Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 operating system

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 01 October 2014
Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 operating system

Microsoft has revealed details of its new Windows 10 operating system (OS), which is available to select individuals as a technical preview for the PC from today.

Packed with advanced features that have been specifically designed for business users, Windows 10 has an updated user experience, enterprise-grade security, data protection and management capabilities. It has also brought back the popular start menu that was dropped in Windows 8.

Compatible with a broad range of devices – such as PCs, phones, tablets, internet of things and enterprise data centres – Windows 10 also offers a consistent and familiar user interface, a single application platform for developers and a unified app store. Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchasing and updating easier for customers.

The new system is also designed to help improve data loss prevention by using containers and data separation at the application and file level, enabling protection that follows the data as it goes from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, e-mail or the cloud. Meanwhile, management and deployment have been simplified to include in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8, to lower costs and remove the need for device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete.

“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,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s OS group. “This will be our most comprehensive OS 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.”

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