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Microsoft reportedly hosting a Windows 10 event in January

by Mark Tyson on 28 November 2014, 09:35

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Microsoft is rumoured to be hosting a Windows 10 event in January. The firm is expected to be using the event to launch a Consumer Preview of the latest revision of its Windows operating system, reports The Verge.

The tech world is usually rather engrossed by the goings on at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January. Microsoft is said to be planning a standalone event later on in the month for its Consumer Preview premiere, far enough from the boundaries and distractions of the busy trade show. If the sources are reliable, the firm looks to be on track with the previously promised "early 2015" date for a discussion on consumer features and a Consumer Preview release of Windows 10 for those too wary of the Technical Preview.

The Technical Preview of Windows 10 is already available for download and testing out on PCs. The consumer announcement of Windows 10 however, will see the company detail "more significant" plans including those for Windows smartphones and tablets, and possibly a new Xbox One dashboard update. This will be the first time we get a peep at the mobile version of the new operating system, it is thought. Also we should see Windows 10 for PCs become much nearer to its final shipping form for consumers.

With Windows 10 designed to run across multiple devices, including PCs, tablets, phones and the Xbox One, Microsoft is expected to reveal all the consumer-facing features in Windows 10 at the event, including touch-to-desktop UI switching innovations such as Continuum (demonstrated above). The Verge report suggests that exact date of the event should be formally announced by the company before the end of this year.



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My most recent observation from using Win 10 TP is that the opening splash screen from boot, prior to log on, has a little icon saying my battery is flat - strange as it's running on a desktop! Obviously they need to make sure the system can properly recognise the device its working on if its going to work across all devices.
It'll be interesting to get a clearer view of what MS see as the way out of the W8 MUI backlash. Will they, this time, take on board what lots of users have been clearly saying, or will they try (again) to put one over us, like they did with the ‘return of the Start button’?

For me, as will be no surprise to anyone that knows me, the answer to that is a pre-requisite to ANY other Win10 issues. If they haven't adequately dealt with that, I'm not at all interested in what else Win10 does, or how it does it.

And the Consumer Preview will hopefully throw light on that, though not a definite light as it could still change.

If MS don't deal with it, to my satisfaction, then I'll keep existing Win7 machines on Win 7, even if it means having no internet conection at all on them, and use purely Linux/ Android for any net-connected machines/devices.

Win10 is make/break time for me with my (30 year) relationship with Windows.
I quite like the full screen fully customisable start menu of 8.1 would be a shame to go backwards just for those who are thinking backwards. Hopefully 10 will just give more options for those who like to go backs to indeed go backwards.

But hey just put some lipstick on 8.1 and people will say its the second coming, it worked for Vista SP3… I mean 7.
Percy1983
But hey just put some lipstick on 8.1 and people will say its the second coming, it worked for Vista SP3… I mean 7.

My thoughts exactly
Percy1983
I quite like the full screen fully customisable start menu of 8.1 would be a shame to go backwards just for those who are thinking backwards. Hopefully 10 will just give more options for those who like to go backs to indeed go backwards.

But hey just put some lipstick on 8.1 and people will say its the second coming, it worked for Vista SP3… I mean 7.
If it gives ME the option to use MUI or not, fine. I won't, by the way, because I detest it, and certainly don't agree it's ‘forward’ just because it's new. But I expect to be making the choice, not having MS decide for me.

I don't want to stop you using full-screen if you like it. Since Win8 first arrived, I've consistently said all it needs is to have a configuration option to allow the user to choose, and the backlash would disappear.

But also, as I've often said, I no longer much care what MS do. If they serve up a product I want, fine. I'll consider it. If they don't, then that's fine too. I can do everything I want either by keeping Win 7, or by Linux. I've bitten the bullet, done the learning curve and testing, and can survive, quite happily, as a zone entirely free of MS new products. There's a surprisingly good world out there without Windows at all.