How Does Windows 10 Compare To Windows 8?

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How Does Windows 10 Compare To Windows 8?

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has dropped a bit of a bombshell with regard to its new operating system. The existence of the operating system itself does not come as a huge surprise; this has been on the cards for some time since Windows 8 turned out to be a rather disastrous release for the corporation. However, pretty much everyone who follows what Microsoft are engaged in actually expected the successor to Windows 8 to be called Windows 9. This would seem to be a logical progression! Instead, Microsoft has announced that the next Windows operating system will be called Windows 10.

Windows 10

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Windows 8 business issues

Windows 8 was particularly unpopular with the business community, and many prominent organisations completely refuse to use it. In fact, Windows 7 is still seen as very much the standard for businesses that utilize PCs in their work, with only 13 percent currently running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, according to research firm NetMarketshare. By contrast, over 50 percent are currently powered by Windows 7, and even Windows XP, a version of the operating system which Microsoft has abandoned completely, is still used by nearly double the number of businesses that have adopted Windows 8.

Microsoft has built its reputation and status as the world’s largest seller of computer software almost completely on the basis of selling to business, so clearly something had to be done rather quickly. Windows 10 is apparently that solution.

According to Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group at Microsoft, Windows 10 will be the “most comprehensive platform ever,” and that Microsoft considered that “it wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9.” Thus, the name Windows 10 has been selected due to its rounding off nature. Human beings, of course, do not think in nines, we calculate in tens, and therefore this particular title is intended to indicate a new dawn for the operating system; pretty much a reboot of the whole Windows concept.

Start menu back in Windows 10

The most notable addition to this new operating system will be the inclusion of the Start menu. This had been expected for quite some time, given the overwhelmingly negative reaction that Microsoft was forced to endure when they removed this well-known feature from Windows 8. Reinstating the Start menu should make this new version of Windows much easier to navigate for people who have grown up using the operating system.

However, according to early reports regarding Windows 10, the software has been designed to run on a wide range of devices. In this respect, it has a great deal in common with its predecessor Windows 8, which was really intended to enable Microsoft to establish a meaningful presence on mobile platforms as well as desktop.

Unfortunately, the previous version of Windows perhaps bit off a little more than it could chew. By trying to create a unified platform which was as compatible with mobile devices as Microsoft’s traditional desktop market, Windows 8 literally alienated its core audience instead of being all things to all people.

Multiple devices

Thus, it will be interesting to see what approach Microsoft takes with Windows 10, given that it has already indicated that this will run on smartphones, tablets, Desktop PCs, and even the Xbox video games console. The last of these is an intriguing proposal, not least because it’s hard to imagine why you would want to run Windows on the Xbox One. But with Microsoft attempting to make its video games console more of a multimedia system than a mere games playing machine, and offering such functionality as Skype chats, perhaps Windows 10 will fit into this long-term goal and ethos of the Xbox series.

Although Microsoft has reinstated the Start menu in windows 10, the functionality of Windows 8 has not been abandoned completely. The menu will still enable users to produce resizeable tites, which is an obvious similarity to those featured in Windows 8’s touch-centric interface on PCs and tablets. So it is clear from the existing information regarding Windows 10 that Microsoft isn’t entirely ready to abandon its Windows 8 vision just yet. Nonetheless, when revealing Windows 10, Microsoft executives indicated that the software had been designed to be familiar to those accustomed to Windows 7 and Windows 8; so this is evidently an issue which has been given due consideration.

Windows 10 has also been optimized to ensure that it reacts intelligently to the type of device which is being used. Windows 8 required users to switch between Desktop Mode and the touch-focused alternative; a feature which didn’t exactly meet with widespread approval. Obviously Microsoft has listened to peoples opinion’s on this subject and decided to amend this unpopular feature.

New features of Windows 10

Other new features have been included in Windows 10 as well. The task view button now offers one-click access to all ready apps and files. Microsoft has also included a new quadrant layout within the software, which will allow users to arrange four applications on the same screen at the same time. There is also a new button on the taskbar which enables users to view all open apps and files, making switching between them easier. This also applies to desktop screens, which can now be arranged with a variety of similar work, and then selected individually. This is extremely similar to a system already in operation on Apple’s operating system for its Mac series.

Early adopters of Windows 10 will be able to get their hands on a preview version of the software later this week, which will run on laptops and desktops. Thus, it won’t be long before we can see how successful Microsoft has been in rebooting Windows.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. windows 8 is like 5% slower than windows 7 (in terms application
    computing performance running on system) and windows 10 is like 5%
    slower than windows 8 … I do not think that they specifically degrades
    the system, i think they not care …. But we care , so for us windows
    10 is worst of this 3 systems..

  2. If win10 dual boots easily then they have taken a step forward, no dual booting then it is another failure to meet business and customer needs. again…

  3. The ONLY place you’ll ever find non biased comparisons will be from users. Never trust anybody, copy and paste bloggers included, who has a vested interest in what they’re writing about And this blogger has a vested interest. If he (all of them really) don’t push people to buy the latest do-dads and such, given a little time and his/their jobs will no longer be needed. It’s only when buyers keep buying stuff, good or bad; doesn’t matter, do these guys have a reason to exist.

  4. Microsoft is bloated, archaic programming that needs to go away. Why continue to support someone who wants you dead? GOOGLE “Bill Gates eugenics”.

  5. Jason Jones
    Microsoft did not put one user interface on all screens with Windows 10, they have to make sure that mobile optimized apps including it’s App store and built in mobile optimized apps along with the MSN apps work on Smartphones and Tablets only while optimizing built-in apps, MSN apps, Windows Store and it’s apps to be more keyboard and mouse friendly on desktops and laptops.
    I do not use Xbox because I’m not a extreme console gamer.
    Microsoft should offer IE 12 with newer reading list built-in instead of having to offer a separate app, Intergrate alarms functionality into desktop taskbar (Traditional desktops and laptops), redesigned desktop help app instead of having a separate modern UI help app for traditional desktops and laptops, optimize other built-in apps for mouse and keyboard, make sure that when people click on WiFi button on a desktop or laptop, you see plain desktop and laptop available WiFi networks list instead of mobile optimized WiFi networks list. Redesign desktop Icons, Remove all touch optimized experience leftovers on Windows 10 for traditional desktops and laptops and immediately, improve every functionality of Windows 10 as soon as possible for desktops and laptops by not treating desktops and laptops as mobile devices.
    The Start menu should not have touch optimized functionality on traditional desktops and laptops if it is not using a touchscreen.
    Microsoft should intergrate all of their new control panel functions onto Windows 10 by optimizing it completely for keyboard and mouse functionality.
    Can you please tell me any of your best turnaround options for Microsoft to continue to have Windows 10 sales go as high as it was and everybody understand that phones and tablets are not computers?
    What is it going to take for Microsoft to stay alive for years to come instead of becoming the next Kodak which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2012? What other changes do you think Microsoft should do with their O.S. business, should there be any more layoffs? should there be any improvements to Windows 10 that could convince people that Microsoft listens to their customers? Should Microsoft build another rebadged Windows 7 called Windows classic?
    What is it going to take for computer makers to stay in P.C. business instead of planning to get out of P.C. business like what happened with Sony and Samsung in Europe?

  6. “Windows 8 was particularly unpopular with the business community”

    Umm, it was particularly unpopular with the non-business community also…almost the entirety of the Windows 8 market is from pre-made systems that came with it and, proven BY the market sales of Windows 7 and Vista licenses coupled with the decrease in market share of 8/8.1, people were uninstalling 8 for older versions.
    MSFT has shown with Windows 10 revealing that they were not listening and are still pushing Ballmer’s vision of everything = mobile. They have even shown they are not listening when it comes to the Xbox, still pushing a future where the Xbox is the center of the livingroom.
    MSFT has gone insane. They couldn’t figure out the mobile market and have lost their minds trying, it has gotten so bad that they no longer understand the other markets they were in…now, its all the same market to them and they are going to continue to lose customers, just in hopes to try to gain more in the future, which wont happen since they are releasing garbage hybrid items that few like.
    They need to regain focus, make products actually designed for their perspective markets.

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