Windows 10 release: First take

Windows 10 has just been announced (we're still reeling from the fact it's not Windows 9). Simon Bisson was there and has the details...

Windows "9" is Windows 10. That's the biggest surprise from Microsoft's San Francisco launch event.

With its enterprise customers firmly in mind, that's a good thing for the company as it eyes the 100 million or so Windows 7 users and considers how to encourage them to upgrade.

Microsoft is opening the Windows earlier and wider than ever before. It's going to be an interesting ride; for them and for us.

Even so, despite the familiar Windows look and feel, there's a lot more to Windows 10 than meets the eye. Under its returned Start Menu it's continuing the evolution that started with Windows 8. Windows Store apps now coexist with familiar desktop apps, and Microsoft is encouraging developers to work with the new Universal app model it introduced with Windows 8.1 Update earlier this year.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

We've seen a lot of Windows 10 already, thanks to a series of leaked videos. Even with the many leaks, there's much to like here. Using the new snap features is simple, and the virtual desktop tools are built into the familiar task switcher we've used since the XP days. It's also possible to keep the Windows 8-style start menu, and command line aficionados won't be disappointed by the new translucent console and (finally!) the ability to use familiar keyboard shortcuts.

IT Pros will want to try out one of Windows 10's key features: the ability to separate the personal and the corporate a low level; by identifying corporate apps and giving only them access to corporate files with no way to copy and paste, upload, or save corporate data to personal space. A new class of "enlightened" apps will be able to work in both worlds, with Word being able to switch from writing a letter to a company document.

Windows lead Terry Myerson told us that the Preview programme that launches tomorrow was ambitious. "We have never done this before. We'll be using a variety of tools: like survey tools on features. There'll be forums for insiders and engineering will take part in these. We're going to learn too how to run a programme like this. We're jumping off before we have all the answers."

Windows 8 may have been a revolution, but Windows 10 is far from being a counter-revolution. It's familiar to the 100 million Windows 7 users, yes, but it also brings Windows 8's touch features along for the ride. New tools will help handle the transition from laptop to tablet in two-in-one devices like the Surface Pro, though these won't be in the Preview.

With an open preview programme starting tomorrow, it's an opportunity for IT professionals to explore the new OS well in advance of a 2015 launch and to use the feedback tooling to influence the development of their desktop OS.

Microsoft is opening the Windows earlier and wider than ever before. It's going to be an interesting ride; for them and for us.

Featured Resources

How inkjet can transform your business

Get more out of your business by investing in the right printing technology

Download now

Journey to a modern workplace with Office 365: which tools and when?

A guide to how Office 365 builds a modern workplace

Download now

Modernise and transform your sales organisation

Learn how a modernised sales process can drive your business

Download now

Your guide to managing cloud transformation risk

Realise the benefits. Mitigate the risks

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/operating-systems/23119/windows-10-release-date-features-devices-and-free-upgrade-microsoft-issues
operating systems

Windows PowerToys customisation project returns

10 May 2019
Visit/operating-systems/28288/how-to-factory-reset-windows-10
operating systems

How to factory reset Windows 10

26 Mar 2019
Visit/desktop-software/26635/how-to-turn-on-windows-defender
Software

How to turn on Windows Defender

20 Feb 2020
Visit/operating-systems/microsoft-windows/354789/microsoft-pulls-disastrous-windows-10-security-update
Microsoft Windows

Microsoft pulls disastrous Windows 10 security update

17 Feb 2020

Most Popular

Visit/mobile/28299/how-to-use-chromecast-without-wi-fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

5 Feb 2020
Visit/technology/artificial-intelligence-ai/354796/ai-identifies-11-earth-bound-asteroids
artificial intelligence (AI)

AI identifies 11 earth-bound asteroids

18 Feb 2020
Visit/operating-systems/27717/how-to-fix-a-stuck-windows-10-update
operating systems

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

12 Feb 2020
Visit/business/business-operations/354790/hp-shareholders-invited-to-come-dine-with-xerox
Business operations

HP shareholders invited to come dine with Xerox

17 Feb 2020