Pic from PC advisor.
Earlier this year Microsoft released it’s newest version of Windows. Windows 10 is a major improvement above the previous operating systems and features some key components that were used in the older systems along with some much needed security and UX upgrades.
One of the biggest changes that many users noticed is that some of the touch and tablet options that were previously used for windows 8 have been combined with familiar Start menu options. We aren’t exactly sure why this upgrade was made, but you now have to look in an entirely new location to figure out how to turn your PC off.
Windows 10 also boasts a system that can run reliably on Windows Phones and even a number of small android based tablets. Estimates say that Microsft hopes that by 2017 over 1 billion devices will be running the windows 10 system.
In a recent techradar article, we saw the new introduction of the Siri-wannabe Cortona
“Cortana, the Windows Phone assistant, shows up in Windows 10 as a search pane on the taskbar, which you can also trigger by saying ‘Hey Cortana’ – and when you start searching the Start menu. That gets you apps you have installed, documents you have access to, apps you could install from the Store, search results from the web and a range of other information – including from apps and services that integrate with Cortana.
You can set reminders for different times and places that appear on other Cortana devices, so you can get your Microsoft Band to remind you to take the rubbish out as you walk up to your front door.”
Not only are some of the new features in Microsoft Windows 10 slightly reminiscent of Apple’s products. The task switcher which is the trademark option that many Apple hardcore fans absolutely adore has also been copied in Windows 10.
User can now switch back and forth without the hassle of clothing any tasks in a UX experience that is eerily similar to Apple’s. PCWorld covered this feature in a recent writeup,
“Windows 10 atones for one of Windows 8’s greatest sins by returning the Start menu to its rightful spot in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop. But rather than focusing on desktop apps alone, the Windows 10 Start menu mixes in a dash of the Metro Start screen’s functionality, sprinkling Live Tiles of Windows 8-style apps next to shortcuts to more traditional PC software.
You can turn off that Live Tile functionality if you’d like, and even unpin all the Metro apps from the Start menu, returning it to purely desktop-focused glory. Or you can choose to have the Start menu expand to the full screen, and resize Metro apps to recreate a more Windows 8-like experience. The choice is yours.”
Although this isn’t the first time Windows has tried to simply its products, the end result is… unfortunately… quite uninspiring. Windows products work, yet they lack the functionality and UX design that Apple maintains. The trend for the last several years continues up to now with Windows requires 3rd party software in order to maintain it’s functionality.
Software like Microsoft toolkit which allow users to add additional functionality and combine multiple programs together in one seamless experience are an area that has been overlooked by developers in the past and continues to do so in the future.