Last Tuesday, to a small room comprised of only a handful of journalist, Microsoft unveiled its next operating system: Windows 10. During this introduction, they placed a heavy emphasis on Windows 10 and the enterprise.
"Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. "This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead."
Open and Collaborative Development
While the official release of the software is still over a year away, Microsoft has introduced the
Windows Insider Program which gives you access to a technical preview of the new Operating System and is available now. Releasing the software this early and getting it into the hands of outside developers is a huge advantage for end users. In addition to helping to debug the software, Microsoft is actively courting feedback on the software by providing Windows Insiders a variety of reporting mechanisms. Never before has Microsoft allowed for this level of feedback in helping shape their operating system.
Familiar Design and Device Specific UI
Microsoft has returned to the familiarity of the Windows 7 user interface. The Start Menu has returned, however it has been enhanced so that you can customize it as you need with your favorite apps and Live Tiles. Another huge boost for productivity will be the inclusion of Multiple Desktops, which allow you to create an assortment desktops for different purposes and projects.
If you have used Windows XP or Windows 7 you will feel right at home one Windows 10. With Windows 8, Microsoft dramatically changed the interface as an attempt to appeal to a new range of devices that are never used with a keyboard or a mouse. Windows 10 retains some of those touch-first advances, but only when it makes sense. The operating system will be responsive depending on the device (and hardware) it is currently running on. Imagine having a Surface 3 tablet in the field with a touch based interface, but when you get back into the office you connect a mouse and a keyboard and the OS will dynamically adjust itself to optimize its interface to best take advantage of the new input devices. The feature that makes all of this seamless to the end user is called 'Continuity' and promises to be a huge boost to usability.
Designed with the enterprise in mind
In addition to enhancements for the end users, enterprise IT will start rejoicing over some of the new features that will be included. Microsoft has simplified management and deployment of devices to help lower the cost, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or 9 that focus on making device wipe and reload scenarios a relic of the past. Microsoft is also providing businesses with more choices for how quickly they adopt their users to the new software updates. IT can roll out some features to one department to test them before rolling them out across the larger organization foot print.
One platform for many devices
Windows 10 also delivers one universal app platform, one security model, and one deployment and management approach. Mobile Devices, Tablets, Laptops, Desktops, Servers, even Xbox will now all be able to run on one version of Windows. This means building a new line of business application will only require writing it once and having it available across all devices.
Security of data is a big issue these days, both for the corporate user and the home user. Windows 10 introduces a bevy of advancements in security and identity protection that are easy to manage and do not compromise the user experience. Microsoft has long had Bitlocker helping protect data as it resides on a device, but once it leaves that device the data becomes vulnerable. Windows 10 is able to provide an additional layer of data protection that follows that data around as it moves from device to device. All of this is invisible to the end user, with no special apps needed to invoke this extra data protection.
Looking Forward to Windows 10
This is an exciting time in the world of Microsoft! Windows 10 promises to bring major advancements in the enterprise, both for the end user and for IT departments. Springhouse will be sure to stay on top of Windows 10 during the development process and continue to bring you any exciting news as it develops. In the meantime if you would like to discuss Office 365, SharePoint, or any other Microsoft technologies please be sure and
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