Microsoft is going straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10. The company skips version 9 in an attempt to unify Internet services and mobile devices with a single operating system.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 has been largely ignored by the business community for forcing radical behavioural changes, the new Windows 10 is going to be a marriage of Windows 7 and windows 8. For instance, the start menu in Windows 10 will appear similar to what's found in Windows 7, but tiles opening to the side will resemble what's found in Windows 8.
Joe Belfiore, a Microsoft executive who oversees Windows design and evolution, said Windows 10 will offer "the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the benefits that exist in Windows 8" to help business users make the transition.
Microsoft offered a glimpse of its vision for Windows at a San Francisco event aimed at business customers. Microsoft is making a technical preview version available to selected users starting Wednesday. It plans to unveil details about consumer features early next year, with a formal release in mid-2015