Not too long ago Microsoft formally unveiled Windows 10, the next major release of its desktop operating system. The company did release a Windows 10 Technical Preview and while no further new builds will be released for that, it looks like Microsoft has sped up development on the first consumer preview release. A new report claims that Windows 10 consumer preview will be released in early 2015.

A report from WinBeta claims that the Windows 10 consumer preview will be released early next year. As for the features that will be included in the preview it is expected that Cortana integration, the new Start screen, Continumm and more will make an appearance. Continuum is a new user interface switching mode in Windows 10 which lets users switch the UI from desktop to tablet.

Cortana integration into Windows is something many are looking forward to. Regarding this the report claims that it is currently running in the internal builds being tested at Microsoft but it can’t be said for sure when Cortana will be included in the public builds. Which is why it is presumed that the first consumer preview release might bring it.

Other changes expected to make their way into the release early next year include improvements to notification center, Live Tiles on the desktop and perhaps tweaks to the entire user interface. Microsoft has not commented on this report and its plans regarding the consumer preview are as yet unclear.

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