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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


  • 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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User Rank: Apprentice
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.
User Rank: Strategist
3/26/2015 | 11:19:28 AM
Re: Same old same old.
That's what I'm thinking. I'm also optimistic because Microsoft is relying heavily on user feedback in development. Not only will Windows 10 (hopefully) address the errors in Windows 8, but it will build on requests for fixes and features directly from Insiders.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/22/2015 | 8:10:43 AM
Same old same old.
Seems many of these "improvements" where stated at the Win8 rollout and again way back at the Win7 rollout. Maybe Win10 will actually deliver them, MS also has a propensity to fix things that aren't broken so I'm wondering which features or functions they are going to screw up this time around.
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