Windows 10: New. Improved. And Free to Win 7 & 8.1 users
Is Windows 10 what Windows 8 shouda’ coulda’ been? Early reflections say yes, maybe. Microsoft’s recent press event which introduced a Win 10 technical release, teased not only the OS, but the shifting sands of Microsoft strategics. The giant was, perhaps, humbled by the disastrous Win 8 release for all the right reasons, and it’s now aggressively revamping how it will move into the future.
The good news is that Win 10 may be what Win 8 was promised to be with some interesting new features. We’ve included links to some major industry reviews, but present here a short take. So what’s new and noteworthy?
- Windows 10: Free to Windows 7 & 8.1 Users: This is a biggie. Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8 upgrades will be free for a year to Windows users.
- A New and Improved Start Screen: The ever popular Win 7 Start Screen returns; albeit with some new twists. According to most reviews it’s a graceful reimagining of interacting with the OS.
- Virtual Desktops: Long a Mac feature, you’ll now be able to set up virtual desktops for enhanced multitasking.
- Continuum: An interface that allows you to easily convert to a tablet interface if you are running a convertible device. It’s also a core concept of Microsoft’s rejiggered emphasis on running seamlessly across platforms and devices.
- Universal Apps: The emphasis is to produce applications that run on multiple form factors (phones, PCs, tablets, etc) partially by designing for input, rather than specific platforms. It seems Microsoft, which for so many years was self-centric, has finally realized that becoming developer centric is core to its long range goals?
- Cortana – Windows Answer to SIRI and Google Now: Cortana, a personal assistant, comes to the PC in Microsoft’s latest technical preview. It’s a feature PC users will likely embrace wholeheartedly! Bada, Bada, Bing – it’s Bing based and will also be incorporated into the new Spartan browser. A nice review by Engadget here.
- X-Box App Included in the OS: Gaming to share in a further nod to universal apps. Win 10 adds a PC gaming center at your fingertips.
- Baked In Holographics: A universal app, says Microsoft; meaning you can use any compatible VR goggles with it, plus play around with HoloStudio. Some found the app a bit underdeveloped, but likely interesting as it matures.
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Gadgets & Gizmos
Qualcomm WiPower: Get rid of nasty, snaky, tangled cords. How often have we all wished to rid ourselves forever of cords? While universal cordless, no-battery charging, powering for all we do is a way off, Qualcomm’s WiPower gives us their take on charging and powering electronics wirelessly.
Named one of the best gadgets of CES 2015, this handy device charges and powers mulitple devices at a time. Devices don’t have to be in direct contact with a charging pad; just within the charge area. The concept can also be incorporated into furniture and other surfaces. You can see a video and read more at Qualcomm
EggCyte – the mini webserver that goes where you go and runs all day! Put this clever little device in your pocket and just go. It’s a pocket-size web-server, network storage and touchscreen computer roughly half the size of a smartphone. The Egg is a personal webserver (no cloud with the emphasis on personal) in various configurations of up to 256GB that’s self configuring and easily accessible from any browser. It’s also a Wi-Fi access point, so you and others can view content even with no Wi-Fi available. The Egg also features a personal website to store your stuff. It’s expected to ship this year. You can read more at ZDNET and EggCyte