Well – so the Windows 10 Technical Preview is upon us – and as a student in a class pointed out – great time to start back with the blogging. Yup – I agree.
This week I am in Seattle with the Microsoft MVP Conference –getting the lowdown on Windows 10 and a bit more of a pear under the hood. Whilst the majority of the information is under NDA – it will give me some information to share with you over the next few months as features start to appear.
So – Windows 10 – questions that I have had from folks so far and first impressions now that I have been using it for a while now as my “daily driver”.
A: To quote Paul Thurrott of http://winsupersite.com/ – “if you have to ask then it probably isn’t for you”. I will qualify that with “At this stage” – it is a Technical Preview – which means a few things – it is not feature complete and it is not final – so it might be flaky at times.
Q: So you are saying I shouldn’t install it then?
A: Well, information pills no, that’s not what I am saying – I am running Windows 10 on my daily machine and have had mostly a good experience. Mostly in that I have had some little buggy things, mainly to do with drivers not being stable as yet I suspect. But it is good to be a part of the shaping of the next generation of the operating system – so don’t be afraid to install it – just with the caveat that it is not a final build.
Q: Oh, Ok – so where do I get it?
Q: What do I do with it?
A: At this stage it is an Enterprise preview – so just bear that in mind, from what Microsoft have said so far “Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise is an early look at some of the features and functionality in store for Windows 10, the next version of the Windows client operating system” – have a look here: http://blogs.windows.com/business/2014/09/30/introducing-windows-10-for-business/
First impressions that I have had is that it is a good balance between Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. I have likened it to an evolution rather than a revolution. It tries to keep everyone happy – and so far it looks like it achieves that. There are more things to come – last week at TechEd Europe, Microsoft revealed the next release of the preview (or “flight” as it is being referred to) that has features such as Continuum and touchpad gestures will be in January. There will be builds released in between and each of the builds appear to be testing small little options – all of which Microsoft are asking for feedback on – and appear to be listening to!
More to come .. no honestly!