Microsoft is readying to pull back the curtain even further on its next version of the Windows operating system.
The Redmond, Wash., software titan plans to hold a second event on January 21 to talk about Windows 10. The event, titled "Windows 10: The next chapter," is expected to focus more on the consumer experience, according to a person familiar with the company's plans. The unveiling ofin September was focused more on business applications and experiences.
Windows 10 represents a potential spark for Microsoft after the tepid reaction garnered by Windows 8, which was the first to introduce the Live Tile system that deviated from the traditional desktop experience. While a bold move by the company, it alienated people who were used to the classic Windows user interface. The new OS is expected to bring back some familiar elements while still pushing the software into new ground.
Windows 10 promises to bring back old favorites like the Start button and Recycle Bin, as well as boot up directly into desktop mode. At the same time, the new operating system will be more tightly integrated into Microsoft's mobile operating system, the Windows Phone platform.
Microsoft surprisingly opted to skip a number with Windows 10, omitting version 9, prompting.
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