With hardly a month before release (July 29th), there is understandably some hype (and some jeers) regarding Windows 10 and what Microsoft is doing to bridge the gap between the desktop and an increasingly mobile market. It’s been a rough run for Microsoft as of late, with very few experts falling in love with the new interface of Windows 8. Moreover, perhaps Microsoft believes that we’ll believe they have successfully bridged everything we loved from Windows 7 over everything we hated in Windows 8 into something really novel. In fact, this bridge extends so far it seems to have progressed beyond the need for Windows 9 entirely.
We sincerely hope so! In the meantime, here are some basic things you may want to know:
How much will it cost?
If you are not presently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can buy the full version of Windows 10 Home for $119 or the Windows 10 Pro for $199. What is really neat is that if you’re are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you will have no out-of-pocket costs for one year. That’s right, you can upgrade for free (though ostensibly the price after 1 year will be the same $119 or $199 respectively).
What’s going on with apps?
Microsoft’s ongoing goal is to make Windows operating system consistent among all of its Microsoft devices. So tablets, cell phones, desktops and laptops—pretty much all devices that operate on Windows—will share information across accounts (they’re calling this Continuum). Ideally, this means that an app purchased on, say, your cell phone, will be available across all your devices. If you have dabbled with Microsoft’s Office suite, you already have an idea of where Microsoft is headed with this.
How does it bridge the gap?
The biggest concern is how it is going to bridge the gap between modern app technology and old-school familiarity. For starters, they brought back our start menu, and on tablets with attachable keyboards, this menu will appear when the keyboard is attached and then go into “tablet” mode when unattached. Microsoft seems to be going in a very versatile, sort of hybrid direction, insofar as they are trying to stay up-to-date with app technology but still give their users that familiarity that older operating systems catered to. Windows 10 will allow more customization for those who were sold on the Windows 8 modern app look and more old-school familiarity for those who definitely were not. I think this is a smart direction as it will make the most amounts of users the most amount of happy.
So what do you think, come July 29th, will you give Windows 10 a go?