Update July 31, 2015 – A companion video to this blog post is now available on Channel9
I’m writing this post while downloading 10. No, not the Bo Derek movie from the 1979 that I wasn’t allowed to watch. Windows 10. Yeah that’s right – Although not generally available until July 29th, Build 10240 has been approved as the final RTM build and it is available to Windows insiders on both the fast and slow rings as of today. So while I can write about the availability of Windows 10 I can’t give you a first-hand review of it until a little bit later.
So while I wait for the bits to stream to me along with millions of other Windows Insiders let me share with you my Top Ten list of things that I’m excited about in Windows 10. It’s not really a TOP 10 list as I can’t really decide which of the dozens of things I’m most excited about. It’s really just a list of ten things that come to mind first while I wait for my download to complete. Without any further ado here is the list:
- The Start Menu is back and better than ever. It combines a program list a la Windows 7 on the left but also integrates live tiles on the right so that you can have the best of both worlds (See image at the bottom of the list
- Continuum – This will be more interesting as the Windows 10 for mobile gets closer to RTM. I’m really looking forward to using my phone as a PC by connecting a Bluetooth keyboard and wireless display through Miracast.
- Tablet Mode – Really part of Continuum but great for users with tablets or hybrids. It reorganizes the UIO based on whether there is a keyboard attached or not. You can be working desktop mode and detach the keyboard and automagically the start menu converts to the start screen, hamburger menus appear and the entire interface makes itself more touch friendly.
- The Edge Browser – Aka project Spartan – This browser is fast. Faster than Chrome and will support extensions. IE is still available but I’m going to be using Edge as my goto browser.
- Universal Apps – Again we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out long term. I’m excited at the prospect of a flurry of developers writing apps for the billion or so Windows devices.
- Cortana – I love Cortana on my phone and I’m excited about using it on my desktop. Cortana even helps me with the Surface Smiths Podcast
- Xbox Streaming – I hear you saying it sounds interesting but why would I ever want to stream my Xbox to my PC? Consider this scenario: You want to watch the big game or a special movie on the big screen with the surround sound and leather recliner but your kids want to play NHL2K15 and the Xbox is connected to the home theatre. Well, they can stream the game to a PC in another room and let you watch your game or movie in comfort.
- Windowed Modern/Metro Apps – That’s right they don’t HAVE to run full screen anymore unless you want them to. It makes multi-tasking much easier especially in a multi display environment.
- Virtual Desktops – This allows you to arrange apps or groups of Apps called, you guessed it, desktops how you like them and navigate between them. It’s like having multiple displays with apps organized to your liking just hidden until you need them.
I could go on but it looks like my bits are downloaded. I’m anxious to install Windows 10 RTM on my Surface Pro 3. Up until now I’ve only been using it in VMs on the Surface and on an older non-touch Dell laptop. Wait, you say. The list jumps from number 8 to number 10 – Well this is a Windows 10 post after all J
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