With Windows 10 due to land on PCs all over the world in the next month or so, new information is now sleeping out in large quantities about this flagship Microsoft operating system. The latest rumors regarding this key product for Microsoft is a YouTube video that reveals the default desktop wallpaper which will be included in the operating system, along with an insight into the production of this software.
New Microsoft Windows 10 wallpaper
It seems that Microsoft will make a significant departure from the previous Windows 8 design when it releases Windows 10, moving away from the distinctive yellow shapes that were featured in this operating system. Microsoft has instead collaborated with designer and director Bradley G. Munkowitz, and have evidently produced a darker image which creates an instant impact upon inspection.
The new design produced by Microsoft and Munkowitz is based around the basic Windows logo. Some commenters have suggested that this is not particularly original, but the resulting visage of the operating system is nonetheless visually pleasing.
To produce the Windows 10 desktop image, the team that Microsoft assembled has employed some sophisticated camera mapping techniques, along with light, haze and lasers. If this sounds like a complicated way of producing Windows 10, then it must be said that the YouTube video certainly confirms this impression.
However, the ultimate effect, which creates an image of power generation has doubtless been worthwhile from Microsoft’s perspective. It certainly is a visually pleasing edifice, and one that Mukowitz has stated was intended to allow viewers to literally look into space. This concept seems to have been very much based around the notion of Windows 10 literally acting as a window.
Ultimately, this will not provide sufficient reason to upgrade to a new operating system, but it will nonetheless look attractive when Windows 10 hits the stores. But Microsoft will naturally also deliver a wide range of updates to the operating system when Windows 10 becomes available on July 29.
Although the software giant has attempted to explain the reasoning behind the release of Windows 10, ultimately this is an extremely important software release for the corporation owing to the disaster of Windows 8. The last version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system was extremely poorly received by critics, and businesses in particular simply refused to update to the software. Microsoft has been forced to put together this new Windows 10 package in an attempt to get the entire Windows range back on track, so this is arguably the most important version of the operating system in the entire history of the company.
Microsoft has often been forced to field controversy regarding backwards compatibility, or lack thereof, of the Windows system. But the indication is that Windows 10 will in fact run most old Windows programs. It will be possible also to directly check the compatibility of ageing software by running a Windows 10 app within the operating system. The inclusion of this application demonstrates that Microsoft intends to appeal to as wide a range of Windows owners as possible with the new operating system.
And this is particularly notable, as it has been suggested that Windows 10 will be the last version of the software ever. This does not mean, of course, that there will be no further updates to Windows 10 in the future. It is rather suggested that Microsoft will be moving into a Windows as a service business model in the future, in line with many other industries. It could be argued that video games have already moved in this direction, with companies continually releasing updates and downloadable content for the most popular titles.
However, Microsoft has denied this in public statements, and insisted that it has no intention of changing its model for Windows in the foreseeable future. But considering the complexity of producing a multi-platform operating system, it is clear that the way that Windows operates may change at some point. Microsoft needs Windows 10 to be all things to all people, and this will increasingly be the case with future operating system releases.
Indeed, Windows 8 was hamstrung by this very issue, and as the consumer electronics and technology industries become even more complicated and diverse, there is little doubt that producing entirely new propriety operating systems will become increasingly complex. At a certain point, it would seem to make obvious common sense for Microsoft to concentrate on updates to the existing Windows 10 platform, and operate a subscription model in accordance with this.
Updates to be free
What can be said for certain is that the furore over Windows 8 has ensured that Microsoft is making access to Windows 10 extremely convenient. Upgrades to this latest operating system are available for free, and contrary to some reports in the media, once Windows 10 is installed it will remain free forever. It is this which has perhaps led to suggestions that Microsoft could look to implement a subscription model. Although it is equally possible that the company will instead continue its practice of simply discontinuing support for certain versions of Windows over time, this necessitating users to purchase updates.
Microsoft has produced a raft of new features for Windows 10, along with attempting to make the software more user-friendly. In particular, the restoration of the Start menu has been a particularly popular aspect of this Windows 10 release.
In addition, the software giant has also attempted to ensure that this is a relatively lightweight program. Microsoft currently suggests that the 32-bit beta version of Windows 10 will run with just 1GB of ram, while the 64-bit version will require 2GB. If this sounds like an impressive technical achievement, it is worth noting that the estimations of software companies are usually extremely optimistic. One would probably be recommended to double both numbers in order to run Windows 10 adequately.
Regardless of this, we only have a month to wait until Windows 10 is released, and it will seemingly be replete with an attractive new front end.