Microsoft has “firm intention” to bring its desktop operating system, Windows 10, to Macs and other mobile platforms, CEO Satya Nadella said at the company’s Build conference on Tuesday.
Nadella also said that Windows 10 is “on par” with other “modern computing platforms” like Android, iOS and Windows, and that it will not replace Apple’s Mac OS X, which it launched in 2005.
The new operating system is a departure from Microsoft’s “closed, closed” approach to operating systems and applications, Nadell said, pointing to the “open, open” approach it took with Windows 10.
Windows 10 will be the first of several versions of Windows, a software development kit, Nacell said.
Windows 10 will feature “some of the most powerful apps and experiences on the planet,” he said, and will include “a full suite of cloud services” and “everything you need to build a modern office.”
Nadell also said Microsoft will begin work on Windows 10 for desktop PCs and mobile devices.
The first versions of the operating system will be available for the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems, which have been on the market for nearly two decades.
Microsoft has “not seen anything quite like it,” said Chris Anderson, vice president of mobile at consultancy Ovum.
“The openness of the software will make it so that you can build apps that are more powerful and more accessible than you could ever have built before.
And it will open up all sorts of things to be done on the cloud, on the phone, on your television.”
Anderson said that the first Windows 10 release will be “a really small release,” with a few hundred of the first 100 devices to be released to the public.
He said that Microsoft will not make its Windows 10 SDK available for commercial use until “later in the year.”
“We are not going to have a huge release, but there will be a very small release of the Windows SDK,” Anderson said.
“We want to give you the best experience and the best platform, and the Windows platform is going to be there, in some form, for the foreseeable future.”
Anderson also said the Windows desktop will be released in “a few months.”
Microsoft is also working on a new version of its Office suite for Windows, but no details were provided on when that would be available.
Nacell also talked up the possibility of Windows 10 being able to run on a variety of different types of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Microsoft plans to have Windows 10 available on more than 150 mobile devices by the end of 2020, Nadesll said at Build.
The Windows 10 operating system runs on PCs and tablets that are running Windows 10 and are powered by Intel processors, he said.
Microsoft’s goal is to have all Windows devices running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 by the year 2020, he added.