This past Tuesday Microsoft announced the next version of Windows, dubbed Windows 10; skipping over the number 9. The announcement was at a small press event and with little fanfare, but the big news is the availability of the new OS to the public to test; following what Apple has been doing with their updates to OSX. I downloaded the image off Microsoft’s website and first installed it as a virtual machine on my Macbook Pro using Parallels 10. It was a bit quirky at first, since Parallels likes to make things easy for you by offering you known OS’s to install. Windows 10, isn’t known to it yet, so I had to play around a little to make a VM for “Other Windows”, and point it to the ISO file for Windows 10. I must admit, the install process went far faster than I expected. It’s unclear if the fast install experience was because of Windows 10 being still a technical preview, or if this will be how the final version will install.
Upon starting up, it didn’t feel that different, there is no new logo, and everything appears like Windows 8 until you realize that there is no more Start Screen! You are taken to a more familiar Windows 7 desktop. It’s only when you hit the Windows Key or the Windows Charm you’ll notice the Start Screen is now part of a new Start Menu. Beyond this obvious change, there is the new Virtual Desktops and the enhanced task switching. I’ll try and go into these things later when I have a chance to delve into Windows 10 some more in the coming days.