Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 10 a few days ago. Skipping version 9, this update jumps ahead a generation bringing with it a couple of big changes to the current Windows 8 operating system.

Perhaps the most noticeable change is the return of the Windows start button that was removed during the transition from Windows vista to Windows 8 and its redesigned tile-interface.

Though the Start button is coming back, the live tiles don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Mousing over the Start button will display a menu much like the old one except with the addition of live tiles on the side. Microsoft explains that they still believe in the benefit of having a touch-friendly operating system.

Are the changes that Windows has made worth it? Maybe. People are creatures of habit. We tend to prefer what is familiar. That seems to be why the return of the Start button is such great news for so many people. In fact, 24% of Windows users are still on XP. Most of those users probably have no interest in upgrading.

Also, regarding the name jump, there are a few rumors circulating about why Windows chose to skip Windows 9. Some claim that the upgrade is a big one so they wanted the name to reflect that. Others say that “Windows 9” could potentially conflict with old codes that were programmed to recognize “Windows 9” as systems running Windows 95 and Windows 98. Perhaps Microsoft is taking an extra precaution to avoid the headaches early on.
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