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Windows 10 preview released

Last week, Microsoft previewed their new operating system. No, not Windows 9, but instead Windows 10! Why they've made the jump, I'm not so sure but it's only a name, what really matters is the work that has been going on at Microsoft to release an OS consumers may want to buy.

Installation was quick and painless, gone are the days of having to install the OS and then go find drivers. I know Windows 8 did this rather well at finding drivers but with Windows 10 it just seems better. The login screen is the same familiar view on Windows 8. It's only once you login you notice an exciting change - the Start Menu is back! Whilst I am an advocate of change I really did wonder what Microsoft were doing when they decided to remove it in Windows 8. If there's one familiar button the OS has had since a GUI it's the Start Menu and to remove it seemed crazy! Though now I wonder if the mainstream population will be further confused to see its return if they have already upgraded to Windows 8.

It's odd to say it but the new look start menu is what I expected of Windows 8. It keeps intact the useful features the Start Menu has to bring whilst enhancing them with tiles and live tiles.

Windows 10 brings the start button and menu back

Another change that I am grateful of is the greater awareness of the type of device you're using. So, if you're on a desktop running Windows 10, no longer are you forced to look at apps in full screen mode, even if you wanted to Window them and move them about. Well, now you can!

Windows 10 responds to screen size much better

I do feel that Microsoft have pinched some ideas from Apple, for example you can now create multiple desktops by clicking on a new icon on the task bar. This whole idea and interface looks very similar to the Mac OS. Despite this, I find it a helpful feature and welcome it to the Windows OS.

Windows 10 enables users to have multiple desktops

Other notable changes include the ability to snap unto 4 programs on to your desktop, if you have two programs open and snap one to the left of your screen it'll automatically offer you the selection of your other open programs for the right. Then there's task view, the 'Mission Control' equivalent to Mac, showing you all your open programs and files in one interface, making it fairly easy to switch between them or find ones that are hidden 10 layers behind all those Word Docs you have open!

All in all, I found my quick look at Windows 10 to be a positive experience and I would summarise by saying 'Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been'. I look forward to more improvements by time we get to the final release.

If you're interested in downloading Windows 10 to try yourself, you can download it by visiting the Windows Insider Program website.

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