Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 Preview

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Microsoft revealed Windows 10 on Tuesday. It will be available for "early technical preview" for PC on October 1st.

With the release, Microsoft is highlighting advancements for the enterprise and collaboration as well as consistency across devices. It adapts to Xbox, PCs, phones, tablets, and other "tiny gadgets" to delivery that consistency.

"Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide," the company says. "Microsoft is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store. Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers."

"Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. "This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead."

The company also touts "enterprise-grade" security and identity and information protection features.

"Management and deployment have been simplified to help lower costs, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete," Microsoft says. "Businesses will also have the flexibility to choose how quickly they adopt the latest innovations and influence continued improvements. In addition, organizations will be able to customize an app store specific to their needs and environment. The intent is an app store that will allow for volume app licensing, flexible distribution, and the ability for organizations to reclaim or reuse licenses when necessary."

The OS has an expanded Start menu:

Apps from the Windows Store open in the same format that desktop programs do, and can be resized and moved around:

They've made snap improvements with a new quadrant layout to enable four apps to be snapped on the same screen.

There's a new Task View button to enable a single view of all open apps and files for quick-swtiching and one-touch access.

It also feature multiple desktops. More on the features here.

Images via Microsoft

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