The biggest news coming out of Microsoft this month is the announcement about Windows 10. We have to be honest that the name is a bit of a surprise. We were expecting Windows 9 or just “Windows” (you know, like “iPad”), but they got us on this one. Apparently, Microsoft is signifying that this will be their final “major” release of their flagship product, with the future bringing on evolutionary, in-place tweaks and modifications. This is probably a smart move as most customers are prone to skipping versions, at least for the last 15+ years or so. Here’s what we know so far:
- One application platform so our developers have one way to write a universal app that targets everything.
- One store so there is one way for applications to be discovered, purchased, and updated across devices.
- One experience across devices that are tailored to each type of device – whether it is a device with no screen or one with an 80" screen and whether it is a touch device in your hand or one that is 10' away that you control with gestures.
- Automatically refreshes so Windows 10 is always up to date. It also features in-place upgrades that can make device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete.
- Security is core: identity, threat, and malware protections are built-in; protection follows data wherever it resides; and two-factor authentication is easy to use and manage.