Microsoft has unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, while also providing a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available October 1.
“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” says Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group, Microsoft.
“This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”
In revealing advancements around business, enhanced security and management capabilities, Redmond also introduced the Windows Insider Program, an open collaborative development effort designed to change the way Windows is built and delivered.
As part of a raft of new releases and updates from Redmond overnight, Myerson says program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on.
Myerson says 2014 is very different world from the one in which Windows grew up because today, devices outnumber people.
“Connectivity is like oxygen,” he claims. “The tension between the desire for agility versus stability poses a huge challenge for IT Pros.
"Experiences – no matter what device you’re on – just need to work. The only thing that hasn’t really changed is the situation for developers – still too much to do, and not enough time.”
One way to look at it, according to Myerson, is that “Windows is at a threshold.”
“It’s time for a new Windows,” he adds. “This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
As a result, Myerson says Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using, running across a broad range of devices from the Internet of Things to servers in enterprise data centres.
“Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all,” he explains. “Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away.”
During the design of Windows 10, Myerson says Microsoft spent time with “many diverse customers”, placing enterprise at the core of their decisions.
“In the past year I’ve talked to dozens of enterprise customers and listened to how they are using and deploying Windows, and what they need from us,” he recalls. “These customers are betting their businesses on Windows – in the first half of this year, shipments of enterprise PCs grew 14%.
“In that same time period, shipments of Windows enterprise tablets grew 33%. These customers have a need to evaluate Windows early, so we are starting our dialog with them today.”
Also included in the release is a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store, a move Microsoft hopes will encourage developers to write an application once and deploy it across multiple device types.
More updates to follow...