Windows 10 – What You Need to Know

Snap it Up

Back near the initial release of Windows 8, Snap – or a way of arranging Windows on a computer screen – was likened to Windows 2.x. This was one of the biggest criticisms of Windows 8 – It was seemingly a huge step backward in functionality or the way Windows worked and were arranged on a computer screen.

One of the biggest criticisms of Windows versions prior Windows 8.x has been the way that Windows arranged or allowed to be arranged on a computer screen. The thought was that they could really clutter up a computer screen.

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While you can still open as many windows as you want within the interface, Snap allows you to line up windows so that you can work with two or more different applications. Windows 8.x allowed you to line two windows side by side, With Windows 10, you can now with up to four applications at once. Windows 10 also employs Snap Assist which prompts you with available apps when you start snapping Windows in place.

Task View
Task management is a huge part of Windows and how it allows users to pass data between open applications. You used to do that via Windows Flip, or ALT-Tab. Now, you get a Task View when you press ALT-Tab. You can also get there by clicking the Task View button on the Taskbar.

Conclusion
From what I have been able to see from the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Windows 10 on the surface seems to be nothing more than an evolutionary and incremental iteration of what Windows 8 really should have been when it was released in 2012. Some of the feature developments that are described here in this article and are present in the OS aren’t anything that I would deem new and improved… just improved…if you consider the changes that are currently in the Technical Preview improvements.

From what I’ve seen so far, the updates in Windows 10 are of the type and nature of the updates that you might find in an operating system update you’d see from Apple – completely evolutionary instead of revolutionary. Now that may be all that’s really needed from Windows 10, but honestly, I’m not completely convinced.

Windows 8 was a total turkey… It was perhaps more damaging to the Windows and Microsoft brands than Windows Vista and Windows XP were. Vista was the OS that took almost seven years to come to market. Its also the OS that drove most if not all Windows users back to the OS version that came before it – Windows XP.

Windows XP damaged the Windows and Microsoft brands because it was the Windows version that just wouldn’t die or go away. Its still actively being used today by a great many businesses that are waiting to find out what’s going on with Windows 10 – a lengthy 15+ years after it was initially released. That’s quite a bit longer than ANYONE thought it would ever be actively used.

Now, Windows 7 was – and still is – a really GREAT operating system. Its what Windows Vista really should have been. It went a long way to bringing people up to a more current version of Windows. Unfortunately, it didn’t really push or pull the new user numbers that Microsoft was hoping to would. A great many users are still using Windows XP, despite the fact that its four major OS versions back.

Its Microsoft’s hope that Windows 10 will inspire people to get current. I agree that anyone using Windows 8.x will likely want to upgrade to Windows 10. However, I don’t see anything here that would make people – especially enterprise customers – want to make jump to Windows 10 from Windows 7.

How well Windows 10 succeeds is yet to be seen. How much the user base likes it will certainly get a great deal of press. I’m not completely certain if Windows 10 will be called a success or not. The way everything looks and appears to be working is fine.

Windows 10 isn’t a bad operating system. There’s a GREAT deal to like in it. However, Windows 8 wasn’t “bad” either. The UI elements of ModernUI and the apps that shared it may have been poorly received or even hated, but it was quick and worked on just about any Windows capable machine (like netbooks or other budget processor powered machines). With the right add-ons, you could get much of the same look and feel that you have now with Windows 10, so Microsoft has that going for it…

Windows 10 isn’t feature complete, and that’s both good and bad. There may be something that Microsoft is working on that they haven’t told anyone about. However, from what I’m seeing here with the features that I’ve outlined, Windows 10 is nothing more than a tweak or an update rather than an upgrade. Maybe it will be enough to put Microsoft back on the right track. However, I can’t help but think that it really needs to be something that provides much more of a “TA-DAA” if you will than it does right now for it to shake the world awake and get the reaction its looking for.

What do you think?

Have you installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a PC you own? Do you have a Windows 8.x PC with Start8 and/ or ModernMix installed on it? Are the new “features” listed here enough for a new Microsoft operating system, or is Microsoft merely putting… uh-hem… Window dressing on an OS that they have screwed up?

Is Windows 10 enough to win you back? Why don’t you meet me in the Discussion area, below, and give me your thoughts on Windows 10?

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