Two years ago Microsoft launched Windows 8. The response to which was varied, but the majority of businesses chose to stick with Windows 7. This was mostly because of the lack of the ever-familiar start menu. Some people also criticised Windows 8 for being too focused on the tablet user’s experience and neglecting the needs of employees using PC desktops.

Now Microsoft have launched a free download of a technical preview of Windows 10, the full version of which will be available to purchase next year. The jump in the name straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10 is supposed to symbolise the revolutionary leap that Microsoft is taking to prevent Windows 10 from being seen as just another upgrade.

Microsoft have stressed that the preview is just a test version and that there is still a lot of work to be done on it before it can be officially released next year. They are using the preview as a means to gain real customer feedback on the look and usability of the system. So far, other than some bugs that still need ironing out, the general reaction has been quite positive.

Largely, people are ecstatic about the return of the start menu. It works in the same way as it did in Windows 7 with a list of programmes to select and a search bar. However it also features aspects of Windows 8 with the ability to pin your Metro apps to the start bar, which you can now resize, and see an overview of your favourite apps at a glance. This effective combination of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 has been a positive aspect in the feedback so far and we await future announcements in the build up to the full release in 2015.

Article by Andrew Hampton on 16th October 2014