Microsoft has this week confirmed what many people have suspected for a while and unveiled the successor to its much-maligned Windows 8 operating system (OS), with a new platform that promises to provide users with consistency across all devices – including phones and tablets – as well as return some of the familiar features missing from its last effort.
Surprisingly, it's decided to skip a generation entirely when it comes to naming the upcoming OS. While everyone assumed the followup to Windows 8 would naturally be called Windows 9, Microsoft apparently decided this was too obvious, so jumped right ahead to Windows 10.
Head of Windows Terry Myerson told a press conference "it wouldn't be right to call it Windows 9", given how the new platform will be the firm's most comprehensive solution ever.
Instead, some have suggested that calling it Windows 10 is part of an effort by the company to make a fresh start after previous mis-steps, as well as emphasise a shift in focus to devices such as mobiles. Indeed, Windows 10 promises to run across a wide range of platforms, including smartphones and tablets.
The firm said: "Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using and what they're doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity."
Whatever this translates to in reality, Microsoft will be hoping for a better reception than Windows 8 received. The addition of tools like Live Tiles, apps and a focus on touch screen were seen by many as an attempt to bring smartphone-style interfaces to the PC – something many desktop users weren't overly happy about.
Much of the Windows 10 announcement was focused on appeasing dissatisfied PC users – such as confirming the much-missed Start menu will be back – so there are few details yet as to how Windows 10 will be incorporated on tablets and smartphones. But with much more info to come out before the OS is launched next year, there's plenty of time for Microsoft to flesh out its plans for mobile.