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Windows 10 means that I don’t have to buy Window 8! And that is great news!” said one small business owner who has 12 computers running Windows 7. He has been “avoiding” buying or using Windows 8 because it failed to meet his expectations – let alone exceed them – for ease of use, navigation and general usability.
The new operating system looks to combine features of both Windows 7 that have remained popular with businesses and the modern user interface of Windows 8, including bringing back the start menu which was missing in Windows 8.
Microsoft states on its blog, “Windows 10 is the next generation of our OS that adapts to the devices you’re on and what you’re trying to get done with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience that enables you to be more productive.”
This is good news for business owners and PC users everywhere when set against today’s ever increasing explosion of technology and systems that we are all expected to keep up with.
For business owners and most people who use Microsoft Windows every day in their offices and workplaces, Window 8 was a big turn off. The “live tiles” failed to connect with people everywhere and were seen to be “in the way”. Many who disliked its unfamiliar tile-based interface opted to stay on Windows 7.
The fact is that only 20 per cent of organisations migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 8 (which was released two years ago) according to tech research firm Forrester. This highlights that a massive 80% of people chose not to upgrade to the latest system, which is alarming considering roughly 1.5 billion people now use Windows in one form or another. Is it any wonder then that this next version of Microsoft's flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market? That is the same business market that has generally ignored the look of Windows 8 and felt that the Windows 8 software did not deliver for desktop PC users.
But it looks like Microsoft have learned their lessons with their recent unveiling of Windows 10, which is currently in a testing phase where “tech-heads” and PC enthusiasts are able join a limited preview program; “Users who join the Windows Insider Program and opt-in to the Windows 10 Technical Preview are choosing to provide data and feedback that will help shape the best Windows experience for our customers,” said Microsoft in a released statement.
Microsoft claims that Windows 10 will be their most comprehensive platform ever, and that “it wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.”
Microsoft in its blog, aimed to encourage businesses to embrace Windows 10 after they were not won over by Windows 8. The benefits the blog post promotes includes security, familiarity and “virtually no learning curve”.
Further to that, we are hearing Microsoft’s big pitch is that Windows 10 is an OS that runs everywhere. Windows 10 will run on “the broadest range of devices ever,” from small gadgets set up in offices and homes, to game consoles, to handheld tablets and phones, to computer servers that drive websites and other business software inside massive data centers.
Windows 10- Business Highlights
- This upgrade release will support enterprise customers by enhancing the desktop display for easy to use functionality.
- The revival of the start button, integrated with the tiled interface allows users to personalise the startup menu to have one click access to the functions and files needed most.
- Windows snap feature, ideal for hardcore business users has been enhanced so users can view four screens simultaneously.
- Continuum is a feature that detects what device you are on and switch modes, dynamically changing the interface paradigm as the hardware changes.
- The app store is open to businesses. A new, unified app store will allow businesses to have flexibility with volume distribution and app licensing when necessary.
- Enterprise Grade Security, identity and information protection features have been built in to the core of Windows 10, improving the resistance against breaching, stealing or phishing. The same level of protection on data will also be maintained even when moving data across devices.
For all those businesses wanting the experience of Windows 7 with cross-device compatibility, hold tight for Windows 10.