Microsoft has unveiled tonight the complete package of technologies and options that will attract users, trying to complete integration of the famous Windows, Windows Phone and Windows Embedded.
Window 8 operating system launched by Microsoft did not bring the expected results of the company, users being not very attracted to the new hybrid graphic environment. The 8.1 update brought several changes meant to change the perception users, without much success.
Windows 10 has already revealed some of the secrets since the Technical Preview was released for test. Even if it had only two official updates and the most interesting news were implemented in versions that were not offered to the general public, Microsoft says that the interest for Windows Insider program test was very high, gathering 3 million installs, 1,7 million active users, 800,000 reacts and 200,000 threads.
The company also changed licensing type, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 upgrade being completely free for users that will migrate in the first 12 months to the official launch of Windows 10. Belfiore said that Windows 10 will have a continuous development rhythm that will make the concept of "version" senseless, rumored for more than two years. He did not disclose licensing prices after the migration period will expire and free expression was somewhat ambiguous, but the company probably is not yet really sure of the decision that will have to take about it.
The official or unofficial Windows 10 Technical Preview changes were presented in recent months. The Start menu will make its appearance and will include both classical and modern UI applications, but the touch screens systems will benefit of a Full Screen menu also which will take place to the Start Screen.
All applications will run in their own windows as long as the user does not choose touch mode, the multitasking receiving an improved work that better integrates Snap View option. Continuum operating mode, which allows rapid transition from desktop mode at the touch has been improved and, in addition to automation that hardware manufacturers will customize, can be controlled directly by the user.
Notification Center has been finally introduced as a finished version enough to make us cherish it, its synchronization with its equivalent on tablets or phones being an indisputable advantage for those who have chosen or will opt for the new Microsoft platform. In addition, this interface element will also include an Action Center that will replace the old Windows Charms 8.x and will provide shortcuts to important modules such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS or Display.
The company also presented extensively the integration with Cortana digital assistant and Spartan browser that is not yet a finished product but will be available with less delay for the desktop version and a larger one for the version for mobile phones, providing an airy environment, support for stylus, notes and annotations, OneNote and Cortana integration.
ARM version for tablets and phones is a new platform designed to replace both the current Windows Phone and Windows RT, new Windows 10 for ARM taking over much of the amenities that you already know, joining them with novelties implemented in the new desktop version.
Notification Center integrates with equivalent menu on the desktop or tablets that you are logged, providing a synchronization that will facilitate management activities. This menu will provide an enhanced Action Center and the opportunity to interact directly with the content of notifications, Windows Mobile managing to become less rigid, providing a superior flexibility as iOS or Android rivals.
Mail has been restored as Windows 10 will bring back multiprotocol integration that Windows Phone has had in the past but lost it. At this time, SMS and Skype are the only integrates transparent and allow the passage from one service to another, but Microsoft said that popular networks like Facebook and WhatsApp are on the priority list of programmers.
Universal applications that Microsoft has introduced almost a year ago and have appeared in a primary form on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 will reach maturity with the release of Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of universal products that use the same software core but will adapt the interface depending on the screen size on this list entering Outlook messaging client applications, Calendar, People and Photos and finally, tactile new version of Microsoft Office.
New test version of Windows 10 will be available to users enrolled in Windows Insider program starting from next week, while the phone version will arrive in February.
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