Windows 10- What’s New?

I have written a post about how every alternate version of Microsoft’s poster boy – the Windows operating system, fails miserably. But this time, in a weird twist of fate or rather numbers, Microsoft decided to ditch Windows 9 and directly jump to Windows 10 (please leave numerology out of this).

The explanation that they give for this is that “since there is so much more that the next iteration has to offer, it would be appropriate to name it a complete 10”.

Version numbers doesn’t matter, does it? It’s always about what the OS has to offer in general that matters.

So let’s see what Windows 10 brings new to the table:-


Start Menu

It’s back. The most loved “Start” button is back at the corner where it belonged which when clicked (or touched) brings a shriveled up Windows 7 like Start menu that succeeds in merging the Windows 8 Start Screen with Windows 7’s Start menu.

It includes traditional Windows 7 desktop elements to the left while live tiles sit at the right-side of the menu. Finally, the menu can be resized to accommodate the entire screen.

Another change for the better has been made by improving Modern UI and its elements and making them work well together with the classic design or format of the desktop. This has been achieved by making both UI’s work well and co-exist together depending on whatever form of input the user is using, be it a mouse or a touchscreen.

This only shows the fact that Modern UI is here to stay, at least according to Microsoft, but this time they’ve worked on it to make things less confusing and more intuitive.


Touch based UI

Touch based UI elements do stay on as there are variety of touch-enabled PCs that can take advantage of the UI. But it seems like Microsoft has finally grasped the boundary between touch and click. According to the tweaks that is seen in Windows 10, Microsoft has addressed the issues that PC users had with Windows 8, where users were forced into using a desktop designed for mobile devices, by adding buttons for important actions such as task-switching, among others.

Although touch still plays a big part in Windows 10, it doesn’t hamper the functionality of regular or classic desktop apps. Not only that, touch based devices get the modern UI based Start Menu and apps by default, while Desktops or laptops without touch based interface options get the classic UI out of-the-box.

Just hope that Microsoft continues down this road because this is what we all have asked for time and time again.


Touch Gestures

Yeah sure, more touch gestures have been added, but not much has been said about getting Kinect like functionality for the PC. If Windows has to become an OS for everything digital, Microsoft will have to think of other ways of interacting with the PC and here is where Kinect can help for sure.

According to recent reports, Microsoft released a Kinect adapter for Windows 8 and 8.1 for $49 (or Rs`3,200) which allows the Kinect’s sensors to work with Windows by making use of USB 3.0.  Let’s hope to see the final build of Windows 10 to have it.


Task View

You know the ALT+TAB combo, right?  Windows 10 takes that a step further by using Task View. Now, pressing on the Win+TAB combo using the keyboard or clicking on the Task View button on the taskbar opens up a grid of virtual displays.

Users can add multiple desktops for multiple projects and swap between each of them for segregating projects using Task View. This is a boon for users with a single screen and will improve their productivity. A nice and surprising addition by Microsoft.

Windows 10 is the way Microsoft should have gone with Windows 8. Which essentially means that Microsoft didn’t need to unnecessarily change how users use the PC just for the sake of changing it which they did with Windows 8.

I can’t help but feel a little sorry as this has always been the case with Microsoft. They do create some wonderful things, but somehow miss out on the bigger picture. If the developers fix some of the major niggles with Windows 10 and add some features which the users have been demanding, (Cortana? ) they may have a winner on their hands.

Is this an OS we’re looking forward to?

We have to wait till late 2015 to know it.

Will it replace Windows 7?

Time will tell.

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