Three versions, Desktop, Tablet & Mobile. (x86 & ARM)
New browser built from the ground up to replace I.E (codenamed spartan)
Xbox on the desktop (not sure if it’s just for smartglass or to run xbone games since it’s x86 with dx12)
DirectX 12 (also coming for windows 8 & 8.1)
Expanded start menu
Cortana! Whoo hoooo!
Apps now run in a window vs windows 8.1 where they were full screen
Improvements to the snap functionality
Charms bar is gone
- Notification centre
New shortcut keys:
Snapping window: WIN + LEFT or RIGHT (can be used with UP or DOWN to get into quadrants)
Switch to recent window: ALT + TAB (unchanged) – Hold shows new Task view window view, let go and switches to app.
Task view: WIN + TAB – New Task view opens up and stays open.
Create new virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + D
Close current virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + F4
Switch virtual desktop: WIN + CTRL + LEFT or RIGHT
- possible support for android apps (unconfirmed)
- possible office 365 free version - internet connection required (unconfirmed) - google docs?
And the biggest news for everyone:
- Free upgrade for Windows 8.1 users & a small fee for windows 7 users
The big reveal is on the 21st of January 2015 of which we are likely to see a consumer preview version.