoft says it hopes to appeal to business with this release of Windows, more so than Windows 8 ever did. Belfiore said they were “starting the dialogue with businesses today”.

This version of Windows will have plenty of other features for enterprise, including a customised store and protection for corporate data. Mobile Device Management will be able to be used for all devices.

Windows 10 will keep personal and corporate data separate.

 

System requirement

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Resolution of at least 1024 x 768

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