Windows 10, formerly known by the codename ‘Threshold’, is the sixth major release of the ‘Client’ branch of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It is the successor to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, and was unveiled on September 30th 2014.
It aims to address shortcomings in the user interface first introduced by Windows 8 by bringing additional mechanics designed to improve the user experience for non-touchscreen devices (such as desktop computers and laptops). This includes a revival of the Start menu last seen in Windows 7, a virtual desktop system, and the ability to run Windows Store apps within windows on the desktop rather than a full-screen mode. Windows 10 will be available for desktops and laptops, and it has been announced it will be accessible on tablets, smartphones and other embedded windows products.
Windows 10 features DirectX 12, a new virtual desktop known as ‘Task View’, and is generally designed to adapt itself to the device it is running on, providing "the right experience on the right device at the right time."
It will be serviced in a significantly different manner to previous releases by adopting a tiered rapid-release approach.
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