In over 30 years, we’ve seen a variety of technological innovations from Microsoft, with various Windows releases, including, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and now… Windows 10.
On 30/9/14 Microsoft held a Windows Event in San Francisco, giving attendees a first look at their all new Operating System… Windows 10. Microsoft have said that the new release will be the last major Operating System update, with Microsoft moving towards developing more frequent updates that work more like a subscription service, much like Office 365.
Windows 10 has been dubbed the “one Operating System to rule them all”. It will be a system with one code base for each device, including devices that don’t even have screens but are part of the Internet of Things, a smart move, which will put them ahead of the competition.
Why Windows 10?
To ensure that the new OS is compatible with existing software and hardware, it’s been suggested that the traditional naming convention had to be bypassed, due to a small piece of code. As Nick Statt explain on Cnet.com, “… many software programs that have been updated to be compatible with each and every Windows upgrade since 1995 may have recycled a version of this code snippet to allow them to work with both Windows 95 and Windows 98. If Microsoft's next OS had been named Windows 9, such software would have seen that the name starts with "Windows 9" and could have confused the new operating system with Win 95 and 98.”
For some, Windows 10 will be a welcome new OS, with users able to put the failings of Windows 8 and 8.1 behind them. Windows 8.1 was in some ways before its time, but fell short, due to it rejecting some of the most loved and recognisable Windows features. The world of technology is still advancing, and until all devices are on the same level, this type of “one fits all” application cannot be seamless. This is why Windows 10 seems to be taking a step back, by re-adding and developing old features rather than stepping away from them completely.
Whereas Windows 8 focused on touchscreen functionality, without being tailored for specific devices, which was widely criticised for not being user friendly, Windows 10 will be different on your phone to your PC. Another new function, which is being called ‘Continuum’, streamlines the use of hybrid devices. If you plug a mouse or keyboard in to your device, you’ll be asked if you wish to exit tablet mode.
There are also added benefits to businesses, as they’ll have greater security and abilities that fuel their mobile workforce. Jim Alkove, who leads the Windows enterprise program management team, states that, “There are several reasons that business customers in particular should take notice of Windows 10. We have built so much of what businesses need right into the core of this product – including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features...”
For more features and benefits of Windows 10, check out this article by Ed Bott, on ZDNet.com. Alternatively, watch the Windows 10 preview video below:
Should you upgrade?
Just because there’s going to be a new Operating System available (expected in 2015), it doesn’t mean you have to upgrade. Many Windows users are still happily running on Windows 7, and for those on Windows 8, it has been suggested that Microsoft may offer a free upgrade to Windows 10.
According to the portal Netmarketshare, even after two years, Windows 8 and 8.1 only have a desktop OS market share of around 12%, whereas Windows XP has almost 24%, even though Microsoft stopped supporting the Operating System in April this year. This shows that it is not necessary to upgrade just because you can.
If you want to download the preview, visit Microsoft.com. Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise works on the same hardware that powers Windows 8.1. Once the new OS has been released, you can check if your hardware is compatible here.
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