Windows 10 is all the Buzz

Windows 10 is all the buzz!  It’s not officially out until mid-2015, but Microsoft released a preview version in late September.  There are a lot of opinions (good and bad) on the new version of the popular operating system that is used by over 1.5 billion people.

First things first.  What happened to Windows 9?  There doesn’t seem to be a real explanation to why they skipped the number 9, except for a comment made by Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group saying that “we’re not building an incremental product”.

Some of the features and functionality that Microsoft is boasting about in Windows 10 include:

  • Start menu is back
  • Everything runs in a window
  • Snap enhancements – have four apps snapped on the same screen
  • New task view button
  • Multiple desktops
  • File Explorer

CRN magazine did a nice job comparing Windows 10 to the now old version, Windows 8.  In the write-up it covers many of the same features that Microsoft lists, but it also mentioned enhancements such as: the relocation of the Start menu files to help increase user productivity; the OneDrive Prompt to let installers know that some data will automatically be backed up to the free OneDrive cloud storage option; and the enhancements made for the business users to help organizations better protect data and user identity.

James Niccolai from PCWorld also summarized the updates in Windows 10 very succinctly in his article “Windows 10: 12 things you need to know”.

If you are planning on moving to Windows 10 next year, there is plenty of information on the Internet to help you make an educated decision on whether it’s the right move for you.

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