Windows 10: A Microsoft Revolution
During its conference on January 21th, Microsoft presented the next version of its operating system, Windows 10. The company from Redmond promised this would be a major step in the policy of Microsoft and, indeed, it was. Why is Windows 10 a revolution?
Before explaining why windows 10 is a revolution, it is important to expose the framework of the announcement. The launch of Windows 8 in 2012 was a failure for Microsoft because of its interface, too tactile friendly and not adapted to computers according to the majority of users. In 2013, taking this feedback into account, the firm released an update for Windows 8 called Windows 8.1 that corrected the previous version main issues. However, the bad buzz had already happened and sales were not as good as expected because of users’ distrust. In addition, Microsoft failed its entrance in the market of tablets. Surface suffered failure because of its price but also for its lack of applications.
Microsoft had to figure out how to learn from those mistakes and build a better future. The answer was pretty brilliant. Instead of distinguishing all the devices by a dedicated operating system, the purpose of Windows 10 is to unify everything and adapt to each specific hardware. The main idea was to give the opportunity to the user to begin something on his PC and to be able to continue it on his smartphone, tablet or console thanks to One drive, Microsoft’s cloud system. If the same operating system is working on all those devices, it means they might have the same programs that will work on each of them, allowing an interoperability. The release of Windows 10 should encourage applications developers to benefit from this possibility and to create fully interoperable programs. Microsoft’s plans are pretty clear with this brand new operating system: urging people to buy Microsoft’s products because of their complementarity. For instance, your Windows Phone and your personal computer will permanently be synchronized.
If the universal purpose of Windows 10 may have been one of the most exciting moment of the conference, there has been other major announcements concerning the OS. Internet Explorer will no longer be a part of Windows and will be replaced by a new internet navigator, Project Spartan, supposed to be lighter and to redefine the way you use your navigator. To fulfil this aim, the user can count on the help of Cortana. This is Microsoft’s voice recognition system allowing users to vocally interact with their devices, like it is the case with Siri on IOS. This system will be available on PC and integrated to Project Spartan so you can search something on the internet by asking your computer to do it with your voice. You will have the opportunity to comment all the web pages you want and store this into the cloud as well.
Windows 10 is also dedicated to gamers because, in addition to DirectX 12 features that will improve the optimization of the hardware when you are playing will be added. The new Xbox application will allow you to play your Xbox One games on your PC or your tablet by streaming. Furthermore, future games such as Fable Legends will feature a cross platform multiplayer that allows PC and Xbox players to play together. Once more a wish of communication.
The last but not least announcement was also related to Windows 10 : Microsoft HoloLens. It is a holographic helmet which was created to redefine your vision of reality by turning holograms into an everyday tool. The helmet will put realistic 3D pictures in your environment and you will be able to interact with them with your hands, like in Minority Report. On paper, the possibilities seem endless but as Microsoft’s CEO said, this project has just begun and it is up to the developers to deal with this technology and improve it. You can gather more information on this project on this website.
Windows 10 will be available on 2015 for free for one year if you have a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 license and updated every month. The will of Microsoft to show that it doesn’t sell an operating system anymore but a real service dedicated to all their customers.
Thomas SCHMIDT Etudiant en M2 Droit de l’économie numérique car passionné par les nouvelles technologies qui sont désormais au cœur de la société et qui soulèvent de nouvelles problématiques, notamment juridiques et éthiques. Au-delà de ça, je suis également féru de sport, et particulièrement le football que je pratique en club. J’ai la chance de pouvoir mettre mes compétences en la matière au service des parieurs sur www.mediapronos.com en proposant mes analyses pour la Ligue 1.