Windows 10 is perhaps the most anticipated version of Windows to date. It’s not only a seemless intergration of desktop and touch, powering 2 in 1 and 3 in 1 devices, but its a free update for millions of Windows 7 and 8 users. It has a powerful assistant, Cortana, which is said to learn more about you, as you interact with it. I for one, am excited to see how natural interactions with her appear to be on demonstrations.
The technical preview runs lighter in space, than previous versions of Windows, and can run on 1 or 2 GBs of RAM, like Windows 8, which is good news for mobile devices, which are screaming past the older technical specs.
With Intel bringing laptop level performance to new tablets with its 14nm processors such as the new Core-M series, the lines between desktop, laptop and tablet are about to get very blurred indeed. And that creates a sort of perfect storm for a change in the way we use mobile devices – indeed a place where consumers have been wanting to go for many years, as who really wants a phone, a tablet, a laptop, AND a desktop, when there is so much overlap of function and syncing of data?
This week Microsoft announced a developer software kit, that allows easy conversion of iOS and Android apps, to its new ‘universal app system’ (A system which can run on any platform, rather than just one). If this system takes off, not only does it mean many more Apps for Windows, but it could mean the end of the days where people talk about an OS’s ‘app ecosystem’ as a selling point. Long term yes, but this move, as with the others of Microsoft with its new OS, could have powerful impacts on consumers in the coming years.
The universal app system is designed to be able to run on your ‘phone, PC, Xbox, tablet, or even the HoloLens AR headset‘.
This combination of platformless conversion software kits, and the move toward a true hybrid OS, is a powerful bid to draw developers, that could potentially work as well as playstations entry bid for game developers by dropping licensing fees. And ultimately, it is software that draws us to a platform, not just the OS features.
And in the end, all this is exciting for us, the end users. And for me. A device that runs at laptop level, that can fill the function of three devices, and with much more software potentially? Yes, please.