Anticipating the Upcoming Microsoft Windows 10

Windows 7 was great, Windows 8 left a mix of impressions while Windows 8.1 improved the Windows 8 experience a bit. What does Windows 10 hold?

There’s also the question – what happened to Windows 9? I think Microsoft went for a ’10’ for PERFECTION of which I hope it is but going by the presentation, it might not be. 😛

A Quick Recap

· Cortana comes to PC and Tablet. The Cortana personal digital assistant will now be available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets to support people and help them get things done.

· A new web experience for Windows 10. “Project Spartan,” the next generation browser offers the ability to annotate with a keyboard or pen. You can share information with friends, select a distraction-free reading mode and integrate this with Cortana to put the web to work

· Xbox on Windows 10. Stream games directly from your Xbox One to Windows 10, play games with friends across devices and experience great graphics built using DirectX12.

· Office for Windows 10: Office universal apps on Windows 10 deliver a consistent, touch-first experience across phone, tablet and PC. We’ll have more to share on the next version of the Office desktop suite in the coming months.

· The world’s first holographic computing platform: Windows 10 enables developers to create holographic experiences in the real world, and the new Microsoft HoloLens is the first untethered holographic computer – no wires, phones or connection to a PC needed.

· New Microsoft Surface Hub optimizes Windows 10 experiences for groups: Surface Hub takes advantage of Windows 10, Skype for Business and Office 365 to make every person – remote or onsite – feel like they’re in the same collaborative space.

What I Look Forward To

Admittedly the Holo Lens and Surface Hub looked great, have a look at the video below for Holo Lens.

The Verge did a great Holo Lens feature article should you be interested in the product.

Definitely I look forward to these 2 hardware but they’re hardware, not Windows 10.

As for Windows 10 itself, I think the most welcoming news is that Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users are entitled FREE UPGRADE! YAY!

Windows 10 will also be available across devices, that’s great news. 🙂 I’d love to have Windows 10 on a mobile phone instead of Windows Phone, the mobile OS that I couldn’t seem to get used to due to its limitations. I have a Microsoft Lumia 535 with me at the time of this article, and I also have a Lumia 925 too. It’s a neat OS that doesn’t suit my liking and based on that alone, I can’t wait to try Windows 10 on mobile devices. I love having Windows on tablets and I think having them on phones would be great!

With Windows 10 being available cross device form factors, this also means that Microsoft Office will work across various form factors as well. I think this is a great move to unify the experience across devices.

Cortana? Xbox? Meh, those don’t spark my interest at all.

Back to the hardware, I think the Surface Hub powered by Windows 10 looks very interesting, this could end up being the staple furniture for conference rooms. The Holo Lens? I’m not sure how it’ll be used other than for Minecraft at this point of time, I don’t see a purpose of walking around my house with a headgear! 😛

As for the User Interface – I won’t comment on it yet but the Technical Preview ISO is available for download. 🙂 Do expect an upcoming article about my initial thoughts on the operating system.

Read up more about Windows 10 at Microsoft’s Blog.

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