During a preview event on September 30, Microsoft revealed Windows 10 to be the newest version of the Windows operating system (OS) and gave an approximate release date of mid-to-late 2015.
Many people have wondered why Microsoft, which released Windows 8 in 2012, skipped Windows 9. One guess is that this release, nicknamed “Threshold,” is so revolutionary that the Windows team felt it necessary to go with the next number.
Yet, North Hollywood High School junior and Windows 8 user Rahul Goyal believes that Threshold will be less of a revolution and more of a fix to the errors of Windows 8.
“It’s an attempt to get themselves organized,” Goyal claimed when approached by JSR. “[Windows] is just blending old and new experiences [and is] moving away from the ‘Metro’ design [of Windows 8].”
According to the Windows Blog, unlike other Windows editions, the new OS will be targeted for a range of devices from phones to tablets to 80-inch screens. The OS experience will be different on each device, but the application platform – the framework on which programmers base their code – will be the same. Goyal talked about Windows’ purpose in making its OS accessible for almost all devices, which he believes is an attempt to build a synergy of most, if not all, of the company’s products with each other.
For example, Goyal explained, “Google’s Android is [in] conjunction with Google Play and Google Plus. You name a Google product [and] it will relate to either of those in some way.”
“Microsoft is just starting,” he added.
Goyal admitted that he had not been able to use Windows 10 before critiquing it, which is something that Microsoft wants to change. The recently announced Windows Insider Program will allow businesses, critics, and enthusiasts like Goyal to try out a pre-release edition of Windows 10.