Windows 10: 5 Reasons It Matters, 5 Key Concerns - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
News
7/29/2015
06:06 AM
Kelly Sheridan
Kelly Sheridan
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail

Windows 10: 5 Reasons It Matters, 5 Key Concerns

The Windows 10 rollout has officially begun. Here are five reasons we're excited about the OS, and a few concerns for its future.
2 of 11

Why It Matters: It's Not Windows 8 
Nobody -- not consumers, businesses, or developers -- liked Windows 8. The interface revamp, which proved frustrating to anyone hoping for familiar laptop or desktop functionality, was enough to encourage most people to stick with predecessor Windows 7.
There's a touch of Windows 8 influence in the new OS, as Microsoft decided to combine features from both Windows 7 and 8 in the Windows 10 design. The desktop is reminiscent of Windows 7, but the Start menu (which is back at home in the lower left-hand corner) consists of Live Tiles you'll recognize from Windows 8. These provide access to a customizable collection of apps, including Mail, Calendar, News, Photos, Music, Weather, and the Windows Store. Instead of taking up the full screen, the tiles don't pop up until you access the Start menu via the Windows button.
Windows 10 is generally better designed for desktop use. Windows 8 was optimized for touchscreens, a tremendous mistake that left PC users navigating tablet mode with a mouse and keyboard. The fresh design accommodates PCs and tablets with modes for each type of device; hybrid products, such as the Surface, can transition between the two by adding or disconnecting a keyboard.
The bottom line: if you're running Windows 8 and hate it, do yourself a favor and go for the free upgrade. Chances are, you won't be worse off.
(Image: Microsoft)

Why It Matters: It's Not Windows 8

Nobody -- not consumers, businesses, or developers -- liked Windows 8. The interface revamp, which proved frustrating to anyone hoping for familiar laptop or desktop functionality, was enough to encourage most people to stick with predecessor Windows 7.

There's a touch of Windows 8 influence in the new OS, as Microsoft decided to combine features from both Windows 7 and 8 in the Windows 10 design. The desktop is reminiscent of Windows 7, but the Start menu (which is back at home in the lower left-hand corner) consists of Live Tiles you'll recognize from Windows 8. These provide access to a customizable collection of apps, including Mail, Calendar, News, Photos, Music, Weather, and the Windows Store. Instead of taking up the full screen, the tiles don't pop up until you access the Start menu via the Windows button.

Windows 10 is generally better designed for desktop use. Windows 8 was optimized for touchscreens, a tremendous mistake that left PC users navigating tablet mode with a mouse and keyboard. The fresh design accommodates PCs and tablets with modes for each type of device; hybrid products, such as the Surface, can transition between the two by adding or disconnecting a keyboard.

The bottom line: if you're running Windows 8 and hate it, do yourself a favor and go for the free upgrade. Chances are, you won't be worse off.

(Image: Microsoft)

2 of 11
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
rmawn352
50%
50%
rmawn352,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/4/2015 | 6:53:11 PM
Lenovo X1 Carbon
I got all excited after I updated my desktop. Now on to the laptop.  Not so excited anymore. Laptop is kaput.  Waiting for Lenovo to replace the machine. 
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
7/31/2015 | 8:02:29 AM
Re: recommend
A good number of PCs inside companies with Volume Licenses still come pre-loaded with Windows so there isn't much that should be different in those cases.  I haven't heard anything from my Microsoft reps on this but have had no trouble upgrading a handful of test boxes so I don't think that Microsoft is making the rules different in this case.  As long as you already have Win 7 or 8 installed they want you on Win 10.
mak63
50%
50%
mak63,
User Rank: Ninja
7/30/2015 | 11:27:19 PM
Re: recommend
I don't believe people on Volume Licensing will be getting Windows 10 as home users will. I don't even think they will be getting the free upgrade either. Kelly might know that better though.
MichaelM027
50%
50%
MichaelM027,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/30/2015 | 12:30:17 PM
Windows what
Problem with Windows 8 - Metro/Modern didn't work for old folks at home or younger people at work who weren't using tablets - too much like Apple to those of us who HATE Apple - last gift from Steve "I'll tell you what you want and you'll like it" Balmer. Problem with Windows 10- wasn't one until Microsoft started telling us 10 will be the last Windows. Not a smart move because I don't to buy the last of anything.
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
7/30/2015 | 8:14:15 AM
Re: recommend
I've installed on a few machines already, the UI improvements are enough that I would tell Win 7 users to jump over 8 and go to 10 now.  Anyone who was using Win 8 will adapt quickly so the upgrade there will be very smooth for them.   I'm seeing now on home PCs that the update is automatically downloading and inviting users to upgrade.  That's a pretty bold move on Microsoft's part and luckily either they aren't pushing that on volume licensed PCs or the domain registration is preventing that little feature.  I think a lot of IT groups would lose their minds if that happened inside their corporate network. 
mak63
50%
50%
mak63,
User Rank: Ninja
7/29/2015 | 10:19:14 PM
recommend
The July 29 rollout will be limited to Windows Insiders

I'd like to point out that Build 10240 is the RTM. I've been playing around with this Build for a few days now. As the author says: "a work in progress". Nonetheless, I will recommend Windows 10 to pretty much everyone with Win 7 or 8,
asksqn
50%
50%
asksqn,
User Rank: Ninja
7/29/2015 | 6:03:39 PM
When Windows Grows Up It Wants to Be Linux
The continual overhyping of Win10 greatly amuses me since MS heavily borrowed from Linux for its "new & improved" features.  For years, Linux users have enjoyed the "innovations"  MS now touts for Win10. 
feskridge
50%
50%
feskridge,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/29/2015 | 12:21:29 PM
Analytics Platform
What is an "analytics platform"?
SaneIT
50%
50%
SaneIT,
User Rank: Ninja
7/29/2015 | 8:22:14 AM
Win8 vs Win10
"Nobody – not consumers, businesses, or developers – liked Windows 8. "

Well not at first, it was a very big step going from Windows 7 to 8 but 8.1 eased a lot of that frustration.  The problem is people want new things but they have limits on what you can change.  Microsoft pushed the Modern UI too hard and nearly died on that hill.  I think another of the article's points comes in to play here the PC market is shrinking.  People are carrying computers with them everywhere they go, there is a different expectation and software companies have to keep that in mind. 
Commentary
The Best Way to Get Started with Data Analytics
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  7/8/2020
Slideshows
10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  6/24/2020
News
IT Trade Shows Go Virtual: Your 2020 List of Events
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/29/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
Slideshows
Flash Poll