Microsoft Windows 10 Creates Unified Multi-Platform Experience

by Matt Klassen on October 2, 2014

The new Windows 10 operating system is such a substantial leap forward, Microsoft said earlier this week, that it decided to skip over Windows 9 entirely, creating a unified multi-platform experience unlike anything that we’ve seen from the company before.

“Windows 10 will run on the broadest amount of devices. A tailored experience for each device,” Microsoft’s executive VP of operating systems Terry Myerson said at a press event Tuesday. “There will be one way to write a universal application, one store, one way for apps to be discovered purchased and updated across all of these devices.”

That means from mobile devices, to the Internet of Things, to the company’s enterprise servers, that Microsoft’s full range of products will be part of the Windows 10 family, offering “one tailored experience” from the company’s “most comprehensive platform ever.”

Further, for those who felt alienated by the company’s lacklustre Windows 8 effort–and its dependence on the tiled “Metro” user interface–the company assured users that throughout the entire development process the company’s goal has been to maintain the familiarity of Windows 7 while combining it with the functionality of Windows 8, creating– by some mathematical process that escapes me I suppose–the new Windows 10.

To compete in today’s rapidly changing technology scene there was no question that Microsoft needed a different approach. Its truncated mobile, enterprise, and PC efforts often left users feeling confused, having to adjust to a new interface with each different Windows-based product, saying nothing about the lack of cross-functionality between them. It was frustrating to be sure, one that had many users looking for better unified solutions.

Now add to that the growing BYOD movement, one where people were able to bring their favorite devices to the workplace, and it became clear that given a choice, no one really wanted to use Microsoft products anyways.

While Windows 8 was an attempt to bridge the gap between the company’s faithful PC base and a more forward thing mobile-centric market, the OS was, in large part, a failure, the company admitting that it has been inundated with complaints since the platform’s release in 2012. Thankfully the company has taken those complaints to heart, and although it was hesitant to call Windows 10 a complete reboot, Microsoft assured the world that it won’t be making those same mistakes again.

“We believe that, together with the feedback you provide us, we can build a product that all of our customers will love,” Myerson said. “It will be our most open collaborative OS project ever.”

The problem with Windows 8 was that it was overly focused on touch interface, leaving many users frustrated by the fact they couldn’t access the operating system’s full functionality. The difference with Windows 10, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore explains, is that the new OS will be able to sense what device it’s running on, allowing it to adjust its interface mode so users are able to achieve maximum functionality for that particular device. That means, for instance, that if you’re using Windows 10 on a non-touchscreen PC, it won’t have those sorts tiles for you to tap, but they will appear if you’re using a Surface Pro.

In the end I will admit that I’m interested in Windows 10; interested to see how it bridges the gap between the company’s traditional PC presence and today’s new mobile reality, and if the new platform is able to help Microsoft finally establish a firm mobile presence. Truth be told, a unified multi-platform OS is exactly what Microsoft needed, now let’s see what they can do with it.

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Written by: Matt Klassen. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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