Although yet to be finalised before its 2015 release Windows 10 is available to download today as a beta (technical preview) version.
So what’s new?
- Return of the Start Button answering the intense criticism of the removal of this familiar tool in Windows 8.
- A new Task-view button providing for one-click access to all of your running programs and Windows apps.
- Multiple Desktops allowing a single user to configure multiple desktops reducing clutter of the app and program icons and improving productivity. For example you could have a desktop for business and one for home use on a laptop that you use at both locations.
- Improved Pinning to allow you to quickly add programs and apps that you use often to the Start menu.
- Snap improvements which provides for improved management of open applications and programs making it easier to multi-task.
- Windows Apps can now run in a window allowing you to use the apps via the traditional desktop interface.
- File Explorer/Finder improvements to provide improved search for those ‘missing’ documents.
There are also some additional improvements to traditional tools that did not get mentioned in the recent Microsoft announcements including:
- Improved command interface
- A facelift of the notifications boxes (many now getting very old as they’ve transitioned from version to version over the years)
- File History access improvements
- Improved problem reporting
I am sure that there will be many more additions and modifications between now and the official release but early signs are good that this version is going to be of the quality of XP and Windows 7 rather than the mini-disasters of Vista and Windows 8.
Let’s hope so.
Oh and before anyone asks; there was no Windows 9 – they skipped a number to reflect a ‘new generation’ of Windows. Marketing speak for ‘we can’t count’.
For those brave enough to want to try the ‘technical preview’ version it can be downloaded from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso