A new version of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows 10 OS has been spotted. Windows 10 build 9888 was initially reported by AngelWZR, and spotted once again by ITHome.com (via Neowin). This build has a kernel version of 10.0, a significant jump from 6.4. Microsoft had been using the 6.0 kernel version since Windows Vista.

Windows 10 Kernel 10

 

Windows 10 consumer preview coming early next year

The big jump in kernel version suggests the overhaul of the underlying components of Windows 10. It will reportedly be the core for all products from Microsoft. The Redmond-based company has been working to consolidate its various platforms. It’s still unclear whether the jump in kernel number will cause any compatibility issues with legacy applications. Neowin says Microsoft is unlikely to announce this update anytime soon.

Windows 10

Earlier this month, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 9879, which brings some useful functionalities. It allows you to hide the Task View and Search buttons on the Taskbar. The technical preview is accessible via the software giant’s Windows Insider Program. Build 9879 is said to be the last build for this year. WinBeta has learned that the consumer preview of Windows 10 will be unveiled in January or February 2015.

Windows 10 has received 200,000 pieces of user feedback

The consumer version of Microsoft’s new OS is expected to bring a new Start screen and digital assistant Cortana. Microsoft claimed that its Windows 10 Technical Preview has received more than 200,000 user feedback. Meanwhile, the Satya Nadella-led company unveiled a new feature on Thursday that will put it squarely against Apple.

The company has introduced private app stores, which some call mobile application management. It will let IT professionals purchase apps in bulk from the app store, something the iPhone maker has been offering for years. IT departments will be able to make these apps accessible to individual employees through a username/password method called Active Directory.

Microsoft shares fell 0.88% to $48.27 at 11:52 AM EST on Friday. The stock has gained more than 29% this year so far.