Microsoft released a technical preview of their upcoming version of Windows about a week ago. Just when I left for a short holiday. I’m back at work and one of the first things I did was to install Windows 10 on a dedicated test machine. First impressions is that the technical preview is rock solid, I have not experienced any problems the two days I have been working on it. The reason I chose to not install it on my main machine at home was simply that Microsoft has chosen to log every thing you do on the machine.
The Start menu is back
I’m satisfied with seeing the Start menu back. I like that I can have some live tiles. At the moment I have to many and expect to reduce them to the half.
Modern UI apps
When running modern apps and traditional apps side-by-side, I’m wondering why on earth I should use any of them. For instance is Facebook in a browser way better then the official Facebook app. I actually miss the Aero UI and would have loved to see it back with support for widgets in the Start menu. As I see it, tiles are a reintroduction of the widgets introduced with Vista. Ok, ok, not totally true, but not far off!
Virtual Desktops (or Workspaces as I know them from BeOS) is a sad chapter. I’m not impressed at all! It was one of my most wanted features for Windows, but I can only say that I hope Microsoft will add more functionality to it. For instance, I want to be able to say that a workspace should be dedicated to office apps, another for modern ui apps and a third one to running Powershell in full screen. It is functionality I had 15 years ago.
I have only been running Windows 10 two days, but already now I would say that Windows 10 is more like Windows 8.2 or 8.5. This is not negatively ment, rather it feels like natural development of Windows 8. This is more like the Windows 8 I wanted! I have not heard any release day so we can only hope that more features will be added for desktop and laptop users, and I also hoping for a technical preview that focuses on devices with touch screen.