Microsoft was once the king of computing, but it has been in a bit of a roller coaster ride for a while. Windows Vista was a mess, then they made everything right with Windows 7. Everything went back down with Windows 8, and now they are making it all up with Windows 10. Their mobile OS hasn’t quite taken off either, and they are losing grip of the market with other mobile platforms taking the lead. What gives?
Fast-forward to the last few months and you will realize Microsoft is on its way back up with their latest endeavors. Windows 10 brings back all the features and productivity Windows 8 lacked. They are also aiming to unite all screen sizes with a single OS, while at the same time keeping form factors separated with a UI that is optimized for each screen size. Not to mention, the new platform is also offering some new capabilities that look very promising.
The latest Windows 10 event had a completely different vibe, we can tell Microsoft is no longer that outdated company that simply tried to keep up with the winning competition. The PC giant is taking on the industry like a boss, bringing back the fiery enthusiasm and innovation they once were known for, and no one could compete with.
Take a look at the new Windows 10. The familiar Windows interface is back, yet the Metro design language is as innovative as they intended it to be when it was introduced. They have done an amazing job with blending the lines between different form factors. And to make things even better, they are finally working on a good browser and slowly pushing Internet Explorer away (even though not immediately).
To make things even more exciting, your different Windows devices will now work together better than they ever did, given that many apps are synchronized via OneDrive and all devices will share the same OS. Gaming has been taken into account. The Xbox One will get Windows 10, and Windows 10 computers will be getting Xbox One streaming capabilities.
The industry has been working for years on making a seamless cross-platform experience, and Microsoft is the first to get close to making it happen. A phone running Windows 10… think about it. It will literally be a little computer in your pocket. I have to wonder if it will be possible to dock your phone or plug it into a monitor and get the full desktop experience. Now that would be grand!
Their new Surface Hub looks like a very unique and fun project, and let’s not forget about the Windows HoloLens. Oh… the HoloLens. This thing has the chance to completely change the way we look at computing devices. If handled right, it could literally replace all your computers, smart devices and electronics. The ad may be a bit too science fiction-like, but they have the basis to back it up. What they demoed was amazing!
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, though. What am I getting to with all this? For the first time in a long time, I am actually excited about what Microsoft has to offer. Microsoft has become “cool” again! Their new offerings are powerful, fun and productive. If the iPhone was the device that made smart devices explode, Windows 10 will be the platform that brings them all together.
Do you feel the same? What Microsoft announcement are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below! And thank you for lending me your ears and letting me geek out for a bit.