Microsoft gives first look at Windows 10

Windows 10 will try to make up some of the ground lost by its much maligned predecessor

Windows 10 will try to make up some of the ground lost by its much maligned predecessor

Microsoft has given the world its first look at its next operating system – which will be called Windows 10.

The company says the new software – due for release in 2015 – will be used on all devices, including smartphones and tablets.

With the infamous ‘Metro’ interface of Windows 8 having gotten a fairly luke-warm reception from users, the company is returning to the classic Start menu and toolbar in its next release… albeit with a slight twist.

Users will now see a number of customisable ‘live tiles’ when they hit Start, along with the kind of application and file links you’d tend to find in an older version of the Windows platform.

Full screen apps and a toned-down version of the Windows 8 home screen will also be available in certain instances, with the OS designed to switch to ‘tablet’ mode when a keyboard and mouse is no longer attached.

Microsoft also hopes its unified store will give it an edge with developers, and in turn users, as it technically allows for one app to be created to run on mobile, tablet, PC and even games console.

Other new features in the software – which Microsoft stressed is still in its infancy – include the ability to get web results in the Start menu’s search bar and improved multi-tasking functions.

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