Windows 10 ( An Introduction ).
Since its release in October 2012, Microsoft’s Windows 8 has been a real ‘Marmite’ of an operating system. Whilst some appreciated its speed and interface, a great many criticised its departure from the trusted desktop environment and its lack of a start button. Microsoft addressed many of these issues with the release of Windows 8.1 a year later, but for many the reputation of Windows 8 was already tarnished and a lot of users stuck with the solid and reliable Windows 7 OS.
So what’s next from the tech giant based in Redmond, California? Well the next release of their massively dominant desktop operating system – Windows 10 – is well on its way.
Wait you say, what happened to Windows 9? Well Microsoft haven’t given a definitive answer as to why 9 was skipped, but they did state that the new OS took such a “different approach” that it wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9. Many people have speculated that the Windows 10 name was used to distance the new platform from Windows 8, in the same way that Windows 7 replaced the ill thought of Vista.
So what can we expect from Windows 10?
Well firstly it should be noted that this is the first new operating system release which has been over seen by Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, who believes Microsoft need to refocus and innovate. What this translates to is Windows 10 will be another attempt to make an operating system that meets the needs of numerous modern devices, such as standard desktop PC’s, touch screens, tablets and phones. Heard that before? Well yes it was part of the remit for Windows 8, but this time Microsoft have listened to feedback and refined the approach to hopefully give a far slicker and more ‘intelligent’ system, which will switch to the most appropriate interface for the device it is running on.
As with the last couple of versions of Windows, Microsoft has allowed anyone to download the Technical Preview version of the software for testing purposes. This approach allows the tech giant to receive constant feedback from a huge cross section of their potential audience, which in turn allows them to ‘fine tune’ the software to users tastes.
Over the coming months we’ll be keeping a firm eye on Windows 10 and giving you updated information – but for now let’s have a brief look at some of the known features :
Universal approach – with not only the operating system, but also apps which will run across multiple platforms.
Integration of the operating system with the highly popular Xbox One games console. So the Xbox app will bring contacts, games records etc to the pc environment.
Microsoft’s popular and well thought of digital assistant, Cortana, will make it to the desktop world. This ultimately brings a powerful voice recognition facility to all Windows 10 devices.
Alongside Windows 10, Microsoft will ship a new modern web browser, currently codenamed “Project Spartan” (further influences from the popular Halo Xbox game). This will be the default web browser, with Internet Explorer being included for compatibility reasons.This will have a host of new features, including integration with the above mentioned Cortana.
DirectX 12 – a whole new graphics API which promises faster and more detailed graphics from any hardware that supports it. Microsoft have said that users of Windows 7 and 8 will should be able to perform an ‘upgrade’ as opposed to a full new install. For Windows 8 users, this will actually be delivered through the Windows update mechanism. Windows 7 will be a little more involved, but we are of course here to help.
A whole new and improved start menu (Hurrah!!) – with some highly customisable features designed to work with touchscreen or mouse users.
So there you have it, our initial look at Windows 10, which should be launching late this summer. We’ll be watching this one with much interest and will be reporting back with some more details and information as we find it. For now be rest assured that Microsoft will be pulling all the stops out to get this release right, and to address the negative feedback which Windows 8 rightly or wrongly received. Keep checking back for more new articles on Windows 10 in the near future.
Originally Posted on Pro Networks.