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Windows 10 Vs. Windows 8: 10 Differences

Microsoft recently released a preview of Windows 10. The new OS looks to unify the user experience across different platforms, but how does it compare to Windows 8?
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Microsoft, the leader in the PC operating system market in the 1990s and early 2000s, has been facing stiff competition from open source Linux and Apple's Mac OS X over the years, as well as from the megatrend of workers relying on an array of mobile devices, such as smartphones, and moving away from traditional desktops.

To compete, Microsoft is preparing to deliver a new OS, jumping from Windows 8 to Windows 10. This new and improved OS, which Redmond is expected to release later this year, is built from a blend of existing and old operating systems. Windows 10 offers features that Microsoft is promising will provide its users with seamless integration across all device platforms.

Microsoft has gone back to the old days with the inclusion of the Start menu, which was missing from Windows 8. Another significant boost is that the company plans to include the personal digital assistant Cortana in the desktop version.

[Read more about Windows 10.]

The other big news is the inclusion of a new browser, code-named Spartan.

Here are a few new features and improvements over Windows 8 that IT managers, administrators, and even some CIOs may find interesting in Windows 10, especially when compared to the previous version of the OS:

New features in Windows 10:

  • Single platform for smartphones, tablets, and PCs
  • Return of Start menus
  • New browser, code-named Spartan
  • Multiple desktops
  • Cortana personal assistant for desktops

Improvements:

  • Improved Command Prompt
  • Unified app store
  • Advanced menu for settings
  • More options for Task View
  • Revised File Explorer and icons

With Windows 10 in preview, and Microsoft and its users testing the new operating system, InformationWeek is looking at the differences between Windows 8 -- which has struggled to find a market in much the same way that Windows Vista did -- and Windows 10, which Microsoft (as well as the entire PC industry) is betting on to reinvigorate the market. Here's a look at the key differences between the two operating systems, as well as things all levels of IT should know to help make decisions about and prepare for an upgrade down the line.

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moarsauce123
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10/28/2015 | 9:24:54 AM
Re: Still no tabs in Windows Explorer?
You're an idiot. If you don't know the difference between Windows Explorer (which actually DOESN'T have tabs) and Internet Explorer, then why would you bother posting something you know nothing about? Windows Explorer does not have tabs in Windows 10. IE does, but that's a completely different thing.
DaveR687
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9/21/2015 | 12:19:06 PM
Re: One operating system to rule them all
I look at all your comment good and bad, but the one thing no one has mentioned is the software agrement. in this agreement you give microsoft the right to collect data about you, about the apps you run and the way you use them and if that isn't enough you have also agreed to let micrsoft download updates to your computer with it asking any further permissions. it is not enough just to disable these in the setup, apart from the updates these are mandatory, look in fgedite.csm and see what other information they are also collecting. Also one drive is installed but it doesn't apeare on your system you now have to log into your microsoft account to see what's been uploaded and to download files.
AlurL137
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AlurL137,
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8/5/2015 | 11:59:37 AM
Who cares?
Who cares about the difference between Win 10 and 8? Most savvy users didn't adopt Windows 8. I had 8.1 on one of my computers, and I couldn't care less what changes were made to Window 10. The street-wise know that Windows 10 is an update of Windows 7 not windows 8. 
ChrisK635
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ChrisK635,
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8/4/2015 | 2:00:50 PM
Re: Still no tabs in Windows Explorer?
That's not true. IE has had tabbed viewing for quite a awhile, and that certainly carried over to Windows 10 as well. It's natively right there in front of you. What version of IE are you using?
ChrisK635
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ChrisK635,
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8/4/2015 | 1:57:19 PM
Re: Same old same old.
Microsoft developed Windows 10 be a single common OS that runs on any Microsoft device such as Windows Phones, Surfaces, and Desktops.  It has absolutely nothing to do with iPhone or Android, nor was it ever intended to. You have completely misunderstood all of this.
ChrisK635
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8/4/2015 | 1:54:44 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
The days of DOS where each application and all of its dependencies were self-contained in a single folder dedicated for that application was horrible. I am quite surprised you would even bring this up. It is simply not suitable in today's environments where different apps closely integrated with each other. No modern operating system handles apps the way DOS used to, and that is for extremely good reason. As for Windows 10, all of my hardware worked fine except for my printer which is pretty good. The manufacturer of that printer did not create any drivers beyond Windows 7.  I installed the Windows 7 driver under Windows 10 and it worked perfectly fine.

 
laredoflash
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3/30/2015 | 3:41:38 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
Yep, Windows 10 is catching up to Linux. Of course, when Windows 10 gets here, Linux will have moved on to bigger and better things.
laredoflash
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3/30/2015 | 3:41:35 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
Yep, Windows 10 is catching up to Linux. Of course, when Windows 10 gets here, Linux will have moved on to bigger and better things.
glenbren
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3/28/2015 | 3:31:07 PM
Re: One operating system to rule them all
I NEVER looked forward to a new version of Windows in the past. Somehow, the things I liked best about the current version would always disapear, to be replaced by tools I would never use. I certainly don't want Windows on all my devices, but I am looking forward to Windows 10 for my desktop/laptops. I found almost all the items on the slideshow to be interesting.
ANON1248276995498
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3/28/2015 | 10:32:40 AM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
TerryB,

You brought up an interesting comment about your global company just making the jump from windows xp to win 7. I think there are 4 basic reasons why it takes so long for businesses (and perhaps consumers) to make the big jump:

Roll-out costs: the new OS may require hardware upgrades and may not be compatible with legacy software. This is huge because most people have the attitude, "why fix what is not broken?" or "why take the risk?" It's a shame that MS hasn't figured out a better way to abstract out your programs from core of Windows. Do you remember the DOS days? Most of your programs could care less whether your computer was running DOS 3.2, DOS 5, or DOS 6.6 because programs in those days were all contained and relied on the files that were in their program folder. In fact, I remember how you could just copy a program folder to a floppy disk, take that floppy to another computer with the upgraded version of DOS, and run it from the floppy. It would be cool to Install an upgrade of Windows and not have to worry about which programs are now broken or have to be reinstalled.

Configuration costs: MS has done a pretty good job with upgrade solutions; however, some applications, hardware drivers, printer drivers, etc may still have to be reinstalled and reconfigured. It would be nice to just install the new OS and be up and running 20 minutes later. Unfortunately, I have found that problems, errors, and issues you may have had with the previous version, generally speaking, will be carried over into the upgrade. Experience has taught me that the best way to upgrade you PC is to reformat the hard drive and start with a fresh, new install of Windows. This means that you will have to reinstall all of your programs, and this is where some the true cost of the upgrade will manifest itself.

Training costs: Ugh! What happened to the Windows 8 tutorial? What a nightmare!

Support costs: Ugh! What happened to the Windows 8 tutorial?
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