Windows 10 may just seem like the next major release of an old-time standard desktop operating system, but there is a lot more at play.
Windows 10 is an entirely new version of Microsoft’s standard desktop operating system. It’s also a bit of a microcosm of the greater Microsoft ecosystem. Microsoft is a very different company than when it released Windows 8. A new CEO and management team lead the company and it is now embracing open standards, providing seamless integration into Cloud services, and creating better mobile computing capabilities.
Windows 8 came as a bit of a disappointment following the successful Windows 7 platform. The dramatic changes to the user interface were meant to be innovative and serve as an introduction into a new interface paradigm. Instead the changes proved to be too dramatic and difficult for users to learn, leaving many people extremely frustrated.
So a lot of people are watching to see how successful (or not) Windows 10 will be. This is a make-or-break time for Microsoft. In an era where global PC shipments continue to decline, and mobile phone sales soar, Microsoft needed a shift in strategy to generate more interest from developers to write apps that run across a variety of devices. Success would reinforce Microsoft’s position as a major player in not just the desktop, but also the mobile operating system game. However, lack of adoption could set them back even further behind Apple iOS and Google Android.
Windows 10 delivers a refined, simplified and well-integrated operating system that works across mobile, tablet, PC and Xbox devices, helping to streamline business processes across an entire organization, making the upgrade a serious option for business owners. And best of all, the price is right — it’s a free upgrade for most users.
Here are the top new and improved Windows 10 features that can help improve business processes:
1. The Start Menu
After a three year hiatus, it’s finally back! And looks better than ever.
The new Start menu is a bit of a hybrid between the classic Windows 7 menu and the full screen menu that first appeared in Windows 8. The good news is that it can be highly customized to fit individual and/or company needs. And third party customization tools like Start10 from Stardock provide additional styles for users to explore.
2. Your own personal assistant
The Cortana personal virtual assistant takes a page out of Apple’s Siri playbook. It provides a natural language speech capability to do anything from setting reminders, looking up files, identifying music, searching the web, performing calculations and a host of other capabilities aimed at providing a more productive user experience. It remains to be seen however if Cortana has a Siri-like sense of humor.
3. Browsing in style
Finally recognizing that there is life beyond Internet Explorer, Microsoft has introduced a new lightweight browser called Edge (previously codenamed project Spartan). It’s the default browser for Windows 10 and delivers on its promise of providing fast page rendering times. Edge has comes with some cool annotation and note taking capabilities.
The article was originally published on CMSWire on Sep 09, 2015 and is re-posted here by permission.