Windows alternatives

Windows 8 is a no-alternative operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, netbooks and tablet PCs. It features the Metro-style interface that is designed for touchscreen input similar to that in Windows Phone
Windows alternatives are:
Chrome OS, iOS, Android

Here are the latest news about Windows:

10.10.17 Microsoft discontinues Windows Phone

Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft,  admitted on Twitter that Microsoft isn’t working on any software or hardware update for its mobile operation system Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile). He even admitted that there’s no way to solve Microsoft’s app problems. Companies and indie developers simply don’t want to work on Windows Phone apps — most of them probably never cared in the first place. Microsoft is going to focus on mobile in different ways. The company has been working on mobile apps and some of them are quite successful. For instance, Microsoft Edge is coming to Android and iOS.

2017 Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone

Mobile OS Windows Phone fell into Microsoft's "end of support" category for software, which means there will be no updates to it of any kind, including security updates.  If you keep using an unsupported device, you'll be wide open to hackers, and that usually ends in all your content being locked until you pay a certain amount of Bitcoin to a certain address.  Microsoft technically hasn't given up on mobile; the company still supports Windows 10 Mobile, which is the successor to Windows Phone. The problem is only a minority of Windows Phone 8.1 phones are able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. But we haven't heard about an exciting Windows smartphone or a new set of features on the platform in years, and Microsoft definitely isn't talking much about it. In fact, at its annual Build conference in May, the company has talked more about iOS and Android than Windows 10 Mobile.

2016 Microsoft introduced subscription model for Windows 10

Microsoft announced Windows 10 Enterprise E3 - the subscription model that will be available through the Cloud Solution Provider program. Starting this fall, businesses can get enterprise-grade security and management capabilities at $7 a seat per month for the first time through the Cloud Solution Provider channel. CSP partners will be able to provide a subscription to Windows 10 Enterprise Edition as part of a managed service offering, which is ideal for businesses who do not have dedicated IT resources or limited IT staff, and want their licensing and IT needs managed by a trusted and experienced partner.

2015 Microsoft launches Windows 10

Microsoft is starting to roll out the new Windows 10, which will be free to all Win 7/8 users. Windows 10 combines the modern — an app store, Cortana, a new browser, and so forth — with a comfortable helping of the traditional, including, the return of the Start Menu. The inclusion of Cortana adds a new way to interact with your desktop computer into the mix. Edge is the future replacement of Internet Explorer, meaning that after several decades, Microsoft is trying to re-take over the Internet. The app store is better. The Start Menu is a refinement of the largely failed Start Screen. And the Continuum feture changes Windows 10 into a touch-friendly interface.

2015 Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10

Microsoft announced that Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be eligible for a free upgrade inside the first year of Windows 10. The free upgrade plan should allow Microsoft to lessen the current version fragmentation that Windows endures. Windows 10 is positioned as a service, instead of simply an operating system that a user installs. It means, that when you buy a Windows app, you can use it on desktop, tablet and phone and even more - these apps will sync data and settings. Windows 10 will have only one app store for all platforms, thus Microsoft wants to close app gaps that Windows Phone has. The new OS will contain a new browser Spartan, voice assistant Cortana and new touch-friendly Office apps. Security is also going to be a big feature of the new OS. Windows 10's new security features would have stopped a couple of the high-profile corporate hacking cases.

2014 Microsoft promises managed enterprise App Stores with Windows 10

2014 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - the tablet that can replace your laptop

2014 Don't Panic! Microsoft discontinues Windows XP

2014 Microsoft working on a free version of Windows

2014 Nokia unveils first Android-phone to lead users to Microsoft's cloud

2013 Windows Phone can be used as a presentation remote control

2013 2 new Microsoft Surfaces: cool and ugly

2013 Windows 8.1 available for Enterprise

2013 Windows survival plan: Start button, mobile Office, cheap computers

2012 Windows 8: magic, confusing. It's the End, it's the Key

2012 Microsoft changes logo to promote Windows 8

2012 Lenovo's new tablet is better than Microsoft Surface?

2012 Windows Phone 8 - back to the Pocket PC

2012 Microsoft unveils the iPad-killer - Microsoft Surface tablet

2012 Samsung Galaxy and iPhone call Windows Phone - the best smartphone

2012 5 Enterprise 2.0 forecasts for 2012

2011 Why Microsoft wants to kill netbooks?

2011 Microsoft created SkyDrive app for iPhone and Windows Phone

2011 HP will keep the PC business and produce Windows 8 tablets

2011 Nokia and Skype not in a hurry to bring videochat to Windows Phone

2011 Windows 8 released: there will be no Post-PC Era

2011 Nokia to replace Symbian with Windows Phone

2010 Windows Phone dissapointed business users