Windows 10 Operating System Announced: Start Menu Makes a Grand Comeback

By CIOReview | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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FREMONT, CA: Get ready for Windows 10, the latest in the line of operating systems from Microsoft. With this launch, the company brings back its signature icon – Start button – in a renewed enhanced fashion. It is worthy to note that the company has skipped 1 number by naming it as Windows 10; it believes Windows 10 is built for today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world. The company also announces Windows Insider Program.

What’s new in Windows 10: Here’s the list:

Flexible Windows Store applications: now Windows Store applications will run in a single window. For those who felt complete new window appearance of applications from Windows Store as a hassle, this surely is good news. Just like any other desktop application, apps from Windows Store will now open in the same format, allowing resize, moving around: title bar ensures that apps can be maximized, minimized and closed with just a click.

Smarter switching between multiple windows: too many files and apps may result in heaps of overlapping which is addressed in Windows 10 through multiple distinct desktops that can be easily created and switched.

Task View button: enables one view for all open apps and files with easy switching and one-touch access

Expanded Start menu: Start menu returns with enhancements including new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, websites, and more.

New quadrant layout: allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen.

Microsoft which had a tough time in bringing Windows 8 close to the enterprises has decided to play safe by initiating Windows Insider Program. The company is going to use this program as a platform for interaction with PC experts and IT pros who will be using the pre-release software in its beta state. Focusing on enterprise features, the early builds of latest software additions will be made available and ideas will be shared for further enhancements during the interactions.

The latest operating system from Microsoft is touted to be equipped with enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features. Technologies such as containerization and data separation are also implemented at the app and file level for fool-proof protection as the data is moved from a PC, to a USB drive, email, tablet, or the cloud.