If you’ve seen Microsoft’s announcement for Windows 10 earlier today, you may need had the identical thought course of I did. “Have I been dwelling underneath a rock? Did I utterly miss Windows 9?” Or fairly probably:
The good news is that you simply’re superb and also you’re not in a perpetual time loop. Microsoft is simply actually pleased with the subsequent era of Windows software program. So proud that they’re simply skipping Windows 9 altogether and going proper for the 10. According to Microsoft, it’s simply going to be that substantial of an replace. I hope for their sake that they’re proper, as a result of Microsoft might actually use the morale increase on all fronts. I assume it’s fairly protected to say that Windows 8 hasn’t precisely been a house run hit for the corporate, particularly with regards to their smartphones.
Microsoft isn’t with out their deserves, although. Windows Phone is a lot higher than Windows Mobile might ever be, and the general idea of Windows 8’s design works very properly within the type of a telephone or a tablet. That being stated, Windows Phone was, and on some fronts nonetheless is, lacking a number of parts that made smartphones really easy and nice to make use of. The lack of notification middle (pre 8.1) and the preliminary and steady lack of a number of mainstream purposes make adoption of the platform cautious for customers. There’s additionally the difficulty that solely Windows Phone and BlackBerry at present expertise, and that's no Google Apps (which many individuals closely rely upon).
Now that 8.1 has Action Center and folders, there’s not an entire lot left to do to be able to make Windows Phone a true contender among more popular options. Really, all we'd like is extra app help (each for extra mainstream purposes and in addition higher app help for widespread apps already out there, as typically occasions it's clear that a Windows Phone app was solely haphazardly created) and, if attainable, the addition of Google Apps. I’m positive there shall be a few design modifications introduced with Windows Phone 10, however I additionally don’t assume will probably be something too drastic provided that Windows Phone is extraordinarily minimal with regards to design. It doesn’t appear to be that’s going to vary anytime quickly, because it shouldn’t. Minimalism is a part of what makes Windows Phone so distinctive and straightforward to make use of.
While Windows Phone 10 wasn’t the primary focus of in the present day’s occasion, we did study just a little bit about what we will anticipate from the brand new platform, and that’s unification of all units operating on Windows 10 whether or not it’s telephone, tablet, or pc. According to Microsoft, this implies any Windows software will have the ability to work throughout any sort of system, and the apps will probably be scaled accordingly. So, that’s fairly cool if in case you have multiple Windows product. It’s what they name “... the subsequent pure step up from Windows 8.1.”
I’m unsure if the truth that Microsoft skipping 9 and going straight to 10 means there are too many main modifications coming for Windows Phone a lot because the modifications being made to the desktop software program (just like the return of the Start Menu, yeuhhh boi!) however provided that it’s going to be one other yr or so earlier than we truly see the platform(s) launched, I suppose we’ve obtained a number of months to start out determining what precisely we have to make Windows Phone an excellent various platform to the almighty Android and iOS. I nonetheless really feel that there is a whole lot of potential inside Windows Phone that hasn't been used but, and I'd wish to see it occur earlier than it is too late.
Now that we find out about Windows 10 and a few of the plans for the longer term, what do you hope Windows Phone 10 will get out of the deal? Let us know your ideas within the feedback under!