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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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ANON1248276995498
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3/28/2015 | 9:40:04 AM
Re: Same old same old.
Talk about hypocrisy! For me, Microsoft lost the web browser battle a long time ago. They want the same OS for all device, yet their own web browser is specific to only one operating system. Will I be able to install IE 12 (or whatever version it is that will come with Win 10) as an app for my IPhone or on my Android based tablet? Will it work on a PC with Win 7... or even Win 8? I doubt it. Google's Chrome fits the one browser for all devices model perfectly... the last I checked, it still works with 14-year old Windows XP.
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jastroff,
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3/27/2015 | 3:22:11 PM
Re: One operating system to rule them all
>> Because Mr. Gates insisted on one OS on all devices. Nobody dares to break the rule.

And it was ever thus
hho927
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3/27/2015 | 2:34:33 PM
Re: One operating system to rule them all
Because Mr. Gates insisted on one OS on all devices. Nobody dares to break the rule.
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3/27/2015 | 7:05:18 AM
Re: Same old same old.
@Kelly22: yes from the recent updates it is clear that they are accommodating user feedbacks. People are talking about the IE replacement would be something similar to its predecessor but for me it hardly matters. Because if they can keep windows hearting beating, they can keep on trying to improve the browser otherwise they will lose the battle on both fronts.
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3/26/2015 | 12:22:18 PM
One operating system to rule them all
One operating system for all your devices... one operating system to rule them all. This sounds like a bad spin off for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sure, I think most people would agree that having a consistent look and method for accessing device features is a good thing. But, is having the same operating system the best way to accomplish this? It cracks me up how this idea seems to be the lead in for most of the articles I read about Windows 8 and 10.

I think most of us have several different devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, cell phones, etc) and have different reasons for owning each of them. As much as I love my cell phone, it would not be my first choice of device to use to update a spreadsheet, type a 2 or more page report, edit a family portrait, or any other project that would better suited for a large screen, keyboard, and mouse.

Rather than coming up with one platform for all devices, I think Microsoft should cater to the strengths of each and then focus on an interface that will help emphasize them. I think Apple caught on this vision early on and recognized that people have different reasons for using their phone and desktops. Accessing programs, personal files, and settings is similar, yet they have two different operating systems. 
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Kelly22,
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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.
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3/26/2015 | 8:28:59 AM
Re: Same old same old.
@DDURBIN1: I think MS has already hit the bottom with the last release and it is really difficult to go below the worst. So I am a little optimistic about the new release as windows 8 has given MS a considerable time and data to analyze and reassess the mistakes and come up with something better. You are right, they just have focus on touching the mistakes from the last release and try not to make any new.
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3/26/2015 | 8:21:29 AM
Re: Nice Ad!
@rjones2818: I don't think MS would be expecting it to be a hit straight away rather they will be more willing to have better words from their customer about their new release. If they can achieve a positive feedback, people will themselves come back to the platform and this will also give a boost to their tablet market.
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3/25/2015 | 10:41:48 PM
Yes, so what?
Windows 10 looks nice!

Does it improve productivity enough to justify the millions that are necessary to upgrade to the latest Microsoft work of art?  I think the value for the typical Corporation still looks very weak.

Ok, it's a free upgrade! I am thinking that may move the average consumer bent on having the latest wear on their desktop/laptop/phone, but will it be enough to move the corporate client?

I think not, but I am reading the tea leaves.

Pesonally, I will be (may be) dragged kicking and screaming into the new Microsoft eco-system for much the same reasons I have avoided the walled garden of Apple. It is all about the collection of personal information and the control of your escape from the walled garden.


Cheers.

 

 
TerryB
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3/25/2015 | 1:26:32 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
@jastroff, not really sure I know where you are coming from. Are you giving your opinion based on the consumer point of view, browsing content from home/mobile, or what is needed in future versions for us using Windows in our businesses? I don't have any idea what you actually do but, if you work for any type of manufacturing company like I do, things haven't changed all that much since the "90's".

I'm not sure when our global company will jump from Win 7 (we just got to that version in last 2-3 years from XP) but Win 10 certainly looks like a viable platform which will not be a training shock for thousands of employees.

I'm very confused what you think this "next big thing" is you are expecting from computers? 3D holographic displays like Tony Stark uses in Iron Man? I've read a lot of your posts, you're normally a very pragmatic person, and certainly not some Apple groupie. But I don't get source of your negative take on this article.

You are certainly correct about upgrade enthusiam waning in enterprises from old days. But that only because the business value you actually gain from the o/s itself gets less from each release. That's not a knock/bad thing, just means the features we need to run an enterprise (domain participation, networking, remote connectivity/support, etc) has reached point there is not much more to add. So I agree we will run Win 7 for quite sometime, probably until MS decides to wrap up patching/support. There is very little MS can do to affect that upgrade to happen sooner. But there is ZERO chance Apple/Linux world is going to do something to move us off Windows at any version.
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