The Windows 10 technical preview is now open for all to try out. I’ve just taken the plunge and done an in-place upgrade of my main PC (was Windows 8.1) and it’s all come back up fine with no need to re-install anything (so far). It’s available for anyone who want’s to try it out from here:
Welcome to the WinX club!
Is Windows 10 really a whole new OS version? No, I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure it was what they were going to release as Windows 8.2 (Windows 8, Update 2) but decided to go with the approach that worked well for the change from Vista to Windows 7. Try to cut the connection between the bad press of Windows 8 and learn from previous mistakes. Again. I’m sure Apple is in a panic now that Microsoft has finally caught up in OS version numbers.
As I play with it some more, I’ll add to the following list with anything that grabs my attention. I’m not expecting a huge number of surprises as it really does just seem to be Windows 8 with a some updated GUI elements.
- Being able to have Metro/NewUI apps as windowed instead of full screen/snapped is really nice.
- Considering it was an in-place upgrade, it is noticeably faster. Whatever extra special caching/pre-loading is going on is working REALLY well.
Some odd little things removed, like dragging a window to the top or side of the screen to snap the window doesn’t make it full screen or half screen anymore. You have to double-click the title bar, or the maximise window button. In fact all Snap actions have stopped working
- Found a TechNet forum post from someone having the same problem. They found the “Show window content while dragging” option being disabled also disables snap, so there’s something strange going on here
- Using Remote Desktop (RDP) usually disables this feature to improve performance, but for some reason Windows10 is also disabling snap and then not enabling it again after the RDP session ends. The option is still enabled for the show contents, but you need to untick and re-tick to reenable the snap function again
- Same quirk as Windows 8, but on multi-monitors, if I click an icon in the taskbar, I’d like that app to open on the monitor I clicked it in. Same applies to the start menu that appears on all monitors (update: The start menu does in fact now open on whichever is the currently “active” monitor. ie. the screen you last clicked on)
- On Windows 7 if you try to drag a window to the bottom of the screen it would get “stuck” just above the taskbar. On Win8 it lets you drag all the way to the bottom of the screen *behind* the taskbar where you can’t get to it again. The only way is to use peek, then right-click and maximise the app
- Start Menu – I guess it will be the big thing that get people over the whole “windows 8 is crap” thing, and it’s just something I’ll have to get used to. I actually preferred the ability to see a lot more in the Full screen start menu, despite the “jarring” transition when changing from the desktop. I think it will be good for a lot of people, and I will get used to it. It does have some nice additions though. (Just found there is an option to use the old Start Screen instead)