Have you been patiently waiting for more news of Microsoft’s Windows 9 operating system? Well, you are just out of luck as the company announced last night that Windows 9 will no longer see the light of day – Microsoft is jumping straight into Windows 10 instead!

During the surprise announcement, the big tech firm highlighted the updated user interface, the added security features and showed off some of its management capabilities. In addition to the previewing Windows 10, Microsoft announced its Windows Insider Program, which is a collaborative development effort to design an operating system that you want. If you opt into the program, you will receive a technical preview of Windows 10 as well as all subsequent updates.

“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft, in a press statement.

“This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”

There are a number of notable improvements and added features to the new operating system, but one that consumers will be most delighted about is the return of the Start button. The infamous button was removed from initial Windows 8 builds, much to the annoyance of early adopters.

Microsoft has also touted that Windows 10 will be used by almost all the platforms that Microsoft supports, including Windows Phone – and there was even mention of Xbox. Whether the current Xbox One dashboard will be replaced with Windows 10 is still to be announced.

“Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity.”

The Windows Insider Program is very similar to the current Xbox Preview Dashboard program, where enrolled Xbox gamers get console updates two weeks before anyone else, and who also have the facility to suggest tweaks, features and help test drive any new addition before it hits the mass market.

“Windows Insiders will be able to give feedback on early builds of the product throughout the development cycle. The program will include various ways for Windows Insiders to engage in a two-way dialogue with Microsoft, including a Windows Feedback app for sharing suggestions and issues,” Microsoft explained.

Have a look at the short video below from Windows VP Joe Belfiore, where he explains some feature: