Windows 10, it may be the latest, but is it the greatest?
In early October Microsoft released a preview version of its new operating system, Windows 10. The first question on most people’s minds is ‘what happened to Windows 9?’
The general consensus seems to be that 9 is too close to 8 (or 8.1)! This appears to be nothing more than Microsoft attempting to distance itself from the less than stellar Windows 8 and 8.1.
Leaving Windows 8, 8.1 and the absent Windows 9 behind, let’s take a look at three key features of the Windows 10 preview version.
The single biggest point of joy for most users is the resurrection of the Start menu. While still providing most of the functionality of the tile screen seen in 8.1, the start menu, as seen below, is back to a more traditional view. A handy new feature is that it can be dynamically resized to suit the screen size of the device you’re using.
The Start Menu Returns in Windows 10
Another feature of this new version is the ability to run Windows Store app’s in windows, rather than forcing them to full screen. Anyone who used Windows 8.1 knows the battle and frustration of switching between the full screen apps and your desktop apps! This change is a major step forward in allowing traditional Windows users to consume app’s purchased straight from the Windows Store.
The final feature worth a mention is the ‘virtual desktop’ function, aka ‘Task View’. Users will be very pleased this has finally arrived in Windows; Apple users have enjoyed this type of functionality for some time. With Task View, each desktop can have different applications open, and switching between the desktops is made easy with a button on the taskbar. This is a fantastic feature for those of us who regularly run a multitude of applications at one time. It undoubtedly makes the desktop more functional for both work and play.
Will Windows 10 turn around the naysayers following the release of Windows 8 and 8.1? It may be too early to make that call, and we’ll certainly know more once the full version is made public, but even with a return to more traditional functionality, i.e. the Start Menu, it certainly looks like a positive step forward for Microsoft.
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