One of the year's more highly anticipated software updates, Windows 10 has been officially revealed by Microsoft to many tech fans’ pleasure. There’s a new mobile operating system, desktop update and even a pinch of VR tech for us to ogle before an actual release, but what features are looking like prospective winners and losers?
We’re going to take a look at some of the most exciting and some of the more uninspiring parts of Microsoft’s launch ceremony to give you a rundown of what we should be looking forward to. So if you’re still mulling over the possibility of Windows 10, take a look.
Let’s put our best foot forward first shall we? Here we’re going to take a look at some of the features coming with Windows 10 that really get us excited!
Arguably the biggest announcement on the Windows 10 mobile OS side of things was the unification of applications across every kind of Windows 10 device.
To put it simply, this means that apps which work on our PCs, laptops and Xbox’s should be featuring the same interface as they do on our smartphones. Not only does this mean that they look the same, but they’ll also work the same way, making it incredibly easy to get used to the whole system.
This also goes with the data some of the apps hold as well. For example, you can look up directions for a long journey on your Windows 10 PC, and then use the same app to guide you there with your smartphone. The same goes for photos on the OneDrive as well; making every device you own a great medium to share your memories with others.
The most successful part of the Windows Phone 8 system was the design - it looked superb and was very user-friendly.
Microsoft didn’t need to change much, but it has tinkered with the design to offer some small but notable improvements.
Tile transparency is one of these alterations which makes a surprisingly big difference. It gives the UI a more fluid feel and one which is more personalised through the addition of visible backgrounds.
Other smaller changes we’ve seen so far help keep the system itself running smoothly, whilst also looking great. Many of the functionality features are intact as well, allowing you to alter tile size and select the notifications you receive from a selected tile.
Desktop users are especially happy about this feature, especially considering that it’s quite a surprising one from Microsoft.
Traditionally, updates in a certain OS build have been free. But if you want to update the OS to another level (e.g. Windows 98 to Windows XP), you’d have to pay for that operating system, something which you won’t be charged for with Windows 10.
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The same applies to the mobile version of the system, but this isn’t a surprise as no mobile updates as of yet have come at a price. It’s worth noting that this is only for the first 12 months after the release, but no details have been confirmed for what happens after then.
Also, the device range of Windows 10 looks promising, with rumours of every current Windows Phone 8.1 device getting the bump up. This is yet to be confirmed, but if it is true then it’s definitely some good news worth shouting about.
Now we move onto some of the more questionable pieces of news from the event, which could prove a bit of a headache ahead of the launch of the software. So if you don’t like bad news, maybe skip this part…
Although the event actually confirmed the existence of Windows 10 and got us all hyped about it, there’s still no confirmed release date for it and to make things worse, it looks like it could still be a while off.
Preview versions of the softwarehave been available for most of this year, but an actual commercial release won't be hitting us until the summer.
Sure, Microsoft let us know all about how it plans to unite all of its apps to make for a seamless, free-flowing experience, but will it be able to make iOS and Android apps Windows compatible at a high rate?
Windows is still ways behind the likes of the Google Play Store and Apple App Store when it comes to available third-party apps, and this has been a stumbling block for a while now.
Microsoft is promising that it will be working with apps on both of the more popular systems to ensure that the Windows store catches up, however - we're yet to see this in action. If the guys and girls at Microsoft do manage this then it won't be a problem, but until we see some evidence of this we're staying cautious.
The good definitely outweighs the bad so far in Windows 10’s youth; we love the way Microsoft is working to make its next system the best yet. Exciting additions like unified applications will be hard not to enjoy, but the worries are still there for now.
Hopefully it won't be too long until we're actually using the system instead of talking about it, especially considering how long we've had to wait so far, but for now we’ll simply have to wait and see.
Written by Luke Hatfield