Windows 10 – What to look forward to

January 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

The Recent Windows 10 event highlighted how their new CEO Satya Nadella is restructuring how Microsoft runs not only business, but their bread and butter, the Windows operating system. So what’s new, and what do we have to look forward to?

Well the first big announcement is that it will be free, that’s right. If you are currently using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1. You will get the upgrade for free. While Apple has done this for years with OSX, it is a marked shift in business strategy. Simply put, if people continue to use your platform, you can control what you sell on that platform.

Windows 10 also introduces Cortana, their competitor to Apple’s Siri, and from the onset it looks good. According to Windows, Cortana will be able to do dictation, search the web, and perform common tasks. While it’s still not clear what these ‘common tasks’ will be, the functionality will have to out-perform Siri if Windows hopes to catch up.

Another exciting announcement is Project Spartan, a brand new web browser! Hopefully this signals the end of everyone’s least favourite browser. Some features that have been mentioned include being able to share pages with others, as well as the ability to annotate directly on the shared page and add clippings.

I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more about Windows 10 in the near future, outside the operating system itself; Windows has mentioned the integration with Holographic technologies, as well as camera-connected touch screens aimed squarely at collaborative meetings. 

Windows is in desperate need of PR comeback as the world seemingly sees Apple as a growing and somewhat superior competitor, so we can expect them to pull out all the stops on this release. Expect a free upgrade in late-2015.


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