Excerpts from the Windows 10 Preview presented by Terry Myerson, Windows Chief. "Windows 10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever." "One store, one way for applications to be discovered, purchased, and updated across all of these devices." "Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform, ever."
"One of the most important customers for Windows is the enterprise." "Enterprises need to evaluate Windows early, and we're starting our dialogue with them today." "Windows 10 will be familiar for these companies." "They'll find all the tools they're used to finding." "Windows 10 will be compatible with all the traditional management systems used today."
"We're looking to find the balance, so that all the Windows 7 users get a familiar experience on the devices they already have." There's a tile on the Start Menu, pinned apps and options to shut down and restart. "We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius... and now with Windows 10 it's like a Tesla." "It gives the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the elements of Windows 8." "The tiles and icons that are shown are a blend of classic apps and new universal apps." "One of things we want to do in Windows 10... is empower novice users to get better at multitasking."
"Task view" is the new button on the taskbar. There's multiple desktops at the bottom of the interface, and when you launch task view it shows all the apps that are currently open. "We want to support those Windows 8 users who have touch machines and getting a lot of benefit out of them." The Windows Charm bar is still here. "In Windows 10, when you swipe in from the left, you get a task view." The task view is larger with buttons that are more touch friendly.
"Starting tomorrow we're going to launch our Windows Insider Program." "Technical Preview build for laptops and desktops." Technical Preview build for servers will follow after that. "We're inviting our enthusiastic fans to evaluate it with us. We know they're a vocal bunch."
Myerson is calling for feedback to help build it together with customers. "Early next year we'll start talking much more about the consumer story." "At our Build conference in April, we'll share more about Universal apps." Windows 10 shipping "later in the year" in 2015.
Q: How long will Windows 10 last? A: There's these different devices in the Windows world. One of the things we offer for enterprises is a mission critical level of support. Microsoft will support them for a long time. We have ways to support our products for well north of 10 years.
Additional Information: Experience Windows 10, starting tomorrow We hope that you are as excited about Windows 10 as we are. Starting October 1st, we’ll launch the Windows Insider Program making available a technical preview of Windows 10 for its participants. We welcome your participation in the program where you can be among the first to experience new builds as soon as they’re available and have an opportunity to influence product development decisions through the new Windows Feedback app directly within the product. We’re confident you’ll enjoy Windows 10 and look forward to hearing what developments and new features you are looking forward to for your business.