windowsphoneui-0Microsoft launched a new operating system last week which will offer a unified and consistent OS across all platforms including laptops, tablets, smartphones and also the Xbox (by the way, if you were wondering what happened to Windows 9, Microsoft jumped straight from Windows 8 to 10 missing out a version 9.) Here's the lowdown on what you can expect from Windows latest operating system.

The new Windows 10 operating system was announced back in September last year and this month Microsoft have announced further details at the launch, however we don't have a release date for Windows 10 as yet, it's expected to be available later this year.

Essentially Windows 10 is a complete revamp of the Windows operating system. Anyone currently using Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 can upgrade to Windows 10 directly once it's ready for use.

A key feature of Windows 10 will be specially designed versions of some of Windows most well known and loved apps such as MS Office, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. All of which will be formatted to be compatible with touchscreens of various sizes and will be synched and accessible across all devices. Skype is also fully integrated on Windows 10 which can be used for calls as well as instant messaging.

Microsoft will also be introducing a second browser with Windows 10 (codenamed Spartan) which will include some new functions which include offline reading, Cortana recommendations gathered from previous searches and webpage sharing.

One of the exciting new features of Windows 10 is the hologram system and headset called Windows Holographic and Microsoft Hololens which will facilitate holographic computing and 3D printing.

Also available for all devices running Windows 10 will be Microsoft's virtual PA, Cortana which can be used on laptops and desktops as well as mobile devices. Cortana has also been improved and can search for functions on your PC enabling quicker access to files and photos for example.

We'll bring you more news on Windows 10 over the coming months, keep an eye on our blog for the latest developments.