Microsoft recently announced the next generation of their operating system – Windows 10.

Windows 10 is not just a new interface. It has an enterprise and business focus. More of what businesses need has been integrated into the OS such as enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features, simplified management and deployment, and continued improvements based on customer feedback.

Windows 10 will unify the Windows platform. This means there will be one version of Windows for all devices, including embedded Internet of Things devices, phones, tablets, desktops, and servers. This doesn’t mean every device will have the same UI. The “User Experience” will be tailored for the different device types. The goal that Microsoft is trying to achieve is to have one application platform for developers, so developers are able to build applications that can target the entire Windows product family.

New Features of Windows 10

  • Start Menu:

    An updated and expanded Start Menu is returning in Windows 10 that adds customizable space for live tiles and applications.

  • Apps Run In a Window:

    Modern apps from the Windows Store now open in the same way desktop programs do. Previously, modern apps would only run full screen. These apps can now be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top with buttons for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.

  • Virtual Desktops:

    Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between them easily to pick up where you left off on each one.

  • New Task View Button:

    There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any virtual desktops you create.

Windows 10 will also introduce new features that protect against modern security threats. These improvements will be easy to manage and will not compromise the user experience.

Security Improvements in Windows 10

    • Identity Protection and Access Control:

      Integrates multi-factor authentication into the operating system itself, eliminating the need for additional hardware security peripherals. Once enrolled, devices themselves become one of two factors that are required for authentication. The second factor will be a PIN or biometric.

  • Information Protection:

    Protection of corporate data enables automatic encryption of corporate apps, data, email, website content, and other sensitive information, as it arrives on the device from the corporate network. When users create new original content, they can define which documents are corporate versus personal. If desired, companies can designate all new content created on the device as corporate by policy. Additional policies can be enabled to prevent data from being copied from corporate to non-corporate documents or to external locations such as social networks.

  • Threat Resistance:

    Organizations will have the ability to lock down devices. Devices can be configured to only allow trusted apps that are signed using a Microsoft provided signing service to be run. Organizations will have the flexibility to choose what apps are trustworthy, apps that are signed by themselves, specially signed apps from ISVs, apps from the Windows Store, or all of the above.

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is available to test right now through the Windows Insider Program. This program is intended for PC experts and IT pros who are comfortable using pre-release software. Members will receive a steady stream of early builds with the latest features to test. Here are the system requirements if you would like to test the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your PC:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

Microsoft expects to release the Windows 10 operating system in fall of 2015.


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