Updated from May 26 to add Windows 10 release date in the fourth paragraph.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft (MSFT) is hard at work trying to put travesty called Windows 8 behind it with Windows 10. But with more people using iOS and Android, will Microsoft's attempts be enough to attract people back to what had been the company's -- and the computing industry's -- dominant platform?
We have been testing recent betas of the new operating system and, so far, like what we see.
As we edge closer to its formal release date updates are being offered at a faster pace -- at least for the PC edition. Our Surface Pro 3 test platform is currently running Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Evaluation Copy 10074 released a month ago.
UPDATE: Microsoft announced Monday that it set the release date for Windows 10 for July 29, releasing the software in 190 countries.
We shouldn't call the new OS retro, but Windows fans will be pleased to know the famous Windows "Start" button in the lower left corner of the screen is back, doing for the most part what you'd expect it to do -- offerings quick links to File Explorer, Documents, Settings, your top eight most used programs and more.
In addition, the new Start offers all of your multi-colored, "Live Tiles" that the company used to offer as its opening home screen when it first introduced Windows 8. Windows 10 opens to the much more familiar home screen that Microsoft pioneered in Windows 95, Windows 98, Vista and Windows 7.
The other major navigational change is that sliding open the panel on the right side of the screen now presents "Notifications" displaying Security and Maintenance messages. There is also a set of buttons which offer quick links to access functions such as Settings, Airplane Mode, Battery Saver, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Screen Brightness and more. Windows 8 users know all too well that these settings were a lot more difficult to find in the last OS.