|If you’re interested in checking out Windows 10, download and install the Windows 10 Technical preview, and then join the Windows Insider program to get the newest builds. If you're already a part of the Windows Insider program then you’ll know that the third public build of Windows 10 – build 9879 – is rolling out now.
Hang on a sec, I didn’t even know Windows 10 technical preview was here – tell me about it!
Back on September 30, Joe Belfiore and Terry Myerson announced the next version of the Windows client – Windows 10 – in a live event. At the same time, the Technical Preview of Windows 10 was made available for users and enterprises to download, install, test, and give feedback.
What’s new in Windows 10? There are a bunch of new features that were introduced in Windows 10 Technical Preview. For a detailed list, check the blog from the Operating Systems team at Blogging Windows. Amongst the new features, the following really stand out:
Redesigned Start Menu: The familiar start menu is back, but with a new customizable space for your apps and tiles.
Windowed Store Apps: Now all apps can run in windows mode, including Windows Store Apps!
Windows running across broad range of devices: Windows 10 will deliver one converged platform. That means apps that can run and scale across devices from embedded IoT through to Phone, Tablet, Desktop, XBOX, and the huge touch-screen PPI displays.
Proposed end to wipe-and-reload upgrades: A key goal of the Windows team for this update is to provide a smooth in-place upgrade experience for customers whether they are coming from Windows 7, or Windows 8.1. No more should we need to do massive wipe and reload deployments when upgrading windows, which means it be easier to keep up to date.
An app store experience for business: The ability to purchase Windows Store Apps in bulk and assign, and re-assign licenses, will be of huge benefit to companies. This will be delivered along with a customized Windows Store experience so that companies can curate the list of store apps provided to their users.
The latest for Windows Insiders – build 9879: On November 12 the third preview build – build 9879 – was rolled out to members of the Windows Insider program. With this release there were a number of UX refinements made, some directly as a result of feedback provided by insiders! Amongst the new features are a handful of gestures that can be used on touchpads, some updates to the OneDrive integration including selective sync, native support for the MKV video file format. Check out these in more detail here.
To dig a little deeper into the new features, and to get some insight into how management and deployment is evolving, there is a free Windows 10 Technical Preview Fundamentals for IT Pros live event happening on November 21 at 6am NZ time. This event will be captured and loaded back up onto Microsoft Virtual Academy so you then will be able to access it on demand. Register for the above link and either catch it live, if you’re an early bird, or catch it later.