To say, Microsoft’s unveiling of its Windows 10 operating system was unexpected would be a complete stretch. As it became clear that Windows 8 was hurting the operating system’s reputation Microsoft tried to patch up things where it could. The Windows 8.1 update filled in many of the feature gaps and made some concessions for Windows 8 users with a mouse and keyboard. Then came BUILD 2014 and Microsoft’s acknowledgement that what it’d tried to do in Windows 8 had alienated some users and that it would work to bridge the past with the future with an upcoming Windows release.
Windows 10 is the early culmination of that work to marry the old with the new. When it formally launches sometime next year users can expect Windows 10 to offer a very different experience than what they get in Windows 8. A lot of that is due to a switch in philosophy and Microsoft acknowledging that maybe making users get used to navigation structures meant for tablets across the board isn’t necessarily a good idea. Here’s a comparison of Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1, the latest stable operating system that users can purchase on tablets or smartphones made by Microsoft and its partners. Today, we’re using the Windows 10 Technical Preview that Microsoft recently made available online. Microsoft has other releases and features planned that we don’t yet know about that will make it into the final version next year.