By now you have probably already heard about Microsoft’s next version of Windows – Windows 10. Microsoft has deemed the slogan” One product family One platform, and One Store” as the anthem to their next generation OS. This unified approach is what Microsoft is looking for in Windows 10, a platform that can cater to the “Internet of Things” just as much as it can to the enterprise.
While this news is nice, the biggest buzz seems to be around the products name. Believe it or not, there are actually some new things (and old) that Windows 10 brings us. Let’s take a look.
Out with the new in with old
Yes, its back that Start menu that we all enjoyed so much, but this time its better. Now when you click on the Start menu you aren’t surprised with a bunch of tiles, instead you get a nice blend of the Windows 7 Start menu as well as some features from that dreaded Windows 8 Start menu.
The Start menu is now customizable, so you can use your mouse to drag and expand the menu to your liking and then add whatever you want to the menu. Folders and apps can be pinned to the menu as well, these are some features that I am sure many will enjoy.
Finally, we don’t have to go looking for that power button anymore as Microsoft has conveniently added it to the top of the Start menu. It’s the little things in life that make us happy.
More windows for Windows
In Windows 10 everything has its own window this includes apps as well. Gone are the days of apps taking over your entire desktop, leaving you trying to find your way out. Each app has its own menu built into its running window so that you have some granular control over it. You can also have up to four apps “snapped” on the same screen and Microsoft has tweaked the OS so that it will make “smart suggestions” filling up open screen space with other applications that are open.
Perhaps one of the best new features of the Windows 10 is the new task-view button. This is where things get interesting. You see, Windows 10 finally has the option to create multiple desktops. I say finally because operating systems like Linux have had this ability for years now and its such a joy to work with. Now you can work on several “virtual” desktops, which is perfect for today’s multitask computer user.
A more intuitive Command Prompt
While the majority of the new features in Windows 10 cater to UI, Microsoft did show some love to its ageing CLI. Users will now notice (at least in the TP version) a new tab within the Command Prompt properties called “Experimental”. Here most options are checked off by default and allow for a much more fluid command line experience.
These options provide the ability for keyboard selection and editing, dynamic resizing, word wrap, and a few other nifty perks like the ability to filter clipboard contents on paste – which tidy’s up text pasted into the command prompt. One more nifty feature added to the Command Prompt is the ability to wrap text out on resize. Those that work extensively with the Command Prompt are far too familiar with Windows current inability to dynamically adjust text to a resized Command Prompt window. The wrap text output on resize fixes that.
So who is Windows 10 for?
The main theme Microsoft seems to be pushing with Windows 10, is getting back to its business roots. The company wants Windows 10 to be better than Windows 8, especially in how business users interact with it. While the cute Metro tiles and flashy Start screen might work with casual consumers, it doesn’t work for a business user. It seems as though Microsoft has finally realized that with Windows 10; and recognized who their power customer base is, the business user.
Windows 10 so far
This is what we know about Windows 10 so far, but this is likely to change very quickly over the next weeks, and months leading to its final release. The new OS looks promising and refreshing in many ways, sometimes a company just needs to go back to what works instead of trying to deliver what they think works. Balancing the consumer and business ends of a product is always challenging, only time will tell how the public responds to Windows 10, but I have a felling its going to be good.