I downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview and gave it a test drive. Overall it runs fast, brings back the Start Menu with tiles, has transparency lacking in Windows 8, and runs well. It has a multiple desktops feature, similar to that offered in Linux. But it seems better designed in Linux. Windows Media Player played my MP4 files fine and appears less crippled than in Win8. I did run into some compatibility issues, as Avast would not run on it. So used Avira instead. Otherwise it was very stable. There will no doubt be more changes, as we get closer to release next year. Below is a screenshot and a link where you can get it. Enjoy.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview includes a new feature called multiple virtual desktops. This has been a free utility for any Windows version for a while using Dexpot. Below is information on this and where to get it. Enjoy.
Review: Dexpot makes virtual desktops feel like a native part of Windows
Large desktop workstations often have more than enough screen
real-estate: One or two 24-inch monitors afford plenty of room for a
mission-critical application, plus several chat or email windows
alongside. But if you're a laptop user squeaking by with a single
15-inch monitor (or perhaps something even smaller), a virtual desktop
might be the next best thing to an extra monitor. Dexpot (25 Euros,
which is $33 on 2/21/12; free for personal use) is a great way to get
yourself one. Or five.
If I had to describe Dexpot in one word, I'd pick "customizable." I
can't think of a single aspect of Dexpot you can't customize: the
animation (or lack thereof) used to switch between virtual desktops, the
number of desktops, hotkeys and hot corners for switching desktops
using keyboard and mouse, whether or not a virtual desktop spans all
your monitors are just one, and the list goes on.
When an application decides to go all-out on customization, the
result is usually bloat. Dexpot tries to let you eat your cake and have
it, too, by compartmentalizing features into plug-ins you can enable or
disable as you prefer. Disable the animations plug-in, and sure enough,
the animations go away—and so do the options for controlling them. So
not only can you customize the options to your liking, you can customize
whether or not the options are even there to begin with.
Using virtual desktops productively is a learned skill. That's
because it's a paradox: A GUI assumes being able to see your
applications. Hide them in an imaginary desktop, and you might well
forget to come back to them later. To overcome this, Dexpot includes
visual hints keeping the virtual desktops and the applications they
contain in view. True to form, Dexpot offers several such features,
ranging from a tiny indicator in the system tray showing the number of
the desktop you're on, through a compact desktop switcher built into the
Windows taskbar, all the way to an Exposé-like feature that tiles your
screen with scaled-down versions of all windows from all desktops, so
you can easily click the one you want without having to think what
desktop it's on (you can't get to it by typing its title, though).
There's also a full-screen preview mode, subdividing the screen into
separate desktops which you can then drag windows between.
When relegating a window to another virtual desktop, some users
prefer to have it disappear from the Alt-Tab task switcher and taskbar;
others prefer to have it stay there. Dexpot leaves this up to you,
making it easy to experiment.
Dexpot's staggering array of plug-ins and fine-grained configuration
options means that to benefit from the application you need only agree
with its basic premise, that virtual desktops can be a useful thing. The
rest is negotiable, flexible, and adjustable.
Being able to customize everything means you might have to experiment
with Dexpot for some time, until you hit a combination of settings that
make sense for you. But if you take the time to do this, you might
realize that a single 15-inch monitor is not so small after all.
Note: The Download button on the Product Information page will download the software to your system.
Today Microsoft officially announced the next version of Windows,
which was expected to be called Windows 9, or maybe Windows One, or even
maybe just Windows. But it’s Windows 10. Here are the highlights.
The short version is that Microsoft has realized that desktop users
really were unhappy with Windows 8, and this version of Windows focuses
on using the desktop. Windows 10 aims to unify everything together, so
it’s one platform and one store for everything across all devices. Apps
written for Windows 10 will work on Windows tablets and even Windows
Phone. Note: these screenshots were taken directly from the announcement post.
We’ll have our hands on the actual release in the next day or so and
will be talking more about how it all works once we get into the details
ourselves. You can get your hands on Windows 10 from preview.windows.com at some point in the next day.
UPDATE: The download is live and here is how to install Windows 10.
The Start Menu Is Back
By far the most important thing about Windows 10 is that the start
menu has returned, and now you can pin all of those Metro tiles directly
to the menu. You can resize it and customize it however you would like.
Metro / Modern / Universal / Windows Store Apps Run in a Window
We’re not quite sure what they are being called these days, but all
of those Windows Store applications can now be run in a window on the
desktop just like everything else. On a tablet they can still run full
screen, of course, but on a desktop or laptop, they will run like a
regular desktop application.
That means you can tile them or switch between them just like you
would expect, and it also means that they will finally start to become
useful, and maybe we’ll see better apps created by programmers that
weren’t interested in writing apps only for touch devices before.
New Task Switcher with Easy Access Button
To make switching between applications more easy, there’s a button on the taskbar that opens up the task switcher view.
That task switcher button also exposes a new feature that has finally
been added — virtual desktops. Sure, you’ve been able to use this with
third-party software for years, but it’s finally integrated directly
into the operating system.
For more on the features, you can watch their announcement video.
Some of the other things we know about Windows 10 right now:
The final version won’t be available until the middle of 2015.
The command prompt finally has been updated and you can use CTRL + V to paste into the prompt. It’s about time!
The Charms bar will probably be going away for desktop users, although it might still be in the preview version.
Nobody understands why it is called Windows 10 instead of Windows 9.
Getting Your Hands on Windows 10
According to the announcement, you’ll be able to get your hands on
the Technical Preview through their new Windows Insider program, which
we understand will be open to everybody and available at this URL: http://preview.windows.com
We’ll have a copy in our hands soon and learn as much as we can. The
one thing we can tell you right now is that you shouldn’t install this
on your primary PC, since it’s just a preview.
UPDATE: The download is live and here is how to install Windows 10.