What to Expect? A Windows 10 Preview


I’ve got the Windows 10 preview for Enterprise testers and I’m going to tell you about it. Wait. Windows 10? Wasn’t the last Microsoft operating system Windows 8 and 8.1? So where’s Windows 9? Rumors have it that Windows 8 was so poorly received when it came out that they wanted a disconnect, something to separate it the two operating systems in the subconscious of the consumer.

Microsoft says the reason is that there are fundamental changes that have been made to the OS and they’ve released a technical preview version of Windows 10 for enterprise testers. Let’s take a look at the preview and the OS as a whole to see what’s different and if switching might be in the cards.

What is The Windows 10 Preview?

The official name is the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise. Tech writers got their first look at it at a Microsoft event back in September. The first thing I want to say is the name is somewhat misleading. You don’t have to be part of the Information Technology or Computer Services department of a company in order to try it out. You just have to register. The second thing I want to say is that as a very early preview, there is a very good chance that by the time of the release of the final, official version sometime in 2015, there may have been so many changes that the two look nothing alike.

After registration you get taken to a page where you download an ISO file, which I’ll tell you how to handle later. Something I’m going to mention a few times is that you need to install this on a completely different drive from your main one as you will lose all data on the drive it is installed to.

You will lose all data on the drive the Windows 10 preview is installed on.

Windows 10 Will Also Be Multi-Platform

Apple brought us the first truly multi-platform operating system when they introduced iOS. What I mean by that is computer, tablet, phone, and other mobile devices. Windows 8 and 8.1 was Microsoft’s first real foray into that. Windows 10 will reinforce the company’s focus on providing a single unifying operating system for your every need. There will be minor differences in each, but the basic feel will remain the same across all devices. You will also be able to share data and settings like Favorites across your devices.

Your Apps Will Also Follow You

You’ll also be able to share apps across devices. We haven’t been told or shown exactly how this will work, but developers will have to make something akin to “universal versions” that automatically adapt to the environment they’re in-computer, tablet, or phone.

“Metro” Is Optional

The “Metro” or “Modern” design for the interface which allowed apps to go completely full-screen was one of those you either completely hate it or you absolutely love it things. There really wasn’t much lack of sentiment about it. In Windows 10 that will be optional.

It can be set to change depending on what kind of device you’re using. For example, when using a convertible device like the Surface Pro 3 with the keyboard, the interface will have the Start Menu you’re used to. When you remove the tablet from the dock, you get the full-screen mode that Windows 8 users will recognize and that’s more friendly to touch use.

What Apps Will There Be?

Since the “real” version of the OS won’t be out until next year, we’re not sure how developers will react. When they showed off the Windows 10 preview to tech writers last month, Microsoft did show some of their own apps using the Modern full-screen running in a windowed mode.