Windows 10 Is The Best Blend Of Retro And Metro
The much hyped successor of Windows 8 was showcased in the technical preview on September 30, and has so far delighted everyone.
After the confusing layout of Windows 8, Microsoft had been widely criticized for making lives difficult of their PC, smartphones, and tablet users. However, this flagship software is actually letting go of the dependency on the tiled interface and bringing back our much beloved Start menu!
Logically, this OS was supposed to be called Windows 9, but apart from the familiar interface, Microsoft gives us another surprise: these Windows are to be called Windows 10.
Apparently, according to Microsoft’s executive VP of operating systems, Terry Myerson, Windows 10 was such a major breakthrough that the company decided to skip the expected name and jump straight to double digits.
Windows 8 had been designed majorly keeping in mind the touch users, which angered a lot of conventional mouse and keyboard users. Windows 10 incorporates flexibility to both touch and keyboard devices. With touch enabled devices dominating the market rapidly, Microsoft has decided to not completely let go of making touch an integral part of Windows.
If someone uses Windows 10 on a hybrid device with a keyboard and a touch screen — Microsoft’s own Surface is one example — the software will reformat itself with the tile interface when a keyboard is detached.
Coming to the operating system itself, Microsoft has still kept peace with its Metro tiles but has integrated them into the system more subtly now.
The much familiar and decade old Start Menu that we all grew up using is back, and looks even better with tiles popping up instead of the standard listed options as the Start button is clicked.
The left column of the menu is similar to Windows 7 and has frequent apps along with Windows Store Apps. The right column contains the live tiles similar to Windows 8’s.
Moreover, you can drag and drop tiles into the menu according to your preference and can even resize the Start Menu by simply dragging it to the desired length or width.
Then there’s the search tool which not only locally searches for apps or files on the computer, but also searches it on Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine.
Windows 10 is not all about the Start Menu. Microsoft has introduced pretty robust mutitasking features that will not only benefit the average Joe, but also huge enterprises.
The greatest feature is Task View which allows easy switching between apps and desktops, as it shows which apps are being run across all our desktops.
With this feature, the size and orientation of the windows are preserved, so you can even see how the apps are viewed and positioned in each device.
This feature is highly useful to power users who use multiple desktops for their work.
Microsoft may have lost the lead in the tech world lately, but there is no denying Microsoft always listens to and tries incorporating the users’ demands.
Windows 10 is just another example of that.
We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius, and now with Windows 10 it’s like a Tesla.