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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Announced last week Tuesday on 30th September 2014, the next version of Microsoft’s Windows will be called Windows 10 and not Windows 9.

As shown in the screenshot below, there is a rumour going on in Reddit [1] mentioning that lots of third party products are checking whether the Windows version starts with “Windows 9” which means it will match Windows 95 or Windows 98.

Reddit - Why Windows 10 [2]
Reddit – Why Windows 10

What’s New In Windows 10?

Windows 10 Technical Preview [3] is now available and it will expire on 15th April 2015. I am pretty sure the Windows 10 Consumer Preview will be out before then. I am guessing Windows 10 will be launching in late October 2015, 3 years after the launch of Windows 8.

No word on the pricing of Windows 10 since it is still in the early stages. I expect Windows 10 to cost the same as Windows 8 or slightly cheaper. When Windows 8 was first launched in October 2012 in Singapore [4], it cost S$89 for the retail box and S$50 if you are upgrading from a Windows XP/Vista/7 PC.

Windows 10 - Start Menu [5]
Windows 10 – Start Menu

Windows 10 - Everything In Window [6]
Windows 10 – Everything In Window

Windows 10 - Snap Enhancements [7]
Windows 10 – Snap Enhancements

Windows 10 - New Task View Button [8]
Windows 10 – New Task View Button

Windows 10 - Multiple Desktops [9]
Windows 10 – Multiple Desktops

Source: Microsoft Windows Blog: Announcing Windows 10 [10]