Thursday, October 2, 2014

Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive?

By Tina Sieber
In its much anticipated San Francisco Threshold event this Tuesday, Microsoft introduced the new version of Windows. To the surprise of the tech community, Microsoft was able to keep a secret: the name of their new flagship is Windows 10.

The event focused on Enterprise customers and no definite release date or pricing information was shared. Mid 2015 was mentioned as a time frame for the completed Windows 10 launch.

Key Facts About Windows 10 Technical Preview

The Technical Preview will be available via Microsoft Insider starting October 1st. According to the notes of Paul Thurrott, the preview will install as an upgrade in place over Windows 7 or 8.x. Since focusing on Enterprise customers, the Technical Preview will not contain new consumer features, such as IE 12 or novel media apps.

Contrary to previous leaks, a Consumer Preview of Windows 10 will follow in early 2015. In its April 2015 BUILD conference, Microsoft will reveal more about the development story and consumer features. Meanwhile, the Enterprise preview gives consumers a glimpse of what to expect from Windows 10. While Microsoft focused on the needs of Enterprise users in its launch event, this article will highlight implications for average users.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Fact Summary

  • At the event, Joe Belfiore showed off Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9841.
  • Technical Preview available starting October 1st via Microsoft Insider – sign up here.
  • Technical Preview will install like an upgrade over Windows 7 or 8.x.
  • Technical Preview will not contain novel consumer features.
  • Charms bar still there, but will change eventually.
Windows VP Joe Belfiore presents a more detailed preview of Windows 10 in the video below.

What’s New In Windows 10?

Briefly, many speculations about the new Windows were confirmed, including the return of the Start Menu, virtual desktops, and windowed mode for modern apps. But there is much more!
Microsoft stressed how much the different user experiences mattered to them and thus introduced features to address them. To make sure they really meet the needs of their users, the new Microsoft Insider programme will collect feedback from everyone testing the Windows 10 preview. At the same time, they will continuously be rolling out new features.

Continuum & One OS For All Platforms

Windows 8’s modern interface created a major backlash. Desktop users across the board didn’t appreciate the flashy tiles, the lack of a default boot to desktop option, and the disappearance of the Start Menu. Microsoft responded and slowly the most demanded features with Windows 8.1. In Windows 10, they go a step further and expand on a feature they already introduced with Windows 8.1 Update; i.e. changing the interface depending on the type of hardware attached.

Windows 10 will run on any kind of device, including phones, tablets, PCs, workstations, and servers. Thanks to Continuum, the interface will change depending on the hardware. When you remove a mouse or keyboard from your touch device, the OS will adapt instantly. On phones, Windows 10 will not offer a desktop view.

Start Menu With Live Tiles

As seen in previous Windows 9 leaks, the new Start Menu will support live tiles.
Windows 10 Start Menu   Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive?
Thankfully, they didn’t forget about the much loved search feature within the Start Menu. It’s back and now lives both in the Start Menu and on the Taskbar.

Windowed Modern Apps & Snap Assist

One reason why modern apps were such a big annoyances on a desktop computer was that they ran in full screen mode. Windows 10 natively supports windowed mode for modern apps. Windows Store apps will now open just like desktop programs, including title bars and opening on the desktop.
The Snap Assist feature will allow you to snap up to four apps next to or on top of each other. Windows will make smart suggestions as you’re trying to snap an open window.

Virtual Desktops & Task View

Making multitasking easier is a key concern of Windows 10. As mentioned previously, Windows 10 will allow you to create additional desktops, i.e. virtual desktops, that allow you to separate tasks. You can then switch between open windows and desktops using Task View.
Task View is similar to the ALT + TAB keyboard shortcut or the WINDOWS + TABAero feature, both found in Windows 7, which allow you to switch between open windows. In Windows 10, Task View will also support virtual desktops.
Windows 10 Task View   Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive?

Keyboard Shortcuts In Command Prompt

Next to the name, this was the biggest surprise. Microsoft did indeed update the command prompt! It will now support common keyboard shortcuts, such as CTRL + V for pasting, SHIFT to select text, or CTRL +SHIFT to select by word.

Are You Excited To Try Windows 10?

That was Windows 10 in a nutshell. We will be covering it more in-depth once the preview is available. Go ahead and follow our Windows category or the Windows 10 tag.
Meanwhile, here is the full video of yesterday’s event.


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