How Windows 10 Can Be A Boon For Businesses
In September, when Microsoft unveiled Windows 10, the company mentioned that it was built keeping enterprise customers in mind. While Windows 8 launched over three years ago, had very little to offer to its users, apart from heavily touch-reliant interface, business users are now banking on Microsoft’s next event in January 2015, where it will reveal more details on ‘Windows 10 user experience’.
“Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver,” state Microsoft’s official blog. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has also mentioned about Windows 10 - that it will run on PCs, tablets and Windows Phones – and why Microsoft now considers itself to be a “productivity and platform” company focused on a “mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
For the tech major, the Windows segment now constitutes the third largest money generator for Microsoft, behind its Office and its enterprise software operations. The failure of gauging customer expectations with Windows 8 that was more compatible for touch-screen devices rather than desktops and with Forrester Research saying that only 20% of organizations offered employees PCs powered by Windows 8, the tech giant would not make a similar mistake.
In fact Windows 10 packs in a lot of improvements over number 8. The most important being the return of the familiar 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.
Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner has already said that Windows 10 platform will enable Microsoft to create a single Windows store for apps “tailored to every device.” Describing Windows 10 as an eventual replacement for its Windows Phone mobile OS, he said the coming Windows 10 OS as being “the best enterprise release we’ve ever done.”
He added that it will have the best of Windows 7’s features, along with security, privacy and data protection enhancements. Microsoft’s goal is to have Windows 10 “run across billions of devices,” including tapping into the “Internet of things.”
Microsoft also promised Windows 10 will be “compatible with all the traditional management systems used today,” and also provide “a very novel approach of separating corporate and personal data across all devices.”
Some of its other unique features include an improved universal search experience (integrated local results), improved multitasking features - a tool called Snap Assist allows apps to be quickly pulled from multiple desktops. And allowance for 2-in-1 devices to automatically switch between the desktop and Metro UIs based on their input mode.
In a recent Windows 10 preview, Techtree.com mentions that until now the company has made the right moves when it comes to listening to its enterprise customers, and even has the Windows Insider Program that encourages users to get in on shaping Windows 10 - reasons enough for business users to look ahead for a more suitable platform in the coming year.
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