Windows 10 Consumer Features To Be Unveiled At Microsoft Event In January

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 2:00 PM
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Microsoft is looking to get the hype rolling for its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, with plans to unveil much of the consumer features hitting Windows 10 during a special event in January, 2015. The software giant is looking to host its own special press event, where a new of Windows 10 features are set to be laid bare, as Microsoft prepares for the full commercial release later in the year.

Windows 10 is currently available as an early technical preview built, but Microsoft certainly has a lot of pressure on its shoulders after the disappointment of Windows 8. Microsoft’s currently keeping a fairly tight wrap on what new features are set to be incorporated, but we do know that a new touch interface called Continuum is in the works. The aim of this is to make it easier to switch between the traditional mouse and keyboard interface familiar to Windows 7 users and Metro-UI touch interface popularised by Windows 8.

The event in January won’t just be limited to the desktop experience either, With Microsoft intending to discuss how the OS will be rolled out to phones, tablets, and the Xbox One dashboard. The intention of Windows 10 is to unify all of Microsoft’s disparate operating systems under one umbrella, the results of which we should hopefully see in January.

Do you think Microsoft is doing enough to distance itself from the Windows 8 experience other than the unexpected name change? Or is changing a unified operating system across so many devices sure to result in an OS that's jack of all trades, master of none? 

 

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21:44 Dec-03-2014

Does anyone know when the consumer preview will be released?

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13:54 Dec-04-2014

I think spring/summer 2015.

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15:45 Dec-04-2014

ok, thanks :-)

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18:24 Nov-30-2014

I don't think they've learned a thing. If they want to be more based on touch, they should release a seperate OS for mobile platforms over desktop. If I want my OS to look like a childs playbook Ill swap to windows 8/.1. Unfortunatly they are the only platform to fully support games, and as such I will have to stick with it. But I'm not going to be happy with it.

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08:10 Dec-01-2014

start menu is back...why not happy?

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16:22 Nov-30-2014

I really hope that with the windows after 10 that they will remove the registry and use ext4. But that is just linux things..

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15:36 Nov-30-2014

Just getting it for directx 12.

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02:29 Nov-30-2014

Microsoft, fix windows update, fix windows maintenance, fix windows store issues, improve bluetooth capabilities and ease of use, fix task manager freezing, fix windows maintenance, FIX WINDOWS MAINTENANCE, fix pc settings into something not redundant, fix your recovery partitions, fix windows.

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21:26 Nov-29-2014

as always microsoft will screw us ,i can take no more of this sh***t

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20:14 Nov-29-2014

I feel like they are trying to force the Metro interface onto us

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20:21 Nov-29-2014

They aren't forcing us, just letting us know we can't do **** and that we're screwed.

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16:11 Nov-29-2014

idiotic ui is still there, pastel colours are still there ...they changed only name?

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16:55 Nov-29-2014

The UI that's exactly the same as Windows 7 with a small change? Yes.

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17:07 Nov-29-2014

I don't see AERO, you do? :P

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06:40 Nov-30-2014

Metro is basically a boxier Aero.

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08:14 Nov-30-2014

With a goddamn touch interface that has no place whatsoever in a desktop environment..........

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12:17 Dec-03-2014

The one that while yeah, had no place on most desktops, still worked with KBM without issue. (imo)


For the record, win10 has sorted that all out.


Please don't take this for fanboying.

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15:22 Nov-29-2014

How many fps will i get on ultra without MSAA? :)

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16:03 Nov-29-2014

I don't know..... Maybe 60 FPS with good optimization ?

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16:14 Nov-29-2014

Awesome. +1 :D

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14:31 Nov-29-2014

I don't want a touch interface. All I'm ever going to use is a keyboard/mouse combo. They better include an option to DISABLE CONTINUUM or METRO or whatever.

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15:35 Nov-29-2014

Already exists. Right now, Win10 is pretty much Windows 8 that looks like windows 7. If you like Metro, you can turn it on, but it defaults to start.

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14:17 Nov-29-2014

technical preview of Windows 10 as it is right now is as disappointing as Windows 8/8.1 is, I understand the Microsoft's hype but I'm afraid it'll all be as controversial as for ex. launch of XBOX ONE was :P

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14:27 Nov-29-2014

Bro, Atleast it has a start menu. I can suck up the HORRIBLE metro interface even, but I just want the start menu back. But I do agree about Windows 10 preview looking like a disappointment. It looks EXACTLY like windows 8. I would be happy if it looked like windows 7.

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14:37 Nov-29-2014

btw Taz, I see that you have lost your "beastly" reputation xD

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17:07 Nov-29-2014

yea, but I don't blame anyone =P =P

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17:05 Nov-29-2014

screw default looks I don't care about those since I can always manually tweak anything at some point,
I expect some serious attitude from Microsoft which is nowhere,
virus protection is basically still none, any process can hack file explorer and encrypt all your files in PC within couple seconds;
users can totally f*ck up the PC if you give them admin rights and if you don't give them admin rights they won't be able to even plug external drive;
windows registry are so oldschool storing passwords and product keys the way you can hack them and give anyone;
RAM utilization is keeping lame pace, memory leaks protection zero and ridiculous prefetch becoming useless with rise of ssds;
audio controls ancient so when using anything multiple interfaces you cannot dynamically manage sample rate, bit depth and buffer size;
video management support so poor you cannot utilize various cards (Intel, AMD, nVidia) at once without third party software;
provided firewall not protecting anything at all;
forcing microsoft account login loosing freedom of users;
not being able to split looks and systems causing UI crashes crashing whole program;
customization of looks practically nonexistent (it's something like if you compared tuning in NFS:MW and NFS:MW2012);
administration so painful because you can't just do thing easily and can't do things unless Microsoft exactly allows you;
I could continue couple more hundred reasons why I think W10 is to be laughed and not treated as serious OS to be paid for :|

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17:44 Nov-29-2014

Yeah, if windows could remove the registry thing and make it like linux, the system would be a lot cleaner since programs (and also windows apps) leave folders and registry stuff behind after a uninstall. I use Iobit uninstaller to uninstall apps, it cleans very well, but sometimes, I find some leftovers.

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17:54 Nov-29-2014

I use CCleaner to check for leftover registry keys, after cleaning over 100 entries PC does boot and perform little faster :)

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18:47 Nov-29-2014

Iobit's advanced systemcare is also a good cleaner (but I don't thrust their inbuild defragger (not sure if it is a good defragger), therefore I use disktrix ultimate defrag, which is the best HDD/SSHD disk defragger)

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19:56 Nov-29-2014

I remember using Advanced Systemcare a year ago, but since then I stopped using it because after scan and fix I randomly got "Explorer.exe has stopped working". I'm just using CCleaner.

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19:59 Nov-29-2014

I'm also using portable apps as much as I can because these apps don't touch the registry so less changes in the registry means faster and cleaner Windows. All the program files and the data of these apps are stored in just one folder. For example, My chrome and CCleaner are Portable. This is the main website of these

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20:00 Nov-29-2014

apps: portableapps.com

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11:02 Nov-30-2014

of which most of them are derived from Linux apps :))

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23:35 Nov-29-2014

is CCleaner good to use i wanted to clean my registry but do not want any complications while doing it

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17:53 Nov-29-2014

Thats what I say all the time, microsoft is just milking windows sales without changing anything, there was just small changes in kernel from windows XP to win Vista, after that we have win7 win 8 win 8.1 win 10 and they are still same thing inside with different looks
Perfect demonstration is DX, nothing had changed in 15 years from how hardware is using that api, there is no multithread suppord at all

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19:44 Nov-29-2014

If W10 isn't successful, Microsoft will have broken the cycle and we will never be able to predict the quality of a new OS P

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19:48 Nov-29-2014

you can see in the pic, W9 was supposed to be the good one, pity they skipped to W10 right away =P

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21:27 Nov-29-2014

hahaha, yeah
Windows 9 had that linux kernel :-D

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08:22 Nov-30-2014

Yeah, though I can add to the pattern. Seems like when MS tries something new they fail, in the next OS they create the same but polish it and add on to it - that succeeds.

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09:00 Nov-30-2014

Well, I think you might be onto something. Windows vista was an utter flop, but when Microsoft polished that exact same interface and the inner core of it, It became Windows 7. And we can all see where that has gone.

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10:14 Nov-30-2014

But windows 95 was not really different than windows 98. I had both.

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11:03 Nov-30-2014

Vista wasn't that bad either except ram usage which is as low as W8/8.1 today :P

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12:52 Nov-30-2014

@GreekBlood that's what I mean. 98 is a polished 95, XP is a polished ME, 7 is a polished Vista. Windows 10 seems to be "something new" second time in a row - I guess W11 will be the next good one, if they decide to stick with the roots of W10 and just fix it, polish and add on to it :P

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14:32 Nov-30-2014

But we will never experience excitement over windows release

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