10 Things CXOs Should Know About Windows 10
The countdown has already begun… Tech major Microsoft will roll out its latest operating system Windows 10 on July 29. With its new operating system, the PC software giant is struggling to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and online information. Here are 10 things every CXO should know about Windows 10.
1. Microsoft is counting on tens and hundreds of millions of people to download its latest release for free in the coming months. The launch will be accompanied by a global marketing campaign for an event the company hopes will be ‘pivotal’ — both for PC users around the world and for the company.
2. Microsoft has already announced that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to the new version of its desktop operating system for absolutely no cost. Even if you don’t own a licensed copy of its Windows 7 or 8, you can experience the operating system for free, as long as you have a Microsoft account.
3. Windows 10 is coming to PCs and tablets first, but the apps built on it can run across PCs, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop PCs, the Xbox console as well as Internet of Things wares. This is great news for commercial and enterprise developers, who will have a much easier time at creating tools, applications and integrations for the OS, without having to re-write them from scratch for different devices.
4. Windows 10 marks the return of the start menu. Windows 10 packs in a lot of improvements over number 8 and hence brings back the Start menu. Microsoft mentioned the Windows Store on Windows 10 will allow businesses to customize and manage delivery of apps and updates to users. This would be a boon for CIOs and IT managers for having the control of their devices, believe experts. Users will be able to download approved public apps from the Windows Store, as well as in-house apps, the company had said in a statement earlier.
5. Windows 10 comes with much better security features. Microsoft said it has stacked identity protection and access control, information protection and threat resistance - all to the latest device. For example, Windows 10 will have two-factor authentication, a data loss prevention technology. It offers a very novel approach of separating corporate and personal data across all devices. Corporate apps, data, email, web content and other sensitive information will be automatically encrypted by Windows 10 both on desktops and mobile devices.
IT managers will be able to establish policies that control which apps can access corporate data, and Windows 10 also extends VPN control options to protect this data in devices owned by employees. In the area of threat and malware resistance, Windows 10 will have features to lock down devices and only allow users to run apps that have been signed using a Microsoft provided signing service.
6. Windows 10 offers a “holographic computing platform” with APIs for developers to create 3D apps and with a HoloLens, for viewing holograms in high definition and surround sound.
7. Cortana, Often called Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Siri, is being trasferred from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10. This will now enable CIOs interact with their computers and applications using voice commands.
8. Two browsers is yet another pleasant feature to lure business users. The browser code-named Project Spartan that comes with Windows 10 will be powered by a new rendering engine and provide what Microsoft calls “a more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience.” There are even advanced features include web-page annotation, clutter-free reading mode and Cortana integration.
9. Microsoft skipped the name Windows 9, as if to distance itself further from the last release. While many analysts believe Windows 8 made sagging PC sales even worse, it’s unclear if Windows 10 will spur the industry back to growth.
10. Microsoft has joined the FIDO Alliance and has added its biometrics technology to the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade. As the use of passwords coming under increased scrutiny, Microsoft is taking steps to move beyond them. With Windows 10, Windows devices and Microsoft-owned and partner SaaS services supported by Azure Active Directory authentication can be accessed via an enterprise-grade two-factor authentication solution — without a password.
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