Microsoft hosted an event in San Francisco this afternoon, giving the public their first look at the newest version of Windows. The name of the operating system was revealed to be Windows 10, not Windows 9 as many predicted.
Windows 10 will integrate elements from Windows 7 and 8. Windows 8’s tiled interface caused many users to become frustrated at the lack of classic features. Windows 10 will mark the return of the traditional start menu and taskbar users have become accustomed to from Windows 7, while maintaining the colorful tiles from Windows 8.
Microsoft has designed Windows 10 to work across all types of devices. Smartphones, tablets and laptops alike, it is being dubbed one platform for all mediums. The addition of a feature called Continuum will allow the operating system to adapt based on what type of device is being used. The event for Windows 10 also showcased its superior multitasking capabilities, an improved snap feature and the ability to run apps on desktops.
Microsoft’s “insider” program will launch tomorrow, enabling people to test the technical preview of Windows 10. A consumer preview of Windows 10 will be available early next year, and the final build will launch mid-2015.