The much anticipated release of Windows 10 is right around the corner. Microsoft will be unveiling its latest software product upgrade in the upcoming weeks as reported by numerous tech news authorities.
Microsoft’s announcement may provide current Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, users with good news regarding the upgrade. The upgrades to Windows 10 will be free to all PC users with the previously mentioned versions of Windows for one year. There is no word on pricing after the first year, and there is also no information regarding how much it will be or if Windows XP will even be able to upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows 10 will run across a wide range of computer network environments and devices including:
• Cloud apps and services
• Servers in enterprise data centers
• Mobile devices and gaming consoles
• Individual laptops and desktop workstations
• Corporate internal network servers
Windows 10 will encompass one product “family” that will provide a tailored experience for each specific device. This will mean one application platform for Microsoft app developers to build their products, whether it be a game or business application. With Windows 10 acting more as a “service”, developers will now be able to target every variety of Windows devices.
Microsoft has already announced the availability of pre-release versions of Microsoft 10 via the Windows Insider Program. This is a portal for experienced PC users and IT professionals to get access to a technical preview of Windows 10 for individual desktops and laptops. Microsoft will soon follow with technical previews of Windows Server and the associated management tools.
Here is a preview of some of the new features available for a test drive once you become an Insider:
The Start menu is back, but more prominent than ever with a new customizable space for any favorite apps and Live Tiles.
The Live Tiles feature in the Start Menu provides up-to-date content and notifications for PC users. Users will be able to see updates and real-time information from their apps all from their Start Screen. This feature can also be disabled for those users that find real-time status updates distracting.
Designed to Increase Productivity
The Task View button allows the Windows user to get a quick view of all the open apps and windows. A black box running along the bottom of the display functions as a prompt and visual tool to create a virtual desktop. This feature would act as a separate and private workspace that keeps everything that is open and worked on, there within that virtual desktop.
In Windows 10 users will be able to create multiple desktops with the virtual desktops feature for different purposes and projects. They will be able to switch between the desktops, and seamlessly pick up working where they left off on each desktop.One way to use virtual desktops is to create one for all work applications, and another for browsing forums or online shopping sites, and finally, perhaps another one for gaming or social media. These virtual desktops are designed for Windows users to customize them for their personal usage and hopefully to experience a streamlined computer interface.
PC users can now find files faster with File Explorer, which displays recent files and frequently visited folders, making finding files that have recently been worked on fast and efficient.
This is one of the best new features that come with Windows 10. This groundbreaking feature makes Windows 10 friendly for computer-tablet hybrids. Continuum works as a device-specific interface that scales between desktops and tablets.
As an example consider a two-in-one convertible device such as the Surface Pro 3:
The user will be able to pop the tablet portion off of its keyboard base, and receive a little prompt from the OS, asking whether or not to switch to “tablet mode.”
Choosing this option will almost instantly transform the apps on your desktop into their native tablet versions, this includes traditional Windows desktop apps.
Switching back to the desktop version of Windows 10 when the PC user pops the tablet back on the keyboard works the same way, with the prompt from Continuum.
The success of Microsoft’s single software solution for all devices still remains to be seen and will depend on the user experience for those that upgrade to the new operating system. More to come…
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