Operating systems are historically the best thing since sliced bread or a complete flop, Windows 8 would be a good example of the latter. If you are a bit concerned about what Microsoft is generating this time, you are not alone. Even with the 8.1 update, Microsoft Windows 8 still fell short of users expectations.
This week Microsoft released its very early technical preview of Windows 10 and, thankfully, it looks like they have listened to their customers and plan to provide a sleeker, more user-friendly operating system in 2015.
Important Note:
Windows 10 has been released as a technical preview, which means the final product could be quite different from the current configuration. Microsoft has made plenty of promises for this software but preview barely scratches the surface. If you are planning to download a technical preview, keep in mind it is buggy, which means you may not want to install on your main PC.
Start Menu
Ah, the start menu! How many first time users of Windows 8 were utterly frustrated by the loss of this simple yet important feature? Windows 10 will bring the best of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 together to provide a start menu that is familiar yet offers the colorful live tile selections from 8. You will also be able to customize your start menu, which includes resizing options as well as movability. Microsoft has gone a long way to bring together features that are useful for touch, mouse and keyboard users so that no one feels left out.
If you had to choose one catch phrase for Microsoft Windows 10, it would be productivity. A key component for productivity is the addition of virtual desktops to the Windows platform. This feature has been available to Mac and Linux users for quite some time, but Windows 10 marks the first time it has been available with Microsoft software. Creating and switching between multiple desktops is very user friendly and for power users, this could be a very important feature.
One key productivity feature that has not been unlocked in the technical preview is the containerization of corporate data and user data. This is due in part to a delay in the release of systems management tools necessary to utilize this function. The tools should be available in early 2015, so hopefully the Beta release will include them.
Using Virtual Desktop:
• Click Task View on taskbar
• Click Plus sign (you can create several)
• Move between desktops- click task view and hover thumbnail
• Shortcut- press Ctrl + Win and tap right or left key
• Move apps between Windows- right click select move to
Multiple Devices
Universal apps are the answer to the question of running applications across differing types of devices such as laptop, phones, video game consoles and tablets. One problem with successfully pulling this off is the use of said apps across the different devices, people may want to access the same app on their laptop and phone, but they will very likely wish to utilize them differently. You also have issues with screen sizes, resolution, aspect ratios and much more. So far, developers are keeping the details of how Universal Apps will evolve close to the vest.
Microsoft Future
Technology is a competitive space and though laptops and PCs are still doing the lion’s share of the work, tablets and smart phones are coming on strong. In order to remain competitive, Microsoft Windows in 2015 is going to have to deliver on these promises and much more. What will the finished Windows 10 offer? The jury is still out but the initial preview is very promising for both casual and corporate users.