Windows 10: Return Of The Axed Start Button
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All you need to know about Windows 10 - Microsoft's new operating system which will launch next year.
Microsoft has unveiled its new operating system - Windows 10 - complete with the Start button menu it axed two years ago.

The new software was shown off at an event in Seattle, and will power Microsoft devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs.

:: What happened to Windows 9?

Microsoft's current operating system is called Windows 8, meaning Microsoft has passed on the expected name of Windows 9.

Microsoft executive Terry Myerson said the Windows 9 name "wouldn't be right" given Microsoft's attempts to consolidate all arms of the company under its One Microsoft strategy.

:: Did anyone predict Microsoft would jump straight to Windows 10?

Sort of. Tech website Infoworld reported the news last year - but as an April Fool's Day prank.

:: Why has the Start button returned?

The removal of the Start button - used to bring up a range of menus and dialogue boxes - was a controversial part of Windows 8.

As a result, some users found it difficult to navigate and businesses held off upgrading as a result.

:: What else is new?

The Start button returns along with the addition of a number of other features including multiple custom desktops, a revamped task view and floating desktop apps.

:: What kind of learning curve can I expect?

At the preview event, executive Joe Belfiore said: "We want Windows 7 users to feel like they upgraded from a Toyota Prius to a Tesla, but they don't need to learn a new way to drive."

:: How do I buy additional apps and software?

Windows has announced a universal store which will be used to purchase apps and software for all Microsoft devices.

:: What has happened to Microsoft's touchscreen philosophy?

Microsoft made a big deal at the release of Windows 8 about the importance of touch gestures across all devices. But the focus on that philosophy has now been ramped down.

:: When will it be released?

The release is scheduled for mid-2015, but further details have not yet been released.

:: What's the competition like?

Apple is currently putting the finishing touches to its OS X Yosemite edition which works on desktop and laptop devices.

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