Windows 10 is not just a new OS but an entire platform that will span across every possible connected gadgets, PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Phablets, Mobile phones, TV’s, Wearable accessories, Holographic Computers and even the Xbox One.
Microsoft has opened up its doors to welcome its new built Windows 10 OS. Windows 10 being the first truly cross-device operating system, an OS that works seamlessly on mobiles, tablets and computers. This doesn’t mean the Windows 10 you install on a PC is the Windows Phone 10 you install on a handset; it just means that Microsoft expects you to transition from one device to another smoothly.
Microsoft Windows 10 Goal
The company’s goal of getting Windows 10 onto a billion devices within three years. Microsoft says it’s releasing the software in waves to make sure downloads go smoothly.
Over 14 million computers, were upgraded to Windows 10 OS within 24 Hrs after the software was released as a free download on 29th July, 2015.
Windows 10 is now on more than 100 million devices as of September, 2015 this number does not include copies that were sold to PC manufacturers and resellers.
It refers to activated copies of Windows 10, which is an upgrade and counting …. While these numbers are encouraging, Microsoft hopes to see Windows 10 installed on a billion devices by the summer of 2018.
During its Build 2015 keynote, Microsoft just unveiled a new Windows 10 feature it's calling Continuum for Phones. It allows smartphones running Microsoft's latest OS to transform into desktop PCs or at least an experience that's very close. Encouraging developers to create universal apps that work on a desktop, a phone and even Xbox.
Windows 10 is currently split into seven different editions, the key two being Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro edition, which mostly mirror the home versions of Windows that we’re used to.
There’s little left out, you’ll get hot new features such as Cortana and the Edge web browser, as well as Windows-standard security tools such as secure boot and Windows Defender. If you’re currently using Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic or Home Premium, or the standard Windows 8.1, this is the version you’ll get as part of your free upgrade.
Windows 10 Pro is designed for more advanced operation, and includes a few more additional features, including the ability to host a Remote Desktop session, additional data security with Bitlocker and the Encrypted File System (EFS), additional networking components, and Hyper-V, which allows the creation of virtual machines. In addition, the Pro edition will offer the option to defer updates for a limited time (the Home version applies updates automatically without user intervention) and ups the RAM support from 128GB to 512GB. Professional or Ultimate versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 will tick over to Windows 10 Pro.
Other versions include Windows 10 Enterprise, which is tailored specifically for business use on stability-critical systems, and a similar skew for academia, Windows 10 Education – both are available only to those who qualify for volume licensing, so they’re unavailable for use in the home.
Windows 10 ioT Core is a slimmed-down version of Windows 10 that runs on the Raspberry Pi 2 and Intel's MinnowBoard MAX—credit card-sized computer boards that makers use to prototype connected gadgets and embedded devices that may or may not have screens.
Microsoft is making Windows a “service” with constant upgrades, new features, and patches resulting in a more dynamic and user friendly computing environment.
The best part of Windows 10 architecture is, it’s a perfect match even for a decade old PC or Laptop. The OS is fully compatible and performs best even with less system resources (Processor & Memory).
Processor: 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Another wonderful option is to keep all the existing applications in tact without the need of reinstalling them again after the windows 10 update.
Microsoft has made two major meta-level changes to Windows 10, Windows as a Service and Continuum.