Windows 10. Excited? Well you should be. Or maybe you shouldn’t. I don’t know about you, but my entire body is numb with the constant barrage of “new and totally awesome this time round, we promise software” from Microsoft. Here is some stuff you might want to know.
1. Windows 10 for Business
If it wasn’t for enterprise clients, Microsoft would be dead. So tailoring a new OS that will replace, well, Windows 7, is a must. The “vision” is that end users will have an intuitive and much more familiar desktop experience as things are taking a step back into the norm.
There is also a promise that management of Windows 10 can be done with existing enterprise solutions such as System Center or InTune. The push is towards the cloud and we will see more and more releases from Microsoft that will introduce cloud bases management of enterprise kit and data.
Now, Microsoft says that developers will be standardised. I know right, good luck. But with Windows 10, there is a view to bring in a standard application platform to allow for uniform support of applications and development respectively. I’m not 100% sure what this platform will look like, but is that just a pipe dream?
2. The Name and The Start Menu
Windows 9 would have made sense right? Microsoft pulled the old ‘switcharoo ‘ on us. Its called Windows 10 basically because the want to break away from the stigma of Windows 8. There is a fella called Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group who said “We’re not building an incremental product”. He was also quoted banging on about Windows One and OneNote and how they were years apart, so naming has no meaning at Microsoft. And yes, the start menu its back. take a look 🙂
3. Windows 10 runs on …
Everything by the look’s of it. Microsoft says that it will run on phones, tablets, laptops and desktops respectively. The guys releases a picture, see below, that showcases all the devices it runs on. There is a bit of a buzz around embedded products as prior versions of Windows didn’t really fit the mould. Microsoft is moving towards a single OS (to some extend) across all devices. The hope is, that I.T managers will have an easier time allowing a wider range of devices into the enterprise, and of course, the plan is to manage these from a subset of Microsoft Enterprise products such as System Center, Windows InTune and Office 365.
4. Applications and Desktop Experience
Lets face it, when you buy an OS, you don’t want an OS inside another OS. Duality is a bitch and asking end users to accept both a new OS and then slap them with a “merto” or whatever you want to call it interface, just turns people of. It makes the OS complicated with no benefits to show for it. Windows 8.1 made this a little easier with Update 1, but its still not quite right. The bad taste has stayed. Good news is with Windows 10 we will have a single OS with applications looking and feeling much like they did in Windows 7. So fist pumps all round.
5. Brand new stuff we had previously but now its better
When you use Windows, you need to know what’s running on your desktop, now you can see what you’re using by pressing ALT + TAB to see the windows. But, in Windows 10, they (sorry to say it) took a mission control style view of your applications so you can now (better than ever before … ) see what’s running. And with an option to use multiple screen configurations, working on multiple monitors is a lot easier. There is also now the option to snap apps on dual screen set-ups. Lovely.
6. Touchy touchy …
Now, its wrong to suspect that Microsoft will drop all their bad habits, so therefore, touch is here to stay. They aren’t ready to drop that trick, yet. But I think its actually a good move, I had a HP touch screen laptop and I must say it did make working on the train easier. The problem was, when I folded the laptop into a “tablet” I wanted all my apps to change and adapt to my tablet. It didn’t, so you needed to change the application settings to allow for bigger buttons etc. But with Windows 10, there is a little something called continuum. So if you own a hybrid, when you detach the screen from the keyboard, Windows will ask you if you want to go into tablet mode, your apps will then flip into this mode and working just became a little easier.
6.1 Command Promt
Well, its still there, and so are most (if not all) of the sortcuts we’re used to.
No idea, Microsoft hasn’t said a work about its prices yet, but there has been a shift in enterprise licensing how this affects you is still being planned by evil minions.
6.3 Release date?
Middle of 2015 apparently, I assume they will release this after the Build Conference. But you can join the technical preview group to get a copy.
Good news. Many of “SCCM Guys” have all ready been deploying Windows 10. So when upgrade season arrived. We’re warmed up