Microsoft will display the Windows 10 consumer version in late January, according to the Verge. All the details will be unveiled at the special event. Microsoft will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 6-9, but unveiling the Windows 10 consumer version requires a separate event.
Microsoft organized a one hour short event on Sep. 30 in San Francisco, where the company unveiled some of the new OS’s main characteristics. About 1 million testers had installed the developer preview in October, according to the company. Microsoft planned to offer the Windows 10 consumer preview in early 2015, so it seems they are right on track. We will learn more details about the event before the end of the year.
There is no Windows 9 because it appears that 10 will be far more advanced than 8 and 8.1. The latest versions are widely considered to be semi-failed experiments. As devices supporting Windows are increasingly diverse, Microsoft attempted to provide one integrative solution. After vigorous complaints, 8.1 added back some features from 7. The idea of one OS for a plethora of devices is still in Microsoft’s plans.
According to the company’s blog post from September, “Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide.” However, Redmond promises a tailored experience on each device.
User frustration grew when Windows 8 imposed some tablet-like interface to mouse and keyboard users. It appears that Microsoft clearly understood the problem. A new Windows 10 feature called Continuum, will allegedly solve the problem. Users will have the option of choosing between touch and non-touch modes. Connecting the keyboard will automatically change the mode to non-touch. Apps and the Start screen will instantly adapt to each mode.
Moreover, Cortana is one of the new Windows 10 features expected by many to be included in the consumer version preview to be released in late January.
Windows 8 turned out to be so unwelcomed that Microsoft decided to end its retail sale just two years after launch. That is an even shorter retail period than Vista’s. Since Oct. 31, Windows 8.1 is the only OS marketed by Microsoft, although OEMs will still equip desktops and laptops with their remaining Windows 8 licenses.
Windows 10 will have a proper launch in “mid 2015.”