Today Microsoft revealed that they will be hosting an event at Redmond to announce the next chapter of Windows 10 on January 21st, 2015. This event should reveal the Consumer Preview for Windows 10, and build on the changes already shown in the Technical Preview. The Technical Preview was very desktop focused, and did not include the announced features to enable a touch experience. Most likely the consumer preview of Windows 10 will include this, as well as other new features to continue to hone the user experience.

The event will be livestreamed and the Blogging Windows site will offer up information on the announced features. When Microsoft first announced Windows 10, they said that they would be having a consumer event upcoming in the early 2015, and more developer information at Build, so it’s good to see that this is on schedule still. It does appear that the final release for Windows 10 may be Fall 2015 according to Microsoft COO Kevin Turner.

Microsoft also sent out some news to the Windows Insiders letting them know about a few things that may be interesting. First, they have created an Insider Hub app for Windows 10 which is included in the latest build. The app will provide news and announcements regarding the Insider Program and some news may only be shared this way. It will also be a way to help with feedback on new features. People running the Windows 10 Technical Preview can simply pin this hub to their Start Menu to get access to the notifications.

They have also announced that a four hour webcast “Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros” is now available through the Microsoft Virtual Academy, so if you are thinking about possible Windows 10 deployments in the not too distant future, you can check it out here.

Finally, as part of the Internet of Things movement, Windows 10 will support devices with AllJoyn capability. As described by Microsoft Open Tech, “AllJoyn is an open source software framework and set of services to enable interoperability among connected devices to create dynamic proximal networks” and developers who wish to develop apps with AllJoyn capability for Windows 10 can download the SDK from the AllSeen Alliance.

Quite a few changes and additions to Windows came with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and you can read my initial thoughts here. What the build really is missing though are the consumer focused points. A lot of the initial talk was about deployment, user management, and data security. Quite a bit of the support for WinRT apps and touch was affected, and will likely make their way back in along with the Continuum capability to switch between keyboard/mouse and touch control.

Source: Blogging Windows

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  • Morawka - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - link

    bye bye money then
  • star-affinity - Monday, December 15, 2014 - link

    Or ”hello time”. Less fiddling with the operating system. It's worth some money I think.
  • kyuu - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - link

    What a bunch of nonsense. Metro/Touch was forced on very little on the desktop in Win8, and those few elements hardly impact usability. Win8's desktop was perfectly usable with mouse+kb. In fact, unless you're one of those that really missed the start menu, in most ways it was a definite improvement over Win7. I really just don't get these hysterics people throw over Metro, especially when it can largely be ignored on the desktop if you prefer.
  • Michael Bay - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - link

    It`s just a dumb apple shill.
  • MrSpadge - Monday, December 15, 2014 - link

    I whole-heartedly agree!
  • tolgerias - Monday, December 29, 2014 - link

    I too am getting tired of hearing these "MS forced touch UI on me" idiotic comments. It is one of those things that you hear over and over even though it is FUD and total BS. As if you couldn't use Windows without a touch screen.

    I use Windows 8.1 on my non-touch desktop machine and it boots directly to the desktop. The only time I see "metro" is when I hit the Windows key to search for something. It doesn't bother me or hinder me one bit. On the other hand, I appreciate the many improvements that went into 8.x over 7.x. The super-fast boot times, improved task management, etc.
  • Olaf van der Spek - Friday, December 12, 2014 - link

    Is the Control Panel **menu** back in Start Menu yet?
  • Flunk - Friday, December 19, 2014 - link

    Actually, yes. It doesn't seem to have as many items though and you have to turn it on in the taskbar properties menu.
  • Michael Bay - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - link

    Personally I`d like to hear something new about Windows Phone. Desktop 10 is going well, no surprises here, but they are suspiciously silent on mobile front.
  • kyuu - Saturday, December 13, 2014 - link

    Last I heard, Win10 for phones/ARM was on-track for release in the second half of 2015, which puts it right on schedule to coincide with the release of x86 Win10.

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