Windows 10 will be shipping with NT Kernel version number 10.0
About two months ago, we learned that the final name of Windows 8.1 successor was Windows 10. Almost everyone who has been following the development of Windows 10 knows that’s currently kernel version 6.4, jumping from Windows 8.1 code as Windows 6.3. However, Windows 10 will complement the new NT kernel 10.0 when it launches in 2015, according to ITHome.
It is a very significant because the number represents “OneCore,” a momentous step forward by Microsoft in an attempt to unify their Windows codebase. In fact, the latest version of Technical Preview carries version 6.4 that all started with Windows Vista (6.0).
The “OneCore” is defined as a common ground for all operating systems of Windows 10 ecosystem. The Redmond developers have been busy in the development of Windows 10 as a unique platform tailored from desktops to large screens, from laptops to tablets and hybrids, from phones to the Internet of Things (IoT) and for consoles as well.
The reasoning behind the plunge is not very clear, but maybe such a large leap in numbers is due to revisions of core components required to build a common internals of Windows 10 ecosystem. However, the new kernel could pose problems for older desktop apps – like Windows Vista did – and developers may have to recompile them to optimize for a new platform.
If you are curious about the new kernel 10.0, you will have to wait until 2015 as Microsoft will not be releasing preview builds this year anymore. The most recent build is 9879, and it is available as standalone ISOs as well as one can update Windows 10 Technical Preview via Windows Update through “Fast” ring right now.
Windows 10 Consumer Preview is expected to go public in the first week of January 2015, so, hopefully, that will reflect this change.
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