There was a wide speculation on the impeding Microsoft Windows operating system’s name. Some thought of futuristic names like Windows Threshold, Windows X whilst the less daring settled with the more Sensible Windows 9 – as rumored a few months ago (here is a speculation post I wrote a few weeks ago Windows 9 Rumors – It Could Be More Desktop Friendly).
We were all wrong. Microsoft officially gave the next-gen OS a name we all didn’t expect: Windows 10. Whilst this could be a reflection of the much-desired rift between the new OS and the floundering Windows 8 flop, no one can put a weight to the balance at this tender age.
The theme of the OS revolves around making something useful across platforms – an effort that seeks to redeem the popularity tainted by the touch screen biased Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
A statement of the company’s desire proves its desire to capture different devices other than the expected portable devices and personal computers hints on a more flexible operating system that will keep the 5” phablet users entertained without losing the interest of the PC game enthusiast on a souped up gaming PC sporting an ultra HD 80” screen.
In what seems like an indirect admittance of the Windows 8 failure, Joe Bellifore, Corporate Vice President, explained the Windows 7 like look by stating that it will help make the transition from the popular Windows 7 to Windows 10 more user friendly. Clearly, the OS giant has learnt better than taking someone off ‘’First generation Prius” into a Sci-Fi like super car.
Top on the list of new features is an amalgamation of the infamous Metro start menu with the widely accepted Start Menu found on Windows 7. In addition to this, users will have their Windows back. Launching an App will open it in a normal window other than the space-consuming environment traditional to Windows 8.
The last notable additional, though not an invention, is the ability to host multiple workspaces (Desktops). You can load up to four apps on your screen. This says a lot about the operating system’s ability to multitask. Though commendable, this is old news since Linus and Mac OS have been using multiple Workspaces for quite some time now.