Astute viewers may have noticed that Crackdown 3 was not shown at Microsoft’s press conference earlier today. And there’s good reason. Developer Reagent Games has announced that Crackdown 3 will not be coming out until sometime in 2017. No reason for the delay was given, however they did confirm that it will be available on Xbox One AND Windows 10, much like the rest of Microsoft’s future releases.
Oh boy, a new Microsoft Windows operating system is on the horizon.
The new operating system, Windows 10, was announced today in a Microsoft blog post by Terry Mysterson, the company’s executive vice president of operating systems. In the post, Terry recognizes that Windows is at a “threshold” and that it’s “time for a new Windows.”
This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.
That isn’t to say the new OS is designed entirely around touch devices, as it seems the intent of 10 is to create a single platform that all Windows devices can operate on. As Terry puts it, “We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all – we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.”
There’s a hot Lord of the Rings reference for you there, nerds.
Basically, 10 is designed with both traditional and touch navigation in mind. 10 also includes a start bar right from the get-go, so already it looks better than Windows 8.
The Windows Insider Program was announced as well, which allows “PC experts and IT Pros” early access to technical previews of Windows Server and management tools. This will give ~experts~ the ability to follow development and provide feedback. They will also receive early builds to goof around with.
You can read Microsoft’s blog post in its entirety here.