After several months of speculation, Microsoft (MSFT) has finally pulled off the strings to reveal some of the basic features of its new operating system yet to be launched. This OS development may have followed suit after the failure of Windows 8 to entice customers as it had several flaws linked to it. The name of the new OS comes as a surprise- it's to be named as Windows 10instead of Windows 9. While analysts were expecting Microsoft to develop a concrete system after the criticism it faced with Windows 8, there were certain surprises that were unveiled when the company gave the world its first official look of the next upcoming version of Windows on September 30. Let's examine how the reinvented Windows actually tries to combine the best of both worlds and holds appeal in the tech market.
Sure appeal to office workers and the corporate community…
While Microsoft 8 was seriously rejected by the corporate managers, as it was difficult to understand its operation, this time the company has decided to appeal to the office-going crowd by incorporating familiar elements and hiding features that would not be applicable. The new Start menu is a primary example explaining the refinement in features apparent in Windows 10.
While a lot might actually change between now and the final release of Windows 10, the preview indicates a two-column Start menu with old-style icons for pinned or recent programs on the left, and live tiles on the right displaying updates and information. The tiles will be customizable, though at their smallest size they stand comparable to pinned shortcuts.
On the management side, the new operating system offers higher security, easier manageability, and improved capabilities for managing today's security threats. The methods of installation and dealing with volume licenses have been made easier, making the up-gradation process simpler. There is still a huge base of Windows XP machines in office environment, but the company's new features might tempt managers to finally decide for an upgrade to Windows 10.
Scaling from smartphones to giant data centers
This renewed OS will be applicable to future versions of Windows phone as well as Windows on tablets, desktop PCs and hybrid portable devices. The same experience can be carried forward to Microsoft's Xbox One console and potentially other devices.
Users will be able to view an interface that matches their device type, screen size and input methods. For example, the full screen Start UI might not necessarily be a part of the desktop usage experience, but will appear for first touch-tablet users. There would be flexibility offered to users to switch between two modes, especially if they use tablets with detachable or foldable keyboards.
Modern apps and virtual desktops
Desktop users will be able to use modern apps on their screen by downloading from the Windows store. They will be resizable and can be pinned to the taskbar. Also virtual desktops which remain a niche feature on Windows could be present. There would be a new taskbar that will allow the user to view all the running apps and arrange them between desktops.
With Windows 10, a user can quickly tile four apps at one go on the desktop, just as dragging them to the corners of the screen. This is an added attraction to desktop users having large monitors.
Much more to find out
If someone is interested in Windows 10, they can download the preview version which is expected to expire by April next year, when Microsoft would release the consumer preview of Windows 10. Though the company has posted instruction to help users getting accustomed to this new version, users might find the consumer version providing better understanding. So, it's more of a wait and watch exercise at this moment for Windows 10 until the final release in the upcoming year.