Windows 10, The Future of Windows
Today Microsoft has skipped Windows 9 and taken us into the future with a new Windows update dubbed Windows 10. Terry Myerson, Windows chief announced the new OS from Microsoft. In his keynote speech, he acknowledged that there’s about one and a half billion people using Windows today and also devices outnumber people. And with Windows being at a threshold the company felt it right to release a new Windows. He said:
Our new Windows must be built from the group up for a mobile-first cloud-first world. Windows10 will run on the broadest types of devices ever. We’re delivering one application platform. One Store, one way for applications to be discovered, purchased, and updated across all of these devices. Windows 10 will deliver the right experience…at the right time. Windows 10 will be our most comprehensive platform, ever.
Pitching Windows 10 at businesses
One of the most important customers for Windows is the enterprise. Enterprises need to evaluate Windows early, and the company has started their dialogue with them today. Windows 10 will be familiar for these companies. Big companies are expected to find all the tools they’re used to finding. Windows 10 will be compatible with all the traditional management systems used today. We’re getting into the enterprise side of things now.
Windows 10 enterprise customers will be able to customize the store. Windows 10 is a very novel approach of separating corporate and personal data across all devices. Microsoft is really pitching Windows 10 at businesses here. The company said that Windows 10 is going to be their greatest enterprise platform, ever.
Microsoft has borrowed Windows Phone UI design boss Joe Belfiore and in his keynote he said:
We’re looking to find the balance, so that all the Windows 7 users get a familiar experience on the devices they already have. Just as we saw before, there’s a me tile on the Start Menu, pinned apps and options to shutdown and restart.
We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius… and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla. They don’t have to learn any new way to drive. It gives the familiarity of Windows 7 with some of the elements of Windows 8.
Personalization, Search & Universal UI
Windows 10 will be all about is personalization. You can resize the tiles on the Start Menu. The search experience has also been improved here, with universal search from the Start Menu, and web results. In the Windows Store, Windows 7 users will be able to get the benefit of the new apps. As users start using these apps they should just feel familiar and work in a way you’d expect with a mouse and keyboard.
The traditional Windows 7 Snap View works in Windows 10 with classic and universal apps. In Windows 8 when users launched a modern app, it sort of had a different environment. Microsoft doesn’t want that duality, they want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar UI. So even the command prompt has been improved (looks the same though). You can now paste in directories into command prompt with ctrl+v. FINALLY.
In Windows 10, Microsoft wants to also empower novice users to get better at multitasking.”Task view” is the new button on the taskbar. “When you click task view it launches.” There’s multiple desktops at the bottom of the interface, and when you launch task view it shows all the apps that are currently open. You can switch between different desktops with multiple apps running in their own separate areas. There’s a new “Snap Assist” UI at the side where you can grab apps from multiple desktops. And we believe Power users will love this stuff. Microsoft believe this new feature will make people more productive
More touch friendliness
There has been an improvement in the Windows machines utilizing touch. The company has massive amount of users who know Windows 7 well, and Windows 8 users who know touch well. And so had to strike a balance and created something that works for both users. Before we forget, the Windows Charm bar is still here. But they promised to evolve Windows 10 touch UI, and probably change the Charms bar. Basically Microsoft is trying to keep some parts of Windows 8 alive here for touch users.In Windows 10, when you swipe in from the left, you get a task view. The task view is larger with buttons that are more touch friendly.
It seems like we’re going back to the Windows 7 touch days where parts of the UI are scaled up in those circumstances. That wasn’t that great back then, so it’ll be interesting to see if it will improve a lot in Windows 10.
With Windows 10, Microsoft’s approach also know as continuum,is a “two-in-ones to change modes”. So essentially this is a mode that switches based on touch and keyboard input. Microsoft wanted to be thoughtful about a UI that goes across all devices.
Shipping later in 2015
Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch their Windows Insider Program. They have also provided a technical Preview build for laptops and desktops. And will be willing to share more than they have ever before, and earlier than before. This way they believe will build a product that all their customers will love. They promised to have more details at the Build conference in April, and share more about Universal apps. Windows 10 shipping “later in the year” in 2015.