Windows 10? Yes, Windows 10, a new operating system from Windows that will be launched in “late 2015.” And yes, in my opinion, it’s better than Windows 8, Microsoft’s failed attempt to keep all of Microsoft’s devices (tablets, phones, and computers) under the same roof (or operating system in this case). In this article, I will discuss five new features of Windows 10, what this new operating system will mean for businesses, and how to try it out for yourself.
What does Windows 10 look like?
Windows 10 is a nice compromise between the proven mechanics of Windows 7 and the fluidity and compatibility (among devices that is) of Windows 8. The desktop looks somewhat like the original start menu of Windows 7, but with the option to customise your menu by adding the “tiles” which were present in Windows 8 (see picture below). Windows 10 didn’t completely eliminate Windows 8 from the system, allowing users to switch back to the Windows 8 launch screen (yeah, right Microsoft); the one that will be default on tablets and phones. Other than that, the desktop looks pretty much the same as Windows 8, sticking to the flat “metro style” present in both versions.
Though this new look has raised a bit of a stir inside the pages of Microsoft’s insider forums (you have to sign up to view them) because of the inability to customize the way that your windows look the way you could in Windows XP and 7.
Besides the new look, there are a lot of neat features packed into this new interface.
1. New task view
The annoying thing on the left in Windows 8 (you know, the thing that would pop up on the side when you didn’t want it to and not come up when it did that you were forced to use once in a while when you accidentally opened up an app from your start menu?) is gone and has been replaced with an easier way to change through your windows and apps.
2. More desktops
As you may have seen in the picture above, there was an option to add a new desktop. (See a more detailed tutorial here) This lets you organize your running programs into different virtual “desktops,” which can really be useful for multitasking.
3. Snap Assist Windows 10 introduces an easier way to multitask with Snap Assist, allowing users to better organize windows on their desktop(s).
4. New App UI
In Windows 8, you had your app store and there were apps on your start menu, which were totally secluded from the desktop, which had your shortcuts to the applications you actually use. Now the Windows 8 “modern” apps opened full screen back in a new “desktop,” if you will, which made it hard to use with your normal desktop apps.
Well no more of that! Now your modern apps (dubbed “universal” apps from Microsoft because they run on all devices) hover over one of your desktops like normal windows. Microsoft got the tip!
5. Ctrl +V with Command Prompt!
Command prompt has been long neglected by Microsoft.
First it looked like this,
…And finally like this. Nothing has really changed for over a decade.
Why? I don’t really have the answer to that, but I would guess the Microsoft didn’t really think it needed changing.
Find the full list of features here, but the most significant features are, like I stated above, that you can copy, paste, and select. You can also enable text-wrapping, change the opacity, and resize the window, as well as change the font for higher-resolution displays.
How to get it for yourself:
You MUST read this before you attempt to install Windows 10. Remember, trying out an early build like this can be risky. That’s why we recommend that you don’t install the preview on your primary home or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything.
Download and install the preview only if you
Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.
Don’t mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.
Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.
Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.
Aren’t installing it on your everyday computer.
We’re not kidding about the expert thing. So if you think BIOS is a new plant-based fuel, Tech Preview may not be right for you.
Those were a couple of warnings directly from the Windows page, so if you fall into the categories above, I’ll tell you how to get it.
Note: There will be a consumer-type preview coming out in April (or somewhere around then). If you are not a computer expert, but still want to try out Windows 10 without waiting for the main release, that one might be the one for you. It will be a lot less buggy than it is now and should require less troubleshooting.
Finally… how to get the Windows 10 Technical Preview:
If you are confident in your computer abilities or are just curious, here’s how you get Windows 10:
1. You first have to sign up for the Windows Insider Program. This will let you access Microsoft’s Insider Forums and let you send feedback directly to Microsoft from your desktop.
2. Re-read the system requirements. You can never be too careful.
3. Download one of the ISO files at the bottom of the page.
4. Put the download file onto a type of installation media (a DVD or USB, for example).
5. Boot your PC from the installation media and follow the steps to perform a clean install. MAKE SURE you have already backed up all important files on your computer and your version of Windows.
That’s all for now. Please comment below if you were brave enough to install the preview (or if you weren’t), and click here to read more about Windows 10. Also, stay up to date with Windows 10 news by clicking here.