Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. 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.
This is the quote on the Microsoft Blog about the new upcoming Windows 10. It is definitely a really good step for them, going for a system which does not force you into buying a touchscreen PC if you want the full experience and gets rid of the weird feeling that it is a combination of things that Microsoft thought would look cool.
First of all, the Start menu is back – and who wouldn’t be happy to see that. It has live tiles too so that you can easily see what is going on if you have a mouse. Then it does that clever witchy thing where it becomes a tablet OS if you remove the keyboard or bend the screen so that the keyboard is no longer useable. This is really what Windows 8 should have had; a robust and easy way to switch so that older PCs would not get caught in the dust.
Now we get on to my criticisms. The whole OS is new, yes. It has the stuff that people have wanted, yes. But where has that inspiration come from? I think you may have guessed it, Apple. Now Apple didn’t jump on the touchscreen PC bandwagon and they may not do (which could be detrimental for the Mac eventually, even though I prefer it this way), but Windows 10 seems to have copied a lot from OS X. For starters, including the feature of searching for web results in that already copied search bar (first introduced in Vista to mimic Spotlight) is just plain stealing. And what? You’re adding a revolutionary new feature where you can have more than one desktop? *cough* Mac OS X *cough*.
Oh and snap suggestions look a lot like an expose… Even when they copy they put it in the same sort of style. Take Task View for example, it copies Mission Control with even blurring the background. Just they put the desktops at the bottom. Revolutionary my ass.
Yes, flat icons may have been on the way you may argue but I still think that they planned it a bit weirdly to be just behind the massive Yosemite release for Mac which is mainly comprised of the flat icons and UI.
There are so many different things you could have done which include a touchscreen which would have further enhanced Windows, but you copy. In this day and age where Samsung had to pay out a billion USD for copying… Not a great move.