Microsoft announced Windows 10 S at an event in New York City on May 2, 2017.The new edition joins Windows 10 Home and Pro as an option for OEMs to install on new PCs. I'm still waiting for a hands-on opportunity with this product. In the meantime, here's what we know about Windows 10 S. More Microsoft Big data, IoT, blockchain, Xamarin all on the Microsoft Build 2018 agenda How Apple, Google, and Microsoft stack up in education technology: Hardware, software, and deployment Why does Microsoft exist? How CEO Satya Nadella answered the tech giant's existential question Microsoft goes all in with Android apps for business 7 ways you can (maybe) get Microsoft Office 365 for free Where does this edition fit in the Windows 10 family?Windows 10 S is basically Windows 10 Pro, with a locked-down configuration that makes it easier to manage and less susceptible to security and performance issues.Does it run all Windows programs? No. The most important part of the … [Read more...] about What is Windows 10 S?
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Microsoft has rolled out a free evaluation version of Windows 10 Enterprise edition so you can play with it for 90 days if you're still on the fence about upgrading. On Wednesday, Microsoft officially started pushing out Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users who reserved a copy. The upgrade is free for one year, so if you haven't yet installed it, you have plenty of time to decide whether or not to dive in. The upgrade naturally wipes out your existing installation of Windows 7 or 8.1, though you can roll back if for whatever reason you don't want to stick with Windows 10. Another option, though, is to install the free 90-day trial of Windows 10 Enterprise edition to check out the new OS. But if the Windows 10 upgrade itself is free, why would you need to bother with a free evaluation edition? Well, installing the trial version gives you three months to check out Windows 10. During that time, you can still maintain your current Windows 7 or 8.1 environment for … [Read more...] about Microsoft launches free, 90-day trial of Windows 10
Microsoft's Tuesday's event was all about the enterprise; Redmond's meat-and-potatoes base. A first look at the Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise client and Windows Server Technical Preview show a host of cosmetic changes designed to appease business customers who were outraged over the UI of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, both of which were criticized as impractical in enterprise environments. And has Microsoft taken heed! Windows 10 Enterprise client and Server are step backs to the mouse-and-keyboard user experience of Windows 7, but retain the many security, performance, and ease-of-management capabilities that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 delivered. In fact, the latest server OS has many under-the-hood enhancements that IT professionals have demanded. Though both OSes are in their nascent, preview stages, I took an early look and installed and configured the enterprise client and server as Hyper-V machines in an existing Windows Server 2012 R2 … [Read more...] about An Early Look at Windows 10 for Business
Windows 10 holds the lead in innovation when it comes to desktop operating systems. Consider, for example, that the voice-activated digital assistant Cortana showed up a full year before Apple added Siri to macOS, that only Windows Hello lets you log in with your face, and that only Windows offers full touch-screen support. Furthermore, last summer's Anniversary Update added rich digital-inking capabilities, lock-screen Cortana and music controls, better security, and improvements to the interface and Edge browser. Yet even with all its forward-looking features, the OS manages to remain familiar to longtime Windows users. For this, Windows 10 joins macOS as a PCMag Editors' Choice for desktop operating systems. Microsoft's latest operating system has been far more successful than its ill-fated predecessor, Windows 8. In the 14 months of its existence, Windows 10 has attained a 23 percent desktop operating system share, with more than 400 million copies installed—a faster adoption … [Read more...] about Windows 10
Microsoft is betting big that Windows 10 is going to wash away the perceived pain that was, and for many still is, Windows 8. The business world, both enterprise and SMB, was especially leery of Windows 8 and those few who did make the jump seemed disappointed, even after being pushed to quick-fix Windows 8.1. Those folks are still smarting, but perhaps worse for Microsoft is the large portion of its customer base that has remained on Windows 7. Getting those folks to migrate means Microsoft has some serious work to do winning back the hearts and minds of business users. Fortunately for them, Windows 10 seems a big step in the right direction. Not Just a Pretty Face Any conversation about Windows 10 has to start with the user interface (UI). SMBs are often strategic in their training plans, and having an operating system that doesn't require a steep learning curve is money saved. Microsoft has clearly started listening to customer feedback, and it's done wonders for the UI in Windows … [Read more...] about Windows 10: Worth it for Business?