This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10.
The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them.
Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider Program that will give users who are comfortable with running very early beta software access to Windows 10. This first preview will be available for laptops and desktops. A build for servers will follow later. Microsoft says it is opening up this beta process to get more feedback from more users early on, but also noted that this will be a learning experience for the company and that some experiments users will get in new builds may not make it into the final version.
The company went on to detail that its new operating system will have a tailored user experience between different screen sizes — that’s to say that if you are on a smaller device, you will see a different sort of user interface. The code will run across all device categories: “One product family. One platform. One store.”
Microsoft is currently riffing on the following: Enterprise value, device management, the ability to customize the store to the device you are on, and a way to protect data. Or, to put it more precisely, there will be the ability of the enterprise to manage their devices, and “customize” their application store, and so forth.
Put more bluntly, the company is going for the enterprise crown.
As expected, the company is bringing back a few features of Windows 7, too, including a redesigned start menu that combines the basic Windows 7 menu with the (resizable) tiles of the Windows 8 start screen. Windows 8 Metro apps can now also open in a windowed mode on the desktop, so you aren’t taking into the full-screen mode by default and you can use a “modern” Windows 8 side by side with a standard Windows desktop app.
Windows 10 will also allow users to work with multiple desktops. Thanks to Microsoft’s new “Snap Assist” UI, the company is making it easier for these power users who need these multiple desktops to grab apps from multiple desktops and move them around.
While Microsoft focused mostly on the regular mouse and keyboard combo for interacting with the operating system, the company stressed that it is not giving up on touch. Windows 10 will still have a Windows 8 like Start Screen for users on touch-enabled machines, for example.
Some of the gestures will change a bit in Windows 10 (swiping in from the left now gets you a task view, for example), but the overall feature set seems to be very similar to that in Windows 8 and even the Windows 8 Charms bar is still available.
Patrick Mahony investigate on another suspected hack. Apple Inc.’s iCloud is under brute attack, as another batch of nude photos of female celebrities were posted online amid fixes being employed to restore users’ confidence on the system.
“A trove of naked photos and video content stolen from the stars appeared on the 4Chan chatroom site over the weekend. Questions about how the hackers got hold of the celebs’ accounts began to center around a possible flaw in Apple’s iCloud and Find My iPhone,” Kelly Jackson Higgins reported for Dark Reading on Sept. 2.
The latest victims of the iCloud cyber bullies include singer Rihanna, model Gabrielle Union, reality starlet Kim Kardashian, actress Vanessa Hudgens and US ladies soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
E! Online also reported that nude photos of Kate Borsworth, Hayden Panattiere, Avril Lavigne, Leelee Sobieski and Meagan Good were showing in Reddit.
Following the massive iCloud hack that exposed intimate images of Jennifer Lawrence and many other female celebrities, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook promised to bolster iCloud security.
“When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece,” Cook said. “I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing.”
However, Apple’s patriarch does not want to believe that this incident was a picture of substantial security vulnerability, and instead mentioned “phishing”.
“They were phished,” Cook said in another interview with Wall Street Journal.
“My understanding is it wasn’t a breach there, either, of the infrastructure. It was a phishing expedition. There are lots of bad people that do this,” he added.
In the wake of iCloud breaches is the buzz-worthy launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.