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  • Microsoft To Launch Windows 10 Skipping Version 9

    Microsoft To Launch Windows 10 Skipping Version 9

    Microsoft has revealed the next version of Windows, and the updated operating system is skipping over Windows 9 completely and will be known as Windows 10.

    An official launch is expected in mid-2015.

    The new OS will be Microsoft's most comprehensive platform ever, Terry Myerson, executive vice president for operating systems, said.

    Windows 10 marks the return of the Start Menu, which had been removed from Windows 8. The new Start Menu has the traditional list layout of previous versions of the interface, combined with the tile set-up that Microsoft introduced in Windows 8.

    The start menu in Windows 10 will appear similar to what's found in Windows 7, but tiles opening to the side will resemble what's found in Windows 8.

    Microsoft is restoring some of the more traditional ways of doing things and promises that Windows 10 will be familiar for users regardless of which version of Windows they are now using.

    The firm also unveiled a new version of its MSN online service today

    Users can also create multiple desktops to keep things organized.

    An early version of the software, demonstrated on stage by Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore, showed two modes, one optimized for touch-controlled tablets, and one for PCs using a mouse and keyboard. Users can switch between the two depending on the device.

    Myerson did not say exactly how or when the new Windows would be rolled out, but other executives said Microsoft was aiming for a full release in spring 2015. A technical preview can be downloaded from Microsoft's website, starting on Wednesday, for users to try out and give the company feedback.

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