Windows 10 arrived with much fanfare at a series of worldwide launch events on July 29, heralding its formal release in 190 countries, including Australia.
At the time of writing this blog, it had been installed on 14 million PCs in the first week – buoyed largely by the fact it is a free upgrade for the first year for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users. The Windows 10 operating system is a ‘just right’ compromise between the familiar dependability of Windows 7 and the forward looking touchscreen vision of Windows 8. The system has been built from the ground up to pursue Microsoft’s vision of a unified operating system that spans all devices without alienating any one platform.
With Windows 10, just about every facet of the operating system was been tweaked and updated, a few new features have been rolled in including:
- A leaner, faster Internet Explorer replacement called Edge
- Microsoft’s voice controlled virtual assistant, Cortana
- The ability to stream real-time games to your desktop from an Xbox One in another room
- Virtual Desktops
- Functional start up menu.
Windows 10 brings a lot new opportunities and the end of an uneasy journey with the release of Windows 8 in 2012. Ironically, the demand for touchscreen devices is fast becoming the norm, everything from convertible tablets with detachable keyboards to 2-1 devices. For those who cannot part with the good old fashion keyboard and mouse, Windows 10 is the perfect user experience. The Start menu has made a comeback, and the live tiles from the Windows 8 home screen still exists but they’ve been attached to the Start Menu.
Learning new tricks
Picking one favourite new feature would be virtual desktops. Click the new Task View button on the task bar and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of all the apps you’ve got open. Drag one of those apps onto the desktop button, and it’ll be moved to its own independent work space. There’s not limit to the amount of virtual desktops you can create.
As always, there are some within the Windows ecosystem that are taking a more traditional approach to OS upgrades. As with any new roll out, there will always be a few bugs.
The ‘blue screen error message’ that first made an appearance in Windows 8.1 installs is back, and continues to annoy would-be upgraders.
There has also been concerns of a bug that disables wireless for users that upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. The problem affects users that also have either a Cisco VPN client or a SonicWall Global VPN client installed.
Other users have found limits to the number of Windows 10 Start menu shortcuts you can have, and even some intermittent issues with Ctrl+C.
All of which means that if you’re thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 in your business, it’s a good idea to talk to your service provider first.
I don’t see these bugs dissuading businesses from upgrading, however, and neither does analyst firm Tech Research Asia (TRA).
In a study of 301 business decision makers that was commissioned by Microsoft Australia, TRA found 75 percent of respondents intended to upgrade to Windows 10 within two years.
In addition, over 60 percent of the businesses surveyed said they intended to be on Windows 10 within a year.
Those willing to make the leap believed Windows 10 represents a real improvement over its predecessors.
At a launch for the commercial editions of Windows 10 last week, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions and Makita Australia emerged as early testers of the new operating system that had seen enough to move forward with its deployment.
While business customers do not qualify for the free upgrade offer afforded to consumer users, active Software Assurance customers in Volume Licensing can upgrade as part of their existing benefits.
With early reviews very positive, the future for Windows 10 looks bright.
“Windows 10 is hugely exciting. I rarely touch my MacBook Air anymore as I find the combination of some good hardware (like the Dell XPS 13) and Windows 10 is a joy to use,” The Verge said.
“The best part of Windows 10 is that it ends the cycle of good and bad in favour of something great.”
“Windows 10 delivers the most refined desktop experience ever from Microsoft, and yet it’s so much more than that,” Engadget said.
“It’s nice, for once, to be able to recommend a new version of Windows without any hesitation.”
Call your service provider Brennan IT today to see how Windows 10 can benefit you.