History and Future of Windows

There can’t be many users who wouldn’t agree that Windows 10 is the best and most innovative OS from Microsoft for some years. However, in the short time since its release, it has seen many changes and improvements. Over the next few pages we will look at Windows 10 from its launch in 2015, right up to today, and then on into the future for the OS.

►Windows 7/8.1

In contrast to Windows Vista, Windows 7 was generally praised by critics, who considered the operating system to be a major improvement over its predecessor due to its increased performance, its more intuitive interface (with particular praise devoted to the new taskbar), fewer User Account Control popups, and other improvements made across the platform. The update to Windows 8 and 8.1 was not so well received. Although reaction towards its performance improvements, and security enhancements was positive, the new user interface was widely criticised for being confusing and difficult to learn; especially when used with a keyboard and mouse instead of a touchscreen.

► Windows 10 Launch

The initial release of Windows 10, codenamed Threshold 1, was a big event. Given away free to users of older versions of Windows, 10 introduced new innovations like Cortana, Microsoft Edge and the Xbox app. Multitasking was made easier with improvements to Snap Assist and the addition of Task View and the Action Center. Windows Hello added biometric authentication that provided users with instant access to Windows 10 devices simply by showing your face or using your fingerprint to login.v

► November Update

This small update, known as Threshold 2, was more about consolidating the Windows 10 launch version and fixing some initial release bugs, than it was about adding new belts and whistles. Cortana, Edge and the Start menu were all improved, with the only completely new addition to the OS being the Find My Device feature. There was, however, a significant boost to system performance as Windows 10 was further optimised.

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