Today (October 1st, 2014) Microsoft released the technical preview for its newest operating system, Windows 10.
After working so hard on Windows 8 and getting burned by businesses and many fans across the world Microsoft wanted to show computer users that it’s still king. And that leads us to Windows 10. A delightful combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The most obvious new feature of Windows 10 is the start menu. Microsoft has brought back the start menu as you remember it, but included a twist, metro tiles.
This new start menu is basically a merge between the Windows 7 start menu and Windows 8’s start screen. Along with the start menu there are new icons, universal applications to help better sync with your tablet and Windows Phone, and many more features to help you improve productivity.
After using the new Windows 10 for a while I would have to say that there is definitely room for improvement (remember that it is a tech preview not an official release).
What I’m Enjoying
- Metro applications are no longer forced to run in full screen mode
- Borders around windows are now thinner, this allows more content to fit into one window
- Brand new icons for things such as your documents and pictures library
- The start menu, you still are able to use the Windows 8 style start screen if you prefer
- Multiple desktops (it’s like having multiple virtual computers)
- CTRL+v to paste things into the command prompt
- You are now able to pin up to four items on one screen instead of two items
What I’m Not Enjoying
- You can’t create categories on the start menu like you were able to on the start screen in Windows 8.1
- The search and task view buttons (first two to the right of the start button) can’t be removed or rearranged
- The tech preview expires before the official release is expected to go public
- Start menu feels cluttered, especially on the left hand side
I do feel that Windows 10 has great potential if Microsoft can pull it off just right. If they focus on making the new look user friendly rather than advanced then this version of Windows will actually be something. And they might even get their business customers to switch.