The latest version of Microsoft's personal computer operating system, Windows 10, was released earlier in the month. It's an unfinished version designed for technical whizzes, like our Nerds, to have a play with and give feedback to the software developers as they work on bringing Windows 10 to market some time next year.
Here are the 10 things we like about the unfinished version, which we hope Microsoft cling to.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview does away with the Modern User Interface which appeared when you started the machine up in Windows 8 and 8.1. Instead Windows 10 (they skipped Windows 9) goes straight to the familiar looking Start screen. We spent little time in the touch friendly apps and most of our time in the traditional Desktop style apps. The Windows button on both the PC keyboard and in the bottom left of the Desktop screen calls up a more traditional looking list of programs to start alongside a list of Modern User Interface touch friendly applications. Modern User Interface apps, like People, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Store, now open in traditional looking windows so they can run alongside more traditional apps like Microsoft OneNote, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher and Word. No more confusion. There's only one version of Internet Explorer in the Technical Preview. Microsoft has stripped the Modern User Interface version out. Whether it stays out remains to be seen. Search is back, pinned to the bottom left hand part of the Taskbar right next to the Windows button. It's in a very similar place to where it used to be in previous versions of Windows. It's much easier to keep your Desktop tidy in Windows 10 thanks to the new Task View button places on the Taskbar next to Search. It looks like two sheets of paper stacked on top of each other and enables you to create specific Desktops for defined situations. Pin all your Desktop style apps to one for when you are in the office and all your Modern User Interface apps to another for when the screen is detached and being used as a touch style tablet computer. Old, legacy style, software runs on Windows 10. Adobe's Photoshop and Premiere Elements run alongside its more powerful Creative Suite versions. Multimedia software from the likes of Nero and Roxio also perform well in Windows 10. Although we did have compatibility issues with installing the latest version of Norton 360. That will be fixed for the full release. Windows 10 comes with its own antivirus software, Windows Defender, built in. But you get what you pay for so paid for security software, such as ESET NOD32, is always better than free offerings. Updating a personal computer running Windows 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 is a quick and seamless process. No programs or apps installed with the previous versions were removed in the upgrade, although we did lose our personal documents. Good job we'd backed them up as warned. We love that Microsoft has built this early version of the new Windows with the ability to quiz the user on the stuff they like and don't like in it. The company really seems to be listening to its customers and trying to make this version the very best yet