Windows 10 makes its way to see the light after the summer and it has been a couple months since Microsoft began its Technical Preview program, which allowed the users to try the different changed introduced in this Operative System. A more traditional interface which in turn will allow the junction of different devices to a single platform, not common but more homogenous.
Windows 10 combines a more traditional interface with the possibility to use the same application on different platforms besides the traditional desktop apps. The traditional Start menu is back but with the “tiles” system introduced by Windows 8 based on the system used on Microsoft’s mobile Operative System.
It looks like Windows 10 has merged the best of two worlds with a behavior adapted to every type of device. New mobile and desktop apps like the previews we know from Microsoft Office. We can enjoy a more adapted interface of this new Word, Excel and Power Point previews (accessible from the new App Store Beta) on any light touchscreen device such as a tablet with high app performance, but for now, with technical limitation on the classic desktop alternatives. There’s definitely more work to do but so far it looks promising
It is remarkable the long way Windows 10 has come ever since their first beta versions, but not the way we would all like. Certainly, the new notification area and the new search panel are notable improvements and are now closer to be completed and perfected. You can see the first steps of incorporating Cortana (only available in US yet) and even small interface elements have been refined and adjusted. One of them, their new control panel from where you can adjust the different settings for our system.
Some technical improvements have been introduced as well, such as the integration of the last generation’s video codec and there’s also a more advanced tablet mode which gives us a good picture of what we will be able to enjoy in portable and hybrid devices. In this case, the interface is more like the one from Windows 8.1, with partial and complete window modes, which we can distribute at will without losing the possibilities to use the conventional apps. In fact, task bar has remained the same and we can access the virtual desktop functions and other improvements we knew from Windows 10.
But from my point of view it not all improvements. The return to the traditional One Drive, where we select the folder synchronization as we would do in Dropbox, or to be more precise, as we do on the One Drive client from Windows 7 and 8. It’s a big step backwards from One Drive’s unconditional power in Windows 8.1. In Windows 8.1 we could select each file individually for its online and offline use, and that’s something that no other cloud sync client did. In fact, I believe that it’s just a way of limiting the “infinite” real capacity that they offer on their Office subscriptions, especially on low storage devices such as tablets, Mini PC’s or bare bone laptops with SSD units.
The tablet mode does not bring us back to a Modern UI; we will have a Start button and a traditional task bar.
Microsoft wants to return its users to their familiar environment and has even introduced a new update mode from the Operative System’s update panel; something that was moved to the store for the Windows 8.1 extension, and is now available for those who want to migrate from Windows 8.1 and 7. DirectX 12 has also begun to show its potential even above of other low level APIs like Mantle, and that gives us hope of a new game generation that is able to take advantage of the last graphic processing cycle that is yet to come and on the one that exist as well.
Despite the controversy and the disappointment I have felt towards the new One Drive approach, the truth is that Windows 10 is progressing well and so does the fundamental pillar of the Microsofts’s Ecosystem, same or more important than Windows, as is Office. The free System updates, for the final users, and the introduction of the new office apps for all kinds of devices with the Office firm are restoring people’s faith in the brand.
Despite the claims of some analysts, I think Microsoft has gone on the right way and as a result they can defend themselves, thanks also to the adaptation of the x86 architecture, the new times that run with a more solid platform where to recover the lost ground.