Windows 10 Preview Shows What Windows 8 Should Have Looked Like

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2014-10-15

Microsoft has fired the opening salvo in its battle to regain dominance on the desktop with a preview edition of Windows 10 (or Wind-X if you prefer). The preview edition is intended to give Windows users, especially those in the enterprise, as much time as possible to get ready for the operating system and likely as much time as necessary to satisfy themselves that it's not Windows 8. While this version of Windows is in fact a big step beyond the failed version that was Windows 8, it's not really as separate as Microsoft perhaps would like you to think it is. Instead, what we have with Windows 10 is probably what Windows 8 should have been, especially when it comes to the needs of desktop users. The differences in Windows 10 are especially clear when it's used in a typical mouse-and-keyboard environment that brings back the Windows 7 features that users liked along with the improvements built into Windows 8 that still make sense. What that means to most users is that the Start Menu is back, although it's partly morphed into a shrunken version of the Windows 8 start screen.

Wayne Rash Wayne has been a freelance writer and editor with a 35 year history covering technology. He's a frequent contributor to eWEEK and Techweb. Rash is a frequent guest on a variety of network news and talk shows, and has appeared recently on NPR, Fox Business News and NBC as a technology expert. He is the author of five books, including his most recent, "Politics on the Nets," which was featured on National Public Radio in October. You can mail Wayne here.

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