Windows 10 – What We Know And What's In It For Business

20 May 2015

Windows 10 is the next edition of the Windows operating system to be released by Microsoft, is follows Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7. Most businesses use Windows 7 as their primary platform. Here we look at what Windows 10, the upcoming Windows release, might mean for business.

Windows 10 Can Run iPhone/iPad and Android Apps

Since Windows 8, PCs have been able to run apps from the Windows store. However the number of apps and their quality has paled in comparison to huge number of high quality apps available on the Apple Store and Google Android Store. Windows 10 will solve this problem by allowing PCs to run apps which are written for iPhone/iPad or Android devices on Windows PCs. This would make Windows an even more versatile platform – and could make the Windows App Store the largest app store of all.

For business, this means an app which was written for iPad is now available to run on your laptop, or Surface Tablet. Plus on the same device you can also run all your normal Windows desktop business applications. No longer would you need to cart multiple devices around to get your work done!

Additionally, Windows 10 allows apps to run in a window on the desktop, rather than take up the entire screen like they do on Windows 8 and on other tablet devices. So this enables you to have multiple apps open simultaneously from multiple platforms (Windows desktop, Windows App Store, Android Store, Apple Store)!

Windows 10 Will Become The Enterprise Standard

Windows 10 brings the start menu back. The start menu appears as a cross between what you see in Windows 7 and Windows 8's Start Screen with access to the start menu, but also access to different Windows Apps and Live Tiles (e.g. Weather and Stock ticker). Windows 10 is built for desktops, laptops and touch devices such as tablets and phones. Windows 10 will run on them all. But the benefit for business is the familiarity as Windows 10 is closer to Windows 7 in the way it works and appears. Also most Business applications that work on Windows 7 should work just fine on Windows 10.

Windows 10 Will Come in Several Editions

Windows 10 will come in the following editions;
Windows 10 Home – designed for home use
Windows 10 Pro – designed for small to medium sized businesses bringing enhancements in security and remote functionality
Windows 10 Mobile – designed to run on smartphones
Windows 10 Enterprise – designed for large businesses and governments
Windows 10 Education – designed for use in educational environments such as schools, colleges and universities
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise – designed for mobile devices in large businesses and governments
Windows 10 IoT – Internet of Things edition is a very small footprint version for low cost devices e.g. TVs, embedded technology, appliances, ATMs etc.

Windows 10 Will Be A Free Upgrade For Some Users (for the first year only)

For home and small businesses (i.e. those who don’t use Microsoft’s Volume Licensing) will be able to upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8 (and 8.1) PCs to Windows 10 for free. However we strongly recommend you do not upgrade business PCs until all your critical business software vendors 100% support Windows 10 – otherwise you might be out on your own if something goes wrong.

Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be the new standard which is why they are making Windows available for free to those who already have a recent edition of Windows.

Bloatware/Crapware Can Be Easily Removed From New PCs

As we wrote about last month, PC manufacturers have long got away with installing crappy software which slows down Windows on brand new PCs (especially on the consumer range of devices). Manufactures can still do that with Windows 10, but there will be a new ‘one click’ way to wipe all that crap and just have a clean Windows edition again. This will be a major improvement over the current; manually uninstall and cleanup all the crapware, or completely wipe and reinstall Windows.

Windows 10 Will Probably Be The Last Edition Of Windows To Carry A Version Number

From here on, Microsoft plans to make Windows 10 the last Windows version to carry a number. Microsoft will instead create regular rolling releases which will be pushed out to Windows 10 bringing new features, security updates and other benefits. This means your PC will constantly be up to date for its lifetime once you purchase a Windows license to run on that PC.

So if you need a new computer now, don’t hesitate in getting a Windows 7 or 8 PC, Laptop or Tablet because you’ll more than likely be able to upgrade it later on to Windows 10 when your software vendors fully support it.

Windows 10 is expected to be released by September 2015.

UPDATE (23 June 2015): Microsoft has now confirmed Windows 10 will be released on 29 July 2015.

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