It is no secret that Microsoft’s last major operating system upgrade, dubbed Windows 8, was not met with resounding fan support, especially from office denizens. While trying to appeal to tablet users with a touch-friendly “metro” interface and tablet-centric apps, Microsoft lost significant credibility with mainstream users who rarely use touch devices in the office. “Give me back my old Windows 7. Why can’t I keep Win XP?” were some of the comments we heard frequently around the office. “Where did my Start menu go?” was a question that Microsoft apparently heard quite frequently in their offices. When Microsoft released Windows 10 earlier this year, it highlighted the reinstatement of a Start menu loud and clear. Windows 7 refugees can safely cross on over now to the Windows 10 Promised Land.
But the reappearance of the Start menu was just one of the more visible changes to Windows 10. Under the hood, so to speak, Microsoft has crafted a brand new system that cleverly takes advantage of mobile, touch-friendly devices without alienating the masses who still use mouse and keyboard to navigate around their daily work. In other words, Windows 10 is what Windows 8 was supposed to be….an operating system that bridges the gap between the mobile and desktop worlds. The only difference is that now Microsoft at least seems to have it right. If you are working on a traditional desktop PC, Windows 10 will work remarkably like Windows 7, with some extra bells and whistles for fun. However, if you are using a mobile device, or even switch from desktop mode to tablet mode on a convertible device (like a Surface Pro 3), Windows 10 is smart enough to know and will optimize the interface to a touch-friendly mobile style.