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Microsoft Opts for ‘Windows 10’ Twin Version, Skips ‘Windows 9’

Though Windows 8 Operating System was not very popular, Microsoft Corp. has stepped up its overhaul of the decades-old OS on Tuesday announcing its new Windows 10 Operating System providing two version, one for PCs and the other for tablets and smartphones.

Microsoft has, however promised to keep some elements of the old Windows such as the START button and many other features currently used in Windows 8 and its predecessor Windows 7.

“Windows 10 will be our greatest enterprise platform ever,” said Terry Myerson of Microsoft in San Francisco.The project named “Threshold” mainly seeks to unify all the computing platforms on one single OS with the Windows 10, he said. “Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using, from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets,” said Myerson.

Windows 8, which was released in 2012, was able to attract only one-fifth of the traditional corporate clients to migrate to it, according to technology research firm Forrester, though it was introduced with the feature of touch-optimized interface but without the traditional start-button pop-up menu.

Currently, Windows OS runs on 14% of the PCs and hand-held devices like tablets and smartphones, according to Gartner.

The Windows 10 has both features — one for PCs with mouse as the UI and other version for touch-controlled tablets and smartphones. While Myerson did not reveal the exact date of Windows 10 launch, next year 2015 seems likely for the roll out.


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