Windows 10 – The low down

So, Windows 10 is nearly upon us… The July 29th release date is rapidly approaching and we’re all getting excited about it.

For those of us that are in the computer world we are able to sign up for the insider preview program, this means that we can get copies of software, updates and operating systems before they are released. I’ve personally had a copy of Windows 10 for 3 months now and have watched it being shaped from a draft to the final finished operating system. We even get to give feedback with ideas for changes and improvements. This means that I can also give you all a nice little sneak peek into Windows 10 before it’s out!

So I’m sure most of you have found this annoying little icon that won’t go away at the bottom of you notification area.

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Once you click on that little icon you get a lovely little presentation on what Windows 10 is and the new features etc. You can then opt in for a free upgrade to Windows 10 (as long as you do it within a year of the release date), you can also do it through the windows updates. However, You don’t have to install it on release day and I would strongly recommend waiting at least a month before installing as it’s bound to be buggy and have problems when it’s first released, after a month most of them will be removed.

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So, A bit about Windows 10

“Windows 10 is what 8 should have been”

The general consensus from most people involved in the preview is that Windows 10 is what Microsoft set out to make with Windows 8, they just over shot the mark a little. They wanted something new and innovative that changed the way we work and use our computers, they just changed it too much and most people don’t react well to change.

Windows 10 is a bridge between the two if you will. It still has a metro/ flat theme and it still uses Apps, programs and a lot of the contextual menus like Windows 8, however its saving grace is that it’s user interface has been redesigned and the start menu is back. That’s right, the start menu is back!

 

It’s a little bit different but all the programs are now in that menu again making it easier to find them all. You also still have a section for “live tiles” this means that the things you use the most can be pinned as a Windows 8 style tile to the start menu (the live tile section is size adjustable). This can be very useful for apps such as the weather or news where it will display a live update.

 

Where it gets really interesting.

Microsoft have been trying to get all of their devices on the same operating system for a while, Windows 8 was rolled out on Tablets as well as computers but it just didn’t work that well. The user interface of Windows 8 was designed to work on both PC and Tablet, overall consensus being that it was too bulky for PC’s and too fiddly for tablets.

With Windows 10 you now have an option to turn on “Tablet mode” this will adjust the user interface to make it more usable on a touch screen (I personally have windows 10 on my tablet so this is a super useful feature). I’ll pop a picture below of the tablet version for you to compare to the desktop photo above, as you can see it’s much easier to use on a 10″ touch screen in tablet mode. The main difference between tablet and desktop mode is lack of traditional desktop & taskbar, you have a start screen that you can open full screen apps from. From there you can then close them and re-enter at will through the virtual desktops.

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Look for more Windows 10 details in coming posts, including a rundown of other features, such as Cortana, virtual desktops & Microsoft Edge. But for now this should keep you thinking!

 

Thanks for reading, Adam B

About Adam B

IT Engineer, Specializes in Apple Mac, Gaming & Audio production work stations.