Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Sep 2014 21:56 UTC

Microsoft finally surprised us all: At the eagerly-awaited first briefing for the next Windows, the firm revealed that they had decided to skip the 9 and call it Windows 10 instead. From a features perspective, we only learned about a few minor new features that hadn't already leaked. And as promised, the technical preview won't ship until October. Which starts tomorrow, by the way.

To say that this was a different kind of Windows event is a major understatement. I want to focus on the details of the announcement here, but it's at least worth pointing out that Terry Myerson's team is approaching Windows 10 with a completely different - for the better - approach. Not just when compared to the past few releases. But when compared to every Windows release from the past 20 years. Everything is new again.

It's looking like a good release so far - I'm especially very happy with the further neutering of Metro and the Expose-like functionality. Odd they're skipping 9 though.

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Should have been Windows 12.
by gehersh on Wed 1st Oct 2014 00:23 UTC
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Microsoft should have called it "Windows 12" to distance itself not only from Windows 8, but also from OS X and Windows X11. And then, of course, skip Windows 13 and may be Windows 14, just for fun, and go directly to Windows 15. Wrrrrrroooom!

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CaptainN- Member since:

I'd have been happier if they'd have just called it "Windows" and got with a rolling update scheme.

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Morgan Member since:

That's honestly what I expected to happen, and I wish they had. If they truly mean what they say about one OS for all devices, that would have been the best way to do it.

But then, I'm not their typical user either. I only really like Windows on phones and tablets, at least since 8.x was released.

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