The Windows 10 preview is showing PC users a promising new OS that might just be exactly what Windows 8 should have been. The technical preview is still only two weeks old, which means that there are still some bugs to work out, making it a little unstable for a primary PC to operate with. However, the finesse that it lacks as a finished product seems to be made up for in many of the features that the new operating system will offer.
The Windows 10 technical preview boots up with the familiarity of the Windows 8 desktop, but as you hit your start button you’ll see the nested folders stacked neatly one on top of the other as Microsoft had been doing long before the introduction of their last attempt at a more mobile-friendly OS. Beside the old-school lineup are the tiles that Windows 8 lovers have come to know, featuring live news and other convenient information. Nate Ralph of CNET explains:
With Windows 10, the familiar and the new are mashed together in a form that’s only a little different, but suddenly more useful than ever before. You can have your Start menu, with familiar apps and services that you can pin to a list. And I can have my Live Tiles in a form that actually makes sense.
These tiles include the calendar application, inbox updates, social networking status changes, and other feeds that you can drag and drop, minimize, and maximize. This new setup will appeal to old users and new users alike, and should allow for a more advanced method of use from the search bar to the creation of virtual desktops. Some of the new features will be bringing Microsoft up to speed with Linux and Apple technology, making it a far more marketable system for users of other machines in the future.
Bringing The Desktop Back Into Focus
One of the main concerns that Windows 8 users faced was a loss of contact with the desktop. It was still there to use, of course, but the main focus seemed to have been moved to the start menu, and unfortunately this limited some of what could be moved or changed on the desktop. Daniel Howley of Yahoo Tech states:
Microsoft introduced its own apps with Windows 8. And though they were beautiful, you could use them only on the Windows 8 Start screen. Windows 10 changes that, letting you open and use Windows 8 apps on the traditional desktop.
The start tiles were better received for tablet users or touch screen owners, whereas users with a mouse and keyboard found it a little less convenient to slide things around and switch between screens at a whim. Windows 10 combines all of the good characteristics of both systems without losing any of the convenience of previous builds.
Problems With Privacy
The Windows 10 technical preview has given a lot of wonderful aspects of this latest OS to look forward to, but one of the cons that testers are finding is a concern about privacy. Juan Carlos Perez of PC World advises:
Windows 10 Technical Preview stealthily collects lots of user data and transmits the information to Microsoft, leading some to wonder whether or not the OS will shed these practices once the testing period ends.
This collection ability means keystrokes, voice information and speech to text can all be captured, making it a little less appealing than past models, and raising a few concerns for privacy. Microsoft has said that the newest release will come with a privacy statement informing all users of all information that can be collected, but this means reading the fine print is more important now than ever before.