Microsoft Windows 10 Release Date Getting Closer but What Came Before?
Microsoft Windows 10 is actually a preemptive strike by the crew in Redmond. It’s a preemptive strike to rescue Windows market share because Windows 8 is losing ground, big time.
Many don’t like it.
I currently, as of the writing of this article, have 2 machines. One runs Ubuntu Linux, and it’s a lighter mobile blogging box. Ironically I’m writing this on the old HP behemoth, and 18″ notebook “desktop replacement” that originally shipped with Windows Vista 64-bit and was upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, which was a free upgrade from HP. Unlike many, I actually liked Vista. It ran pretty well on this machine. Windows 7 was always a good performer for me, whether on this machine or on corporate machines.
I don’t have Windows 8 and I don’t want it.
I won’t go anywhere near it.
Case in point.
At the age of 46, I’m lucky to still have my parents around.
They recently got a new machine that came with Windows 8.1 and I was asked to look at it on occasion to help with things that weren’t working correctly.
I have to tell you, whoever thought of ditching the Start Menu for that tiled interface should be taken out and summarily shot… Stat!
I have never been around an OS that seems like it was intentionally created to confuse and frustrate the user.
Microsoft should be ashamed over Windows 8, and I think that they have admitted that it’s a loser.
Update: The Windows 10 release date has been announced as July 29, 2015, and the update is free for users of Windows 7 & Windows 8.
Microsoft Windows 10 Features That Are Making News
One of the main features is that Windows 10 will have a single interface across all platforms, from PC’s to phones, with everything in between. It will also have a unified app store.
They are saying that apps written for one platform will magically work across all Windows 10 Platforms. This kind of takes you away from the Windows only program paradigm that we in PC Land are used to. You’ll still have the “Windows application” world but now this new “Windows 10 Apps world” will also open up and become popular.
Don’t quote me here, but I imagine that these “apps” will be written to some interpreted language and api that will allow them to run cross platform. This is all a bid to raise the popularity and market share of the Windows Phone platform vs Google Android and Apple iPhone. By allowing app developers to essentially “write once” and know that their app can run, unchanged, across the entire Microsoft Windows 10 ecosystem, is very enticing. It’s less work for a developer. This will lure developers to make lots of apps and lots of apps will lure in new customers.
Of course today’s PC’s are more than powerful enough to run these apps that will be written to this interface with no problem. They’ll still run regular Windows binaries. Think “apps vs applications”.
Windows 10 for phones, or Windows Mobile, will be replacing Windows Phone. It’s a combination of Windows Phone and Windows RT. (the tablet thing)
Microsoft is making light and dark themes for Microsoft Windows 10 operating system that will match those on Windows Mobile for phones and tablets. They are really taking this unified thing to a serious level!
Frankly, the whole app thing, for PC’s, is silly. I get that they are trying to do, and you’ll have people buy in, but just as with apps that run in Google Chrome the web browser, who really uses them? I know of no Android users who really use Chrome apps inside the Chrome browser. It’s not exactly the same thing, but it’s similar enough that it kind of reminded me of that. PC users will continue to look for applications written for “Windows” and run old Windows apps on “Windows” for years to come.
Heck, one of the only reasons that I keep Windows on my main behemoth notebook is the need to run one particular Internet search keyword app which happens to be a Windows app. I love that program, enough to suffer with Windows on at least one machine.
I think it’s great that they put the Start Menu back. They are combining it with the tiled interface that came to be despised in Windows 8, but it’s less intrusive and doesn’t take over the desktop.
Search is reintegrated into the Start Menu and overall OS, and it taps into Windows Search and Internet Search.
Microsoft Windows 10 Cortana is a Major Feature
Windows Cortana, named after the sexy computer personality from the popular HALO video game series, is a Siri like female voice assistant that can take voice cues via speech recognition and set up things like calendar dates, open apps, close apps, and basically operate the Windows 10 Operating System via voice control.
See a developer preview here. Hopefully they’ll leave the video up for archival purposes…
Okay so this all looks sexy, but as a grey beard, it doesn’t impress me. I hate voice control. I prefer to operate my peecee mano a mano.
Call me old school.
The newer generation likes it.
My son loves operating his tablet via voice control, so maybe this will catch on.
Until Cortana appears and does a lap dance in person, I’ll remain uninterested.
Windows 10 Universal Apps and this Continuum Thing
If the WinRT development paradigm can be updated to provide more punch, then Windows 10 can really benefit. While Win32 doesn’t support the now ubiquitous high DPI displays out of the box, WinRT does, so it’s well suited to the job.
Continuum is the ability for an app to adjust and morph between devices, which can be automatic during runtime or during different sessions depending on the device running it. For example, same session adaptation would be if you had a notebook that could switch to tablet mode and back again. The running program could adapt automatically to a different PC vs tablet interface with the different controls and things of that nature. The other example would be if you access the same app from different devices, like a PC, tablet, or a Windows Phone.
Microsoft Windows 10 Multitasking and Screen Share Locking
Windows 10 will also have a way to carousel through running programs and choose which one to shift focus to, as well as a screen locking feature where you can lock certain apps to the screen at the same time, which is a feature that is aimed at PC’s and tablets but obviously can’t really work on a small screen device such as a phone.
Microsoft Windows 10 Release Date and Price
Many people wonder when is Windows 10 coming out. Well, Windows 10 release is slated for late 2015, but developer and preview releases are out. I don’t run it, but I know at least one developer who does and so far he reports that it’s rough and buggy. That’s to be expected with developer releases, so it’s no big worry for the eventual normal end users out there who are waiting for salvation from Windows 8.
As for the Microsoft Windows 10 price, there is some good news. Due to the unpopularity of Windows 8, Microsoft is in defensive mode trying to keep and grow market share, so they have announced a Windows 10 free upgrade – Yes! -a free Windows 10 upgrade for the first year that it is out to Windows 7 and 8 users. There has been speculation as to the wording of the announcement, since “free for a year” can imply a subscription based model after the year is up, but as soon as the rumors started going around virally, Microsoft has come out to deny that they have any plans for a subscription based model for Windows 10 pricing, so that’s a relief. If they want to win back market share, then moving to a subscription based model would be the most asinine thing that even Microsoft could try and get away with, and they wouldn’t.
As for Windows 10 requirements, or how powerful your system needs to be in order to run it, Microsoft claims that Windows 10 requirements will be no more than that needed to run Windows 8. So, any powerful system that can run Windows 7 or 8 effectively will be able to deal with Windows 10. I guess the constant need for system hardware upgrades has finally slowed down a bit to give computer owners a break from constant hardware upgrade cycles. I still say get another cheap machine and get acquainted with Linux, but many people, I guess, are just too lazy to think outside the box in that way.
If you are a developer or otherwise qualified, and are thinking of an eventual upgrade to Windows 10, then you can head on over to Microsoft and get a free Windows 10 download and try it out, but make sure it’s not on a machine that you depend on to get real work done. You can even set it up to install via Windows Update. Beta software is buggy. You’ve been warned.
I hope that this was a useful Windows 10 Review, at least a review of what Windows 10 features to expect when it’s released. Many people are waiting anxiously on the Windows 10 release date to arrive so that they can finally ditch the terrible Windows 8 interface for good. While Microsoft Windows 10 will retain some of that, they have backed off enough to reinstate the Windows Start Menu that many have come to rely on and are so used to and comfortable with. They learned that a PC is not a tablet, and shouldn’t be treated as such.