WIndows 10 is here to break with the past, forgetting the old, and embrace the new. Microsoft wants to take distance from the old, put land in between. So now Windows 9 is Windows 10. They repeatedly emphasized it in the presentation: in Windows 10 everything is new. A system built from scratch. These all the 10 things you need to know.
1) ONE WINDOWS TO RULE THEM ALL
“Today, the number of devices has exceeded the amount of users. Connectivity is like oxygen today. The new Windows should be constructed thinking first of mobility and cloud”.
This is how Microsoft defines the pillars for it new Windows 10. In a new operating system built from scratch, where priority is given to the fact that today all users have multiple devices, the most responsive so far.
The solution is a different system for each hardware (Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, Window Phone 8), but a single system for all. “A product for a whole family.”
Indeed, Windows 10 will work on PCs, tablets, phones and consoles. Even without display devices. It will not be identical in all (everyone has their own style) but the kernel will be the same.
All universal apps run on all devices without having to program them specifically for each. There will be a single store from which you can access any app, no matter what device you’re using.
It is a very ambitious proposal because we talk about completely different hardware, both in performance and features. We’ll see if Microsoft are able to reach their goals.
2) TOTAL SYNC WITH ALL YOUR DEVICES
Thanks to the common kernel, it will be easier than ever to share information between different devices.
The goal of Windows 10 is that you can share your data (documents, contacts, content apps) from your PC to your phone or tablet and viceversa automatically.
This will be cloud based and sync all your work environment automatically. You simply login and your listings show up wherever you need them, with the support of OneDrive or transfer via WiFi or Bluetooth.
3) ONE DESKTOP, FARWELL TO THE START SCREEN
One of the most annoying aspects of Windows 8 is the existence of two parallel and exclusive desktops: the classic desktop, and start screen.
In Window 10 there is only one desktop, the classic. Modern apps are integrated within it, as a Windows program.
This is a return to sanity which makes the use and accessibility of the system and the apps much easier, which will save you time and patience.
4) WELCOME BACK “START BUTTON”
Do you remember the start button in Windows 7 and in the earlier windows versions? It contained the list of frequently used programs and documents, all installed programs, search engine, shortcuts to settings and Control Panel and the shut down button …
“All this will be once again accessible / The Start Button is returning” – Dani Thifa
The Start Button will be upgraded, now it will also contain frequently used app, Windows Store and news. This is logical development because in Windows 10 apps are integrated.
5) CONTINUUM: BETTER INTEGRATION OF MOUSE AND INTERFACE TOUCH
With Windows 8, Microsoft tried to reinvent the concept of the mouse, making the the next gen desk top windows operating system closer to mobile devices. That gave rise to annoying sidebars, or need to catch a window and drag it to close an app.
That is now over.
In Windows 10, the management system is simple and intuitive, because it automatically adapts to your hardware. It’s why they named it Continuum.
If Windows 10 detects that you are using a mouse it will disable sidebars and execute the classic interface. If you connect a touch screen or sync with a tablet, the laterals bars make an appearance, and the control is activated by gestures.
6) VIRTUAL DESKTOP
Windows 10 launches virtual desktops. For the first time, we will be able to use different desktops, according to our needs.
For example, you can create a desktop for your studio applications, one for games and one for social or leisure networks, each one with your wallpaper, interface and different contents.
But the best, you just press a button to switch from one to another. In addition, the apps you have running on a desktop, can be used even though you have moved to another desktop.
A very useful tool for organizing our applications without mixing things.
7) TOTAL CONTROL OVER THE APPS: WINDOW MODE
Windows 8 apps run on touch mode. Even if you have a mouse and a 32 inch screen, it force you to view them full screen, you can not resize the screen, and view two or more screens is a cumbersome process.
In Windows 10 apps are a more traditional program. This means you can do with them what you’ve always done: use in window mode, resizing, access them from the Taskbar, and place them anywhere on the screen. With classic buttons on the corners to minimize, maximize them or close them with a click.
So they become a useful item, not a burden that slow your work, as in Windows 8.
8) VIEW OF TASKS (SNAPS)
Sometimes it happens that you open a lot of programs and apps and do not know where everything is.
Windows 10 improves the Vista Task and snaps. Pressing a button will get a quick look at all the programs you have open, in miniature form. This way you will easily locate running applications, and you will be able to instantly jump from app one an another.
It also allows you to place up to 4 snaps at the same time.
9) THE NEW EXPLORER
Microsoft knows that Windows 10 will have to deal with lots of different data from different devices, not just mobile, tablet or PC, but also of the cloud, and the Internet.
So they completely redesigned Windows Explorer to be able to locate what you’re looking for more effectively and intuitively. Now, with the hard drives and external memories you have connected to the cloud, Explorer displays access to folders and programs used more recently, so you have access to them with a simple click.
10) THE PRICE
Although Microsoft has not communicated all indications, clues, code analysis, they indicated that Microsoft Windows 10 will be free for users of Windows 8, or very cheap.
The big question is how to manage the existence of multiple devices. Will a single operating system serve to multiple devices, or we will have to buy them separately?
This, and not the nine points above, is what will define Windows 10 as a modern system.
There’s still more than half a year left for the final version of Windows 10 to be available in the market, so Microsoft has time to meditate their pricing.