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Windows 10: 7 Pressing Questions For Microsoft

Microsoft's Windows 10 announcements and earnings call gave a snapshot of its future but also raised many questions in the tech community.
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What will the Windows 10 system requirements be? Will the new operating system function on older machines?

Those curious about downloading the new OS can access the Windows Insider website, which lists the necessary software requirements. These include a 1GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage space. If a machine was built within the last 7 to 8 years and can effectively run Windows 8.1, it can handle Windows 10. It can be assumed that when the final version of the system launches, it will support the same requirements.

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What will the Windows 10 system requirements be? Will the new operating system function on older machines?

Those curious about downloading the new OS can access the Windows Insider website, which lists the necessary software requirements. These include a 1GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage space. If a machine was built within the last 7 to 8 years and can effectively run Windows 8.1, it can handle Windows 10. It can be assumed that when the final version of the system launches, it will support the same requirements.

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pcharles09
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1/31/2015 | 4:09:32 PM
Re: Time will tell
@mejiac,

That's one check in the positive column for me already!
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/31/2015 | 4:02:45 PM
Re: Time will tell
@pcharles09,

Oh, I concur, not only is it distracting, I can also lead to loss of productivity.

I think this is why Windows 10 provides the option to re-enable the classic start menu, which I bet most enterprises will probably configuer it to be both the default and not allow the user the option to revert to the metro UI (which has been pointed in various forums, it's just plain distracting)
pcharles09
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1/30/2015 | 6:55:02 PM
Re: Time will tell
@mejiac,

I can understand the interface on the surface but not a laptop. Most business users wouldn't use a touch screen for office use. It slows oyu down in many instances. I know because I've asked.
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Kelly22,
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1/29/2015 | 3:02:03 PM
Re: Trying to get ahead of the curve
Thanks, @mejiac! I'm hoping we can get some definitive answers as Microsoft continues development. As for the free upgrade, I agree that it was a smart move. If Windows 10 can live up to the hype, Microsoft will have plenty of happy campers.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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1/29/2015 | 2:56:34 PM
Re: Time will tell
@asksqn, laughing at your reference to Windows 8 as a "steaming pile of fail" -- I know plenty of consumers would agree. You're right, it does look like Microsoft is addressing its shortcomings (or at least, it seems to be). Hopefully Windows 10 won't fail to meet expectations.
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1/29/2015 | 2:51:58 PM
Universal apps
Apple made it work when it was transitioning Macintosh between POWER and x86, but the cost was much bigger execs.  I'm guessing that MS will have to do the same or rely on some sort of bytecode interpreter.

 "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" is probably the least escapeable of all engineering principles (except possibly for the laws of thermodynamics).

 
mejiac
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mejiac,
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1/29/2015 | 2:34:07 PM
Trying to get ahead of the curve
Kelly,

Excellent Article!

I think you capture the questions that most of us have in our heads, and most companies are worrying about.

I do think that Microsoft is definitly heading down the right path, since providing a free OS is something that many folks will seek to adopt when it becomes available (specially students and consuomers on a budget)

Building an Ecosystem that's consistent across different platforms is essential for microsoft (which is one of the things I love about Android and chrome)

So really looking forward to it
mejiac
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1/29/2015 | 2:30:55 PM
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@[email protected],

For many companies, even thought developers really dislike working with IE (specially with legacy applications that are only certified to work on the old IE8), sadly for many industries (specially those like finance) default to IE because of it's security features (although this can be debated)
mejiac
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1/29/2015 | 2:28:58 PM
Re: Time will tell
@pcharles09,

I share your thoughts.... I also didn't adopt Windows 8, since I honestly just didn't find it appealing, not to mention that the Metro UI was more of a distraction than anything else.

I will say that using the Surface Pro was actually pretty good, granted ony when traveling and the occasional email.
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1/29/2015 | 2:27:06 PM
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@[email protected],

I've been test driving Windows 10 Technical Preview since it was made availble. As I've posted I've honestly haven't had any major issues (yeah, it does freeze up on me sometimes, but only with specific software use, i.e. Itunes for some reason). I honestly like it and am definitly looking forward for it to be made avaialble for the Enterprise...the Multiple Desktop features is something that I actually found to increase my productivity, and the ability to run apps on the desktop was definitly a good plus (I motivied me to dedicated a PC has a HTPC)
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