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Wait Windows 10 what happen to Windows 9, So correct it’s not Windows TH, Windows X, Windows One, and even Windows 9 … it’s Windows 10. Turns out Microsoft didn’t want to give their consumers the wrong idea when in the days of Windows 98ME and said wants you tried Windows 10 you’ll agree that the name was more then right. Instead of me writing up this big ass long article I’ll just do a quick quote from veriest places from around the web.

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So lets start this off with some of the key changes made in Windows 10:

Continuum: Microsoft is adding a new feature called Continuum that allows the operating system to adapt based on what type of device you’re using. For example, if you’re using a mouse and keyboard you’ll get the standard desktop view. But if you’re using a Windows tablet hybrid, you’ll switch to “tablet mode” once you disconnect the keyboard.

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Return of the classic desktop and Start menu: Windows 10 will come with a classic looking desktop, which should please Windows fans that miss Windows 7 (shown above). This means there will be a Start menu, too, although it looks a bit different than the menu we’re used to. As previous leaks had indicated, the Start menu looks like a hybrid of a standard menu and the tiled Windows 8 interface.

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Better multitasking: There’s a new “task view” button on the task bar that lets you easily switch between apps. Click the Task view button The task view button to quickly switch between open apps. To see several apps at the same time, drag them to the side or corner of the screen. You’ll see where the app will snap, along with other apps that can automatically snap next to it.

An improved Snap feature: With Windows 10, you’ll be able to snap multiple apps alongside one another. Based on Microsoft’s demo, it looks like you can snap more apps together than you could before with previous versions of Windows. Always used Display Fusion for this feature, here a alternative for that it’s called AquaSnap enjoy!

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Apps will run on the desktop: Windows 8 apps, which were initially designed for touch, will now work with the mouse and keyboard and will run in the desktop. Microsoft is clearly making its software more PC-friendly. Belfiore noted how the menu combines traditional Win32 apps with apps built for Windows 8 and Windows Phone and distributed through Microsoft’s app store.

Command Prompt: At the far end of this spectrum are people who may appreciate improvements to using the “command prompt” capability, which Belfiore demonstrated. Really like this support especially for those PowerUser like myself and glad I didn’t jump total in the command prompt with Windows 7.

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DirectX 12 API: Microsoft Corp. has announced that its next-generation Windows 10 operating system will ship with DirectX 12 application programming interface (API). Keeping in mind that the OS is designed for all types of devices and DX12 is a corner stone for Microsoft’s ecosystem-related strategy, the news is hardly surprising.

Microsoft made available Windows 10 technical preview that gives a glimpse of what is coming in terms of user interface and general capabilities. What the technical preview, regrettably, lacks is DirectX 12 application programming interface, possibly, because it has to be supported by independent hardware vendors and far not all IHVs are ready with appropriate drivers today. Still, Microsoft made it clear that the DX12 is an integral part of Windows 10. The final version of Windows 10 will ship with DirectX 12, and we think it’s going to be awesome, said Bryan Langley, a spokesman for Microsoft, in a blog post.

It is unknown when Microsoft rolls-out a version of Windows 10 with DirectX 12 and whether it plans to do so before shipping the final version of the operating system. Previously the company did allow enthusiasts to try-out its new DirectX APIs before official releases.

Apparently DirectX 12 won’t be coming to Windows 7 The real Question does Richard Huddy speak for Microsoft No!

Touchscreens: Touch controls in contrast to the Windows 8 emphasis on touchscreens and a new “charms” control menu that disappeared until summoned. Instead of designing first for touchscreens, Windows 10 is using touch to extend the mouse-and-keyboard experience ‘so it feels natural,” Belfiore said. “I expect that charms bar to change,” he said. At the same time, Microsoft still sees a lot of potential in “two in one” devices that work as both a tablet and a traditional laptop. The “Windows 8 focus on touch was trying to salute the idea that people would be productive on these touch devices but we didn’t quite get it right,” Belfiore said. New consumer features are coming but aren’t being shown yet. Instead, the company’s reaching out first to enterprise customers.

Microsoft will offer a Technical Preview of Windows 10, which will run on laptops and desktops.

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You can sign up for the Windows Insider Program, HERE. Microsoft has also launched a dedicated Windows Technical Preview page with instructions on how to sign up, download and install.

You’d better hurry up because according to KitGuru The Windows Technical Preview expires in 196 days but as with most OS previews, this one has an expiry date, enthusiasts will be able to use the preview up until mid April next year, which is around the time Microsoft hosts its annual developers conference.

This is actually good news as it gives us an idea of when to either expect an updated consumer preview to replace the current build, or the final release of the OS itself, although the latter isn’t quite as likely. Should there be an updated preview, we can expect it to be much closer to the final version of Windows 10, which Microsoft is hoping to officially release mid 2015.

Rumors are suggesting that Windows 10 may be a free update for Windows 8 owners although Microsoft has stated that it has no plans to announce pricing or upgrade plans before April next year.

Since were on the topic of trying out a new operating system and were not saying your going to like it, but maybe you will and want more control installing third-party themes. Don’t worry I got you covered, Martin from ghacks put together a little tutorial How to Install custom themes in Windows 10 using UxStyle. This is blocked in Windows however which means that system files need to be patched first before third-party themes can be installed. If you fine How-To or tutorials a great way to learn about something then you may wanna checkout Windows 10 How-to from Microsoft, yeah it’s something for now until other places like tenforums.com come online.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Using Real-Time Keylogger? If you have installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you also gave permission to Microsoft to collect data of your usage and report that back to Microsoft as feedback to improve the product. Closer examination of the code shows that you could be sending data in real time as you type. Some are calling this a keylogger within the Windows 10 Technical Preview, which isn’t good news. Microsoft is collecting data on text entered as is it trying to improve auto correct within the system, however I don’t think many users will be happy with Microsoft watching text being inputted into the system.

Windows 10’s Very Different Way Of Updating: Our understanding is that even with this continuous delivery of new features, Microsoft will occasionally update the Windows version number. This will both provide a name to attach to big updates and an update route for those using the most conservative update policy. In conjunction with these changes, we’re likely to see the end of “Service Packs” and their corresponding installer. Individual hotfixes and the full operating system installer used for bare systems will cover all the install and update scenarios.

Windows 10 registry tweak to see new preview builds will block future updates: About two weeks ago, we posted up a tweak that would allow you to see unreleased Windows 10 builds that were ready for download. While we said that this was not for the novice users and there were no benefits at the time, it looks like this may do more harm than good. Microsoft’s newly appointed Windows Preview lead for the Insider program, Gabriel Aul, has stated on Twitter that if you made this tweak, your machine will not receive future builds. As we speculated when we wrote the post, this is trick is for internal use only, and by applying it to your machine, it takes you out of the public release cycle.

A first look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview: This time it is The Tech Report who are taking a look at Win10 and what it brings to the table and what it takes away. As you can see from the screenshot above the Start Menu is mostly back, with a selection of large tiles already added to the side of the menu, though they are easily removable or can be replaced with non-Metro applications. Since the contextual search still appears at the bottom of the Start Menu the search button on the taskbar seems unnecessary. The multiple desktops work as promised, with ways to easily switch between your workspaces, windows have been visually trimmed along the outside and drop shadows are back. Check out the new command prompt and other changes in their three page article.

Windows 10 gets support for 2-step authentication: Microsoft spreds word that the pending Windows 10 will see support for 2-step authentication, enabling you to use your PC or phone as an extra layer of security, not only for the OS itself but also for websites and online services. Blogging Windows

Microsoft rolls out the First Windows 10 update to the Insider Program: Microsoft has started to roll out the first new build of Windows 10 Technical Preview to those in the Windows Insider Program. It’s called Build 9860. This 2GB to 2.74GB update (depending upon your system config) will come along automatically via Windows Update as long as you are on an unmetered connection. If it’s not started downloading for you yet just go to PC Settings, Update and recovery, Preview builds and click the Check Now button to prompt it to action. Blogging Windows

Microsoft to add in Apple-like trackpad gestures to Windows 10: Microsoft will be implementing greater trackpad functionality in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, bringing the Windows trackpad experience closer to what you would find on a Macbook Pro, with multiple new finger gestures to make users more efficient whilst flicking through programs on the OS. Microsoft first started improving its trackpad solution with the launch of Windows 8. With the help of Intel, the company was able to implement precision trackpads as a hardware solution. Now with Windows 10, it’s time to borrow a few ideas to make gestures more efficient.

Microsoft launches cross-platform remote Internet Explorer application: Developers who want to optimize their websites for all web browsers need to get their hands on various browsers to do so. One of the issues that devs run into regularly is platform restrictions when it comes to browsers. Developers who want to run the latest Internet Explorer test version for instance need Windows 10 to do so as it is the only platform the browser is available on. RemoteIE is a new service by Microsoft that enables developers to run this version of Internet Explorer remotely on other devices.

Windows 10 Enterprise Features Revealed: Microsoft revealed more information about Windows 10’s enterprise-oriented features. Expected around the middle of next year, the new operating system will include a variety of new UI elements to make it more user friendly than Windows 8, including a Start menu, virtual desktops, and resizable Windows Store apps that behave more like legacy apps. Though less visible than these UI changes, Windows 10’s beneath-the-hood improvements for enterprises will be equally important, allowing businesses to deploy and manage the OS more easily than they have with past versions. Blogging Windows

Microsoft Pushes out Second Update to the Windows 10 Preview: New touch features, One Drive integration. Microsoft has pushed out the second build update to Windows 10 preview users. Build 9879 is now available to download, bringing with it a ton of new changes and a few noteworthy additional features, which were created due to user feedback. The first new change made is to the design of the task bar. Due to user feedback, users can now hide the search or task view buttons on the task bar. Minimize and maximize animations have been fixed a lot of the “crash and hang” issues have been resolved completely, making the OS a bit more stable to use daily. Blogging Windows

Microsoft confirms that Windows 10 kernel will be 10.0: This large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components of the OS to make it the core for all of Microsoft’s products. The company is working to consolidate all of its platforms into what the company calls OneCore, which, as the name implies, will be the one core for all of the company’s operating systems.

Windows 10 to support Flac and MKV Natively: It seems that Microsoft’s change of heart in regards to Windows and future versions of the operating system did not end with the design of a new start menu and a dynamic interface. According to Grabriel Aul, leader of Microsoft’s Data & Fundamentals team of the Operating Systems Group, flac support is coming to Windows 10.

The Next Chapter in Windows 10: Microsoft has announced its next Windows 10 event which it says it will hold in the Redmond campus on the January 21st 2015. The event is titled Windows 10 the next chapter and we expect to see the newer beta that will include already leaked Cortana voice assistant integration. Microsoft supremo Satya Nadella will be there and the event will be webcasted. The latest build (9879) includes the Insider Hub app and Microsoft will share more details about the future of Windows 10. Blogging Windows

Microsoft to talk Windows 10 gaming: Phil Spencer, Microsoft leader of gaming said some time back that it was not time yet for the company to talk Windows 10 gaming. Time has moved on since then, but now finally the time for it to happen is coming. Spencer said in his Twitter feed that news regarding the future of gaming on Windows 10 is coming in January. On January 21st Microsoft is going to apparently be holding a Windows 10 gaming event at the Redmond campus. The event which will be streamed live via the Internet is expected to be where Microsoft talks more about DirectX 12 and what it means for PC games. We expect Terry Myerson, Jos Belfiore, as well as Phil Spencer to be among those to be on hand to tell us about the future.

DirectX 12 vs DirectX 11 Performance Slides: Windows 10 will be coming with DirectX 12. DirectX 12 is the first version of DirectX that really uses multiple processors cores more effectively in term getting that render latency down. Two slides indicating exactly that have just leaked onto the web. Bottom line: In DirectX 11 this frame took almost 9ms to render. In DirectX 12, it took about 4ms as a website called Little Tiny Frogs reported (Brad Wardell is the website woner and the founder of Stardock). Here is a CC directly from LTF: Now, how much real world improvement you get depends heavily on both the developer and the game. But the reason we’re all getting so excited is that DirectX 12 should be the biggest performance bump for those who utilize it we’ve ever seen.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 will run on billions of devices: Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 10 operating system will eventually power billion of devices, the company revealed this week. Apparently, the new OS will target not only PCs, tablets and smartphones, but also various devices that belong to the Internet-of-Things (IoT) world. While Microsoft did not explicitly confirm it, it looks like Windows 10 will also be aimed at various wearable computing devices, smart home appliances, special-purpose equipment, automobiles and more.

Could Windows 10 and beyond be a subscription service?: Following remarks made at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference by Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, there has been some speculation that Windows 10 could be released for free, or at least at a very low price while being backed by some subscription services. Here’s what Turner had to say: “We’ve got to monetize it differently. And there are services involved. There are additional opportunities for us to bring additional services to the product and do it in a creative way. And through the course of the summer and spring we’ll be announcing what that business model looks like.” This could mean that Windows 10 is given away for free, while some of Microsoft’s products like Office 365, Skype and Onedrive among other services were accessible through a subscription fee. It would certainly be a good way to get people to upgrade to the latest OS from the software giant, potentially avoiding the big cut off like it had when it dropped XP support.

Skype’s Real-time voice translation service:
Skype announced several months ago that it would soon be rolling out it’s real time voice translation service for customers. Today it begins the first small step of that roll out, with users speaking Spanish and English now able to talk to each other over Skype voice or video chat as well as IM without needing to know a word in the other’s language.

Microsoft may launch a new web browser for Windows 10: Microsoft is reportedly working on an all new web browser to launch alongside Windows 10 in 2015. The project is currently codenamed ‘Spartan’ and will see the company move away from Internet Explorer, which has garnered up quite a bad reputation over the years. According to ZDNet, the new app is not going to be Internet Explorer 12 but a brand new browser instead. This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard that Microsoft may move away from Internet Explorer , back in August during a Reddit AMA, IE Engineer, Jonathan Sampson, said that the company had been internally debating moving away from Internet Explorer to avoid the “negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today”.

New rumors point towards possible Windows 10 pricing plans: Rumors surrounding Microsoft’s business model for Windows 10 have been circulating since the operating system’s announcement in October last year. New reports are claiming that those that own a genuine copy of Windows 8.1 will get to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest work for free. Citing sources “close to the matter”, Softpedia reports that Windows 7 users will have to pay a small fee, while those who are on an older version of Windows or have no license at all, will have to pay full price, although we don’t know exactly how much ‘full price’ will be.

Windows 10 build 9901 Introduces New Consumer Features: A leaked version of Windows 10 build 9901 shows some interesting new features. The development of this new (well ..) OS is going strong, the first screen-shots have been posted at SuperSite for windows. The build introduces an improved version of Cortana, a unified Store app, a new Settings app, new visual styling, and more, see after the break. The biggest new feature since the recent technical preview is the addition of Cortana. A video demonstration leaked earlier this month, but the build itself shows how Cortana sits at the top of the search interface for Windows 10, responding to text and voice commands.

Next Windows 10 update will not be build 9901: The head of Windows’ Insider program, Gabriel Aul, has confirmed that users will be able to download the new Windows 10 build as an ISO, which confirms the fact that this next iteration might be a major one. Users will also be able to upgrade existing installs. Aul also confirmed that the build will not be the 9901 that was leaked last month. Getting ISOs launched at the same time as updates is a smart but logical move as it allows early adopters, most of whom are computer enthusiasts, to get a fresh install every time.

Spartan update and The Dark Side of Windows 10: According to some recently leaked images courtesy of cnbeta, it seems that Microsoft is exploring a new dark theme for Windows 10 with some very flat iconography. While all we have right now are these photos showing a concept of a dark taskbar with some white outlined icons and the Spartan browser there may be more leaks to come before the Windows 10 preview event on the 21st of this month.

Microsoft to Release Preview for Windows 10 on Smartphones: Microsoft is currently preparing to launch a technical preview of Windows 10 for smartphones at the end of this month, following an event on the 22nd of January. Microsoft is currently expected to reveal its plans for the cross-platform operating system on mobiles and tablets at this month’s press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans told The Verge that the company will demo new features aimed at Windows 10 on phones, including user interface changes, aimed at bringing the design closer to that of its desktop counterparts. There are also changes being made to Windows 10 on desktops, such as the addition of light and dark themes, much like what is currently found on Windows mobile devices.

This month’s Windows 10 briefing will be streamed online: This month’s Windows 10 briefing is swiftly approaching and will hopefully bring us all up to speed on the latest developments for the operating system. Including Phil Spencer’s news for PC gamers. Those that can’t be at the event won’t have to wait for websites to deliver the news through articles though as Microsoft will be live streaming the event. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, will be present on stage alongside VP of operating systems, Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Xbox head, Phil Spencer. Spencer teased upcoming news for PC gamers last year and shortly after, our first look at the Windows 10 Xbox app leaked. The Windows 10 Next Chapter will take place on the 21st of January at 9 AM Pacific time/ 5pm GMT.

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