Yesterday, Microsoft announced its latest iteration to the famous operating system, named Windows 10. It’s quite an interesting take on the future of the software giant because it packs a few adjustments and tweaks that are modeled at creating a fresh and livened up Windows experience.
Windows 7 ‘eight’ 9, so here’s 10
The first thing you’d realize is that Microsoft skipped a number in the naming. I’m still not sure why they did this but it feels like they just want to keep an even numbering to the OS (or it could just be an excuse to create puns).
With Windows 8, Microsoft was looking to bring Windows to a more touch friendly interface and it didn’t quite bode well with mouse controls and other less touch friendly UIs. This is all set to change with Windows 10.
The features also make for an interesting twist with Windows 10’s new approach. For instance, with 10, Microsoft has brought back much of what defined windows 7 (or XP), the Start button.
Yes, the Start button has been reincarnated. It made its way to Windows 10, tweaked to include customisable live tiles and a list of the apps installed on your computer. It does make it feel like Windows 7 and 8 came together to make a baby and called it Windows 10.
This way, long time users who chose to jump ship to other platforms since the wake of Windows 8 can now turn a few heads – at least Microsoft hopes so.
This is not to say Microsoft focused only on merging old features together, the biggest push was to bring Windows to all form factors and different screen sizes. This is going under the mantra “One product family. One platform. One store,” a far cry from the dreaded fragmentation that was beginning to haunt the platform.
There’s a new contextual response that can be tailored to respond to your hardware. Say if you’re using a computer and you plug in a keyboard the UI will switch from the touch version of the OS to a mouse friendly UI. This includes a new “Snap Assist” UI that allows users to painlessly use multiple desktops simultaneously by grabbing apps and moving them around.
Microsoft has also made a few touches to command line, so if you’re a Game of Thrones aficionado you may enjoy playing around with it (George RR. Martins wrote all the seasons on a DOS machine, old school style)
Tech pundits and journalists across the field have been having the time to share their thoughts on the new release;
Microsoft translated: What we really realized was Windows XP was the best.
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) September 30, 2014
By making a seamless experience across all platforms, Microsoft looks to bring a sharp focus on the enterprise and consumers alike. This hits home with the recent talks with the government on “simplifying and standardising systems”.
I really liked this new, somewhat nostalgic Windows. It does strike a soft balance between utilitarian and nice looks that has a lighter learning curve than the previous OS.
A Windows Insider Program is running today and public roll out is due mid-2015
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