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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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rjones2818
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3/25/2015 | 10:34:18 AM
Nice Ad!
It looks like bells and whistles to me, which might not be a bad thing.  8.1's fine once you get away from the tiles page, so 10 should be fine, also.  Will it spark a buying frenzy?  Probably not as much as MS hopes, unless MS moves up in the tablet (etc.) rankings.
John Albertini
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John Albertini,
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3/25/2015 | 9:47:25 AM
W 10 vs W 8
Who cares?  No one uses Windows 8 do they, LOL?!
jkwalker111
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jkwalker111,
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3/25/2015 | 9:37:00 AM
Still no tabs in Windows Explorer?
Something missing for a long time has been tabs in Windows Explorer.  I'm surprised to not see it included (yet) in Win10.  There are utilities to provide the facility but I'd greatly prefer a native version.
SachinEE
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3/23/2015 | 8:37:43 AM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
@jastroff: Don't get hyped up, it may have severe design flaws. And it won't take over the world just yet. What will take over the world though, is the newer features like One. Wow. That is a great feature.
jastroff
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jastroff,
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3/22/2015 | 7:37:37 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
We can meet back here in 2 years and see if Windows 10 has taken over the world...
jastroff
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3/22/2015 | 7:35:48 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
CHKDSK!
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DDURBIN1,
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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.
SunitaT0
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3/21/2015 | 3:14:51 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
I think Windows 10 has got more to offer than just "presentation". I too feel like windows is going to a path more graphically intensive for lower machines to handle. For e.g. Windows 8.1 x64 needs 2 gb of ram, most office computers have just that, or even lower.
SunitaT0
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3/21/2015 | 3:10:46 PM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
Windows 10 is going to be awesome, particularly because of the One effect. Somehow I see microsoft leading smart home systems through windows 10 (or higher, because of this One-connect) in 2 years time.
looknow12
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3/21/2015 | 5:31:51 AM
Re: Windows 10 - So what?
Windows is not DOS based.  I used to share your argument back in the Windows 3.x days when IBM was competing with OS/2.  Since Windows XP DOS has been left behind and the argument is gone.

Microsoft is allowing free upgrades from the last two major versions, so cost is not an issue either. Migration os very easy, existing applications work great and install time much faster. 

There are a number of other features not mentioned here too.  Snapping Windows to any corner to get a 25% size is very convenient too.  Boot time is drastically improved as well if you're coming from Windows 7.  My pc boots in about 5-6 seconds from cold.
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