Microsoft has formally announced a new version of its Windows operating system, with a first look at the OS branded Windows 10. The company seems to have skipped a generation in its numbering scheme, going directly from Windows 8 to 10. Microsoft also announced that it will share it plans with enterprise customers and developers by releasing a Windows 10 Technical Preview on October 1st. While the company eventually plans to release the OS in late 2015, it currently outlined some of the new features which will make it to the finished version. Listed below are some of the highlights of the announcement: Unified apps platform: Microsoft said, Windows 10 will deliver a universal app platform with one security model and one deployment and management approach. Consequently, app developers will need to develop for only one platform, while letting users access across multiple devices including, Windows 10 tablets, phones, desktops and laptops. According to the company, apps can also scale to industrial devices, purpose-build industry solutions, Internet of Things devices (small footprint devices) and even 85” touchscreen conference room displays. It plans to achieve platform unity by: Providing developers with one consistent API layer with consistent UX design surfaces and flexible tools. Enabling Windows Store apps to run in a windowed environment on the desktop to support a wider range of hardware. Creating a single Store for all devices, making it easier for developers to reach customers. The store will include features like volume app purchasing for corporations and flexible distribution…
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