Microsoft yesterday announced Windows 10; the next release of it’s operating system. Many anticipated that the new OS will be called “Windows 9” after the current Windows 8 but Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive VP of Operating system is quoted saying that; “Windows is at a Threshold and now it’s time for a new Windows, It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.”
Terry also said that Windows is currently used by 1.5 billion people globally. Going by these statistics, Microsoft definitely had to rethink how Windows works especially after the unending challenges they faced with Windows 8 and 8.1. It’s this rethinking that has seen Windows finally making a unified OS that they promise to work seamlessly across all devices.
Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all – we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.
Here’s what we know now about Windows 10 so far
Start Button is back and more functional this time
After numerous complaints around the world because Windows 8 had no start button, Microsoft decided to bring it back. The start button is not only staying. It has been tweaked enabling better customization. it comes with live tiles that you can resize and you can also search the web without opening the browser just from the start menu.
Better Multitasking and General User Experience
Linux based operating systems like Ubuntu and Mac OS have had multiple works screens/desktops for a while and this is just coming to Windows now but its still awesome. The “Snap enhancement” feature and a dedicated task button have also been added for quick switching between apps for better the multi tasking experience.
You can now even find files faster with File Explorer that now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier. “Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around”
Windows 10 targeting Enterprise
Microsoft’s knows who it’s biggest clients are and this time, it wants to make sure that their needs are met. Between now and release time, Microsoft will be taking a lot of feedback to make sure the product is what they say it is.
“Today we begin the process of sharing our plans with enterprise customers. We are doing this earlier than we’ve done in the past, because it’s important that our business customers have insight into our product vision. Their insight and feedback is critical as we build products to best meet their needs.”
They have listed how they are building Windows 10 together with their clients. As of today they are signing up people for the Windows Inside program that will give access to a preview of Windows 10. This is meant to help them gather as much user feedback as possible before Windows 10 is finally released.
Since XP that is no longer being supported, the only Windows OS I have used is Windows 7 and I am not alone as written in this post. I was neither impressed by Windows 8 or 8.1 but microsoft is taking a new approach with Windows 10 and I am liking it. Only time will tell If Wndows 10 will live to the hype.
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