While the whole world was waiting for the next generation of Windows operating system, i.e. Windows 9, but skipping right over 9, Microsoft has announced the next version of its Windows is Windows 10, disclosing its first details on Tuesday at an event in San Francisco.
Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s single platform for developing apps across all devices, from Smartphones and tablets to desktop PCs. However, Windows 10 will not be a one-size-fits-all operating system and instead will vary a bit from device to device.
“Windows 10 will run on the broadest amount of devices. A tailored experience for each device,” Microsoft’s executive VP of operating systems, Terry Myerson said at a press event here Tuesday. “There will be one way to write a universal application, one store, one way for apps to be discovered purchased and updated across all of these devices.“
“Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away,” Microsoft said. “Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture—and some devices can switch between input types. We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all—we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.“
Microsoft has open up the OS to dedicated beta testers under its Windows 10 “Insider Program” for individuals to start testing and already reached out to companies to evaluate the new operating system as well. Windows 10 is still in its early stages of development and is expected to ship in mid 2015.