After alienating some users with the less than favorable Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft will look to get back into the good graces of consumers with the impending release of Windows 10. This new operating system promises to incorporate some of the key features from previous versions of Windows, taking a “back to the basics” approach that will also keep certain aspects of Windows 8. And yes, the Start menu is back!
One of the biggest issues users had with Windows 8 was the interface, and that hurt Microsoft in one of their key markets: business users. “The entire concept of the metro interface did not work well for workstations or for a business environment,” says Daniel Baik, IT Support Specialist at Miles Technologies. “It was primarily designed to unify tables, smartphones and computers together, by doing so, it alienated the entire business sector.”
Windows 10 will give users the ability to utilize the metro interface should they choose to do so, but it is not the only one they can use as it was in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Baik had an opportunity to test some features of the Windows 10 system via Microsoft’s Windows 10 technical preview, and he said his first impressions of the new OS where positive. “It certainly feels really streamlined,” he says. “It still has the whole feeling of Windows 8—the clean interface and the responsiveness—but it also brings back the more classic feel of Windows 7 with the start menu, the task bar and the system tray. I think it’s the best of both worlds.”
The adoption rate for Windows 8 was not as high as Microsoft would have hope, so by bringing back some of the more classic features that made Windows 7 so successful, Microsoft is looking to appeal to users—specifically workstation and business users—who have been hesitant to upgrade from 7 to 8 or 8.1. Baik says he believes Windows 10 will be successful in this endeavor. “Jumping from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will not be nearly as difficult as jumping from Windows 7 to Windows 8,” he says. “It is a familiar environment they’ll be working in. It will be very conducive to the change.”
When testing the new operating system, Baik said he noticed another key feature that he believes will make Windows 10 very appealing to business users: virtual desktops. Virtual desktops will make multi-tasking much easier, as users working on multiple projects or tasks at once can organize them with a separate desktop for each one.
This way, when the user needs to switch gears, he or she can just click over to another desktop with the appropriate windows already open rather than having to close and open new windows. This feature will also come in handy for those who use one computer for both home and work uses. Separate desktops can be created for optimal organization. This feature was not available in Windows Vista or 7, but was available as an added tool in XP. Baik says that the feature, which is native in Windows 10, should hopefully function more smoothly and quickly than its predecessors.
While no one will be able to tell for certain how well Windows 10 will be received by the business community until it is released (thus far no official release date has been announced), early signs are looking positive that Microsoft has been able to correct the errors that turned so many people off to Windows 8.
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