Microsoft officially unveiled their Windows 10 operating system on September 30th and the company have released a Technical Preview for consumer’s to test their new product. When Microsoft released Windows 8, it was very much geared to the new touch generation, with the introduction of Windows onto Tablets and phones. Now at first glance, Windows 10 seems to be aimed straight at Keyboard and mouse operatives. From the moment you start Windows 10, you are greeted with the familiar Windows desktop and Start Menu, which will accommodate those who mourned the disappearance of these features on Windows 8. The product is basically Windows 7 right now and is very early in development, but it has a few hidden gems and some interesting improvements.
The Start Menu is the clearest addition to the new OS. Just like in Windows 7 and older versions before it, the Start Menu acts just as before. Microsoft seem to have back tracked to be considerate to those still using keyboard and mouse. You can now customize your Start Menu by resizing it, pin addition apps to it or just simply change the colour of it to match your desktop. Although the hints of Windows 8 do come through in the Start Menu of Windows 10, it does feel familiar, yet new at the same time.
A big user interface feature is a new Task View button that is located on the taskbar. You can load up multiple desktops from here and switch between them to manage apps across different workspaces. Windows has long need this feature, and Microsoft has borrowed elements from rivals like OS X and Linux/Unix to introduce this in Windows 10. Instead of copying its rivals, Microsoft have added in its productivity-focused snap views into Task View. You can snap apps in the same way you do in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Also a new prompt will suggest apps that can be snapped alongside each other or windowed in complex ways. Obviously there is need for a little educating for you to make the most of this new feature, but after learning that having many apps in different desktops seems confusing, we have to remember that this is an early build on Windows 10 and there is a long way to go till it is ready for early next year.
There are hints everywhere that Microsoft are going to revamp the user interface a lot more. There are new icons for File Explorer and Desktop, but I’m sure Microsoft will change most of their icons to modernize Windows 10. Another big change is the ability to run universal apps in windows on the desktop. Microsoft announced this at build stage, but using it feels so natural, like it should have always been there. These apps snap together well, and they resize fairly easily to make them a lot more usable with a keyboard and mouse.
It seems fairly basic at the moment but Windows 10 certainly looks like a complete overhaul of the Windows OS. The demonstration of the command prompt refresh that brings the ability to copy and paste, although a minor and geeky feature, it certainly demonstrates Windows 10 is on a major turnaround compared to predecessors. With regular updates planned in the next coming months, Windows 10 looks as though it will bring some welcoming changes and imaginative features. It may look like a repainted Windows 7 now, but we are sure Windows 10 will look amazing by launch date.
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