Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, is rumoured to be released by the end of July. After a distinctly lukewarm reception for Windows 8, Microsoft seem to have backtracked on some of the radical changes they made from Windows 7.
The new start menu, introduced in 8, is replaced by what appears to be a hybrid of the menu from 7 and the live tiles from 8. When you click the start button you are presented with the classic list of programs, familiar to anyone who has used a Windows operating system prior to 8, to the right of this list is a section dedicated to the Windows 8 live tiles. This new design is an attractive and functional combination of the good elements of both systems. The list and the tiles are customisable, and overall the menu is less bothersome than having to transition to a whole new screen to access your apps.
The File Explorer remains relatively unchanged, with the only major addition being the Home feature. Home is now the default landing page when you open File Explorer, and contains a list of your recent files and folders.
One of the most exciting changes introduced in Windows 10 is the proposed system of updates. Microsoft have stated that they want Windows 10 to be the last version of Windows, with a continuous stream of updates replacing the need to upgrade your operating system every few years. Microsoft have also stated that these updates will be free, calming those who had worried that this announcement heralded the coming of operating systems that you had to pay for annually.
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for anyone with Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows mobile for a year after the release, with no word yet on the price for new users.