For those of you who are still clinging to Microsoft’s operating systems, I have news for you. Microsoft recently announced that their next upgrade to their operating system will be Windows 10. For unknown reasons, they intentionally decided to skip Windows 9. I wonder why?
During the announcement event, Microsoft only revealed small parts of the new update. Windows 10 will be available for all types of devices, anything from a four-inch smartphone to an 80-inch TV. Microsoft is looking for incredible scalability as well, with Windows 10 able to run on a small microprocessor or on something fit for Azure servers.
Windows 10 is aimed for everyone. Microsoft has turned back on the radical ideas of Windows 8, the Metro UI and full touch-interface, replacing it with a more timid crossover between Windows 7 and the infamous Windows 8.
This crossover looks to be the bridge in the gap we all want. It brings back the Start Menu, but with a new funky Metro UI. For power users, Microsoft is adding Task View and Snap Attachments, to give second or third monitor users more room to work and be productive.
Microsoft is also pushing Windows 10 to the enterprise, with more security, a simple interface that does not need to be “taught” to employees and a bigger split between personal and professional accounts.
What we didn’t get from the announcement were facts. We still don’t know how much Windows 10 will cost, if it will be a subscription model or free for Windows 8 buyers. We do know that it will be released after BUILD on April 2015, but Microsoft wouldn’t talk about universal apps or Windows Phone.
This announcement will not affect me. I’m presently using Windows 7 Home Premium, and don’t have the intention of changing it until my computer eventually gives up and says, “No Más”. As long of Windows 7 does its thing, I’m a happy man. I felt the same way with Windows XP. If my old HP desktop hadn’t fried up, I would still be using that venerable and dependable operating system. Planned obsolescence is not for me, no matter what they say.