OK, so at first we thought it might be “Win 9” but the TP name is now known to be “Windows 10”.
Why 10? Well speculation continues, but the most logical explanation put forward (which in the InterWeb of things means it must be totally Photo shopped) is that some software coding looks for Win 95/98 versions with a wildcard routine…so Windows 9 might trip it and muck things up worse.
- cranbourne comments on New Windows Version will be called Windows 10 - Reddit
- Whatever Happened To Windows 9? - Geeks are Sexy Technology News
So there you go.
Also for the tinfoil hat wearers out there, be aware that the Windows 10 TP version EULA from Microsoft contains some strong usage/behavior monitoring should you decide to download, install, and accept the privilege of running it.
Windows 10 TP “Privacy Statements” PSA
Windows 10 Technical Preview: Data protection declaration allows Microsoft to collect almost any data (GTranslated) - Caschys Blog.
Want to read it for yourself directly from Microsoft?
- Before you install Windows Technical Preview - Microsoft Windows
Also, if your PC runs into problems, Microsoft will likely examine your system files. If the privacy of your system files is a concern, consider using a different PC. For more info, read our privacy statement.
- Privacy Statements for Windows Technical Preview - Microsoft Windows. Quoting a portion from that link:
Data We Collect
Microsoft collects many kinds of information in a variety of ways in order to operate effectively and provide you the best products, services and experiences we can. We may combine this data with information that is linked to your user ID, such as information contained in your Microsoft account.
When you acquire, install and use the Program, Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage. For example, when you:
install the Program, we may collect information about your device and applications and use it for purposes such as determining or improving compatibility,
use voice input features like speech-to-text, we may collect voice information and use it for purposes such as improving speech processing,
open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use it for purposes such as improving performance, or
enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features.
The Program contains internet-enabled features and social functionality. When these features are used, they transmit certain standard computer information ("Standard Computer Data") to Microsoft. Standard Computer Data may include information about the Program computing environment such as IP address, network status, operating conditions and information about devices and software used with the Program.
So, use caution and contemplation before deploying it in a production network/environment with live user-data/files.
Of course, to Microsoft’s favor, that should be part of the “benefit” we get for first-access to their product so they can monitor and improve it for everyone.
Just something to keep in mind.
Moving on…to the Win 10 TP general linkage
- Download Windows Technical Preview ISO - Microsoft Windows
- Windows 9 becomes Windows 10, Start Menu returns [Updated] - TechBlog
- Windows 9 Leaked Screens Revealing Known Unknowns - Make Use Of blog
- Windows 9 download link leaks ahead of Technical Preview launch - BetaNews
- Microsoft Windows TH: page for the Technical Preview accidentally briefly on the Net - (GTranslated) - Caschys blog
- Windows 10 technical preview is now available - TechBlog
- Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available via the Windows Insider Program - bleeping computer
- What's New In Windows 10? We Cover 10 Features With Screenshots - AddictiveTips
- Windows 10 screenshots - 4sysops
- Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10 - Lifehacker
- Windows 10 revealed. Microsoft announces successor to Windows 8 - bleeping computer
- The New Windows is Called Windows 10 - Next of Windows
- Windows 10 Technical Preview - TinyApps blog
Installation Options for Win 10 TP
- How to Install the Windows 10 Technical Preview Right Now - Lifehacker
- Native VHD Boot to Windows 10 Technical Preview Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Next of Windows
- Install Windows 10 in Parallels (GTranslated) - Caschys blog
- Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO on Parallels 9 - chentiangemalc
- How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on Oracle VirtualBox - BetaNews
Command Prompt feature adds in Win 10 TP
- Windows 10 gets a fresh command prompt and lots of hotkeys - Scott Hanselman
- Windows 10 command prompt finally gets dragged into the 21st century - Ars Technica
- Windows 10: Command Prompt's experimental new features are genuinely useful - BetaNews
- New experimental console features in Windows "Threshold" - Rafael Rivera’s blog
Even Deeper Technical Features of Win 10 TP
- Internet Explorer and the Windows 10 Technical Preview - IEBlog
- Windows 10 Technical Preview–New PowerShell CmdLets - chentiangemalc
- Windows 10–Active Memory Dump - chentiangemalc
- Windows 10–16 bit apps - chentiangemalc
- What’s New In Windows 10 Group Policy - chentiangemalc
Start Menu and Related Features of Win 10 TP
- Windows 10 beta now available to download—time to test the new Start menu - Ars Technica
- Hands-on with the Windows 10 Start menu—as big or as small as you want it - Ars Technica
- Windows 10 in pictures: A new Start menu puts focus back on the desktop - Ars Technica
- Change to Windows 10 Start screen from Start menu - 4sysops
- Kill the Start menu and get the Start screen back in Windows 10 - BetaNews
- 10 Windows: Enable Modern UI (GTranslated) - Caschys blog
I’ve not yet enrolled in the “Insider” program and downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview bits yet, but will probably do so and run in a tightly locked down virtualized environment.
However, if the primary feature sets revolve around the Start Menu and don’t deliver some killer kernel-level and OS enhancements, I’m probably not moving off Windows 7 anytime soon after it’s release. Lavie will probably want it on her Win 8.1 system though…
And so the great Windows OS experiment continues…