Microsoft appear to have taken their customer feedback concerning Windows 8 seriously, and has responded by trying to pretend that the OS never existed.
In a bid to erase not only history but that small bit of future that serves to connect us to history, Microsoft have announced the new Windows 10 operating system as a direct follow-up to the OS-that-must-not-be-named. It’s as if Microsoft believe the mere existence of Windows 8 has tainted the entire range of numbers from 1 to 9, and, in order to distance themselves thoroughly enough, must adopt a new series of integers to effect a symbolic tabula rasa, eradicating the shame Window 8 has brought upon House Microsoft of Redmond.
They are correct.
Windows 10 is intended to be an amalgam of Windows 7 and Windows 8’s best features with an emphasis on intuitive UI. It’s early days yet and details are sparse, but the initial plans for Windows 10 promise the reintroduction of the Start menu, the absence of which is probably the number one (or 11) issue users have with Windows 8. Listen as the collective exhalation of relief from Windows users rushes through the country like an angry, wasp-infested tornado of Windows 8-loathing.
As Windows 10 is also going to be designed for multi-platform use, we’re not expecting that the new OS will be a leaps-and-bounds improvement over that other OS we’re supposed to pretend never existed. But the Start menu is… well, a good start.