Windows 10 is the latest advent by Microsoft. Under the revitalisation by Satya Nadella, this IT goliath has codenamed this upcoming emergence of Windows 10 as “Threshold”. After their highly arguable success with Windows 8, Microsoft skipped the obvious succession of names which would have led to their latest design to be named Windows 9 and called their latest addition to the family of operating systems, Windows 10 instead. They skipped the apparent sequence because they believe their forthcoming update is so great that it deserves to be endowed with the “10” moniker.
Release of Windows 10 –
The Windows 10 is expected and scheduled to be released in 2015, post its first presentation at the Build Conference in April 2014. During the first year of availability since its inception, upgrades to Windows 10 would be offered free to existent consumers of Windows 7 and Windows 8, 8.1. This offer would cease to exist post one year. The OS is currently in user beta testing, but the finalised version is reportedly rumoured and expected to have much more variant features as compared to the beta version.
What is different from Windows 8 –
The overlying goal that Windows 10 seeks, as it didn’t with the other operating systems, is the unification and consolidation of different platforms and product categories by Microsoft to a common internal core and application ecosystem.
After much debate, the long sought after Start Menu will have returned in Windows 10 which works similar to the way the old version did, but would also have Windows 8’s tiles in the menu. The tiles are movable and re-sizable and the start menu is also left to consumer’s customization and liking.
The overall conjecture that the classic desktop is stripped of its essential components on the fact that the apps in Windows 8 take up the whole screen and prevent users from multitasking would now be eradicated with the introduction of Windows 10, where the downloaded apps would be accessible in windows, combined with the ability to run multiple virtual desktops at the same time.
Apart from the many features that Microsoft released in the beta testing system, Cortana, a design similar to Siri on iOS devices, and the continuum, which will make Windows 10 friendly for computer-tablet hybrids, are yet to be released to the general public and would reportedly be released along-with the final version of Windows 10.
Main features of Windows 10 –
Microsoft is improving and upgrading its touch user interface with Windows 10 and it has been designed to appeal to experts and novices alike. The return of the start menu, albeit with integration of Windows 8 tiles, has had a sizable commendation hitherto. The task view in Windows 10 has also been upgraded to ease switching between virtual desktops. The Windows 10 continuum and Cortana, along-with the Universal apps, which are a far better relief as compared to Windows 8, are some of the evident and prominent features of Windows 10.
Upgrade Path from Windows 7 and 8 –
According to the Windows Insider chief, Gabriel Aul, the only direct upgrade paths will be provided for Windows 7 or later. For those Windows 7 and later users, the upgrading method is a caveat: a small file needs to be downloaded from the Microsoft’s Technical Preview Page; after running the file, the PC will prompt a restart, upon which the “Upgrade to Windows 10” option will be given. DVDs and USB boot drives can be bid goodbye.
See how to upgrade to Windows 10 here: Upgrade to Windows 10Publisher: Fadiyah Sameh