Windows 10 brings back the Start menu
Microsoft two days ago disclosed its next operating system.The software will run on a wide range of devices, from phones and tablets to PCs and Xbox games consoles, with applications sold from a single store. It also marks the return of the Start Menu, which had been removed from Windows 8. Microsoft has laid out details of its next version of the Windows operating system, which returns to older versions experience for several key features.At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft demonstrated build 9841 of Windows 10, code-named Threshold.In a presentation video available online, the company made references to Windows 7, which was well-received by users. Microsoft also introduced a new feature called ‘Continuum’, which will adapt the Windows 10 interface based on the type of device being used. Users will also need to switch between the traditional desktop UI and the touch mode when a keyboard is disconnected or connected and according to the company the feature was made with hybrid devices like the Surface 3 Pro in mind.Chief among changes in Windows 10 is the return to the familiar Start menu to access applications and files that was removed in Windows 8 in favour of touch-oriented Start screen. The Start screen will remain in Windows 10, but will only appear when the operating system detects a touch-display device. Windows 10 will keep the “Charms” command and navigation bars on the side of the screen that are hidden until swiped into view, but they are only active on touch-screen devices and not on traditional computers with mice and keyboards.
Other new features includes a “quad snap” view allowing four apps to be snapped onto the same screen. Windows 10 will have multiple desktops for the first time, and has built in an Expose-like task view button as well.The new Windows 10 will work across a range of devices including touch screen tablets and laptops, to desktops and all-in-one PCs, Microsoft said. Microsoft hopes to lure more users back to the new operating system with simplified management and deployment that makes device wipe and reload obsolete during in-place upgrades. Microsoft is also revamping its Windows Store to allow volume app purchases for organisations, including licensing re-use and reclaim.Microsoft will offer a “technical preview” of Windows 10 to early adopters http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/preview, which will run on laptops and desktops and later the release that will work on computer servers will follow. Kevin Gallo, the company’s director for application development, said there will be one store for all devices. Universal Windows concept that allows developers to leverage the same code to deliver appropriately tailored experience across multiple devices types will be the cornerstone for building Windows 10 apps.Windows 10 will come with security and identity protection improvements that guard against data breaches, device theft and phishing or social engineering attacks,according to Microsoft, building in multi-factor authentication and token-based systems into the operating system.