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Windows 10 Preview and OS X Yosemite Look More Alike Than Ever Before


Anyone who had the previous version (Mountain Lion) installed qualified for a free upgrade. Installing it was a simple process that maximized the amount of people running the latest version of the OS rather than an opportunity to squeeze dollars out of its customers. Windows 7 led the way with 52.71% of the overall market while Windows XP holds a 23.87% share, Windows 8.1 has 6.67%, WIndows 8 has 5.59%, and the reviled Windows Vista still has 3.07%. Apple’s OS X 10.9 only held 4.05% of the overall market, according to that data, but no other Apple OS made the chart that accounts for 97.6% of all operating systems. There are significant benefits to having most of your customers using one version of your OS. Support costs are lower, it’s easier for partners to develop software, and you never run into the sort of mess Microsoft did when it stopped supporting XP despite the huge number of people still using it. People really didn’t like Windows 8 Windows 8 was ahead of its time and it made people uncomfortable. The OS borrowed heavily from the way people interact with tablets while taking away many of the navigation features they had grown accustomed to over decades. It was also an OS designed for touchscreens and the majority of people using it did not have that technology. The concept behind Windows 8 was correct, but a little ahead of its time, and the execution was awful. Microsoft gave people what it thought they should want rather than what they actually wanted. Everyone thought the Start menu was going to be a Win 8 update Though Windows 10 is a major change from Windows 8, many of the updates — including the return of the Start Menu — were originally promised as future updates to Windows 8. In an April speech at Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson confirmed the return of the beloved menu, though he did not specify when or in what version of Windows it would be reinstated. “And we’re going to enable your users to find, discover, and run your Windows applications with the new Start menu,” he told the room full of developers. Though Microsoft never confirmed a return of the Start menu as an update to Windows 8, there was rampant media speculation and even some disappointment when it was not part of the two major Windows 8.1 updates. Microsoft needs to do the right thing When a company does something that annoys its customer base — even if it was done with the best of intentions — it should offer to make things right. In this case, Microsoft released an OS that was hard-to-use on non-touch devices that took away features its customers liked. It then ran a full-tilt marketing plan to coerce users to switch — including dropping support for Windows XP. Because it pushed so hard and failed to meet expectations so badly, Microsoft needs to make it right by allowingWindows8 users to upgrade for free. If your local pizza placechangesits pepperoni and a regular customer does not like it and asks for sausage instead, the pizzeria brings the new pie free of charge.
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Task View and Mission Control Mission Control in OS X Yosemite One of my favorite features in OS X is Mission Control (known as Expose until OS X Lion). Mission Control allows users to see every running program window in an organized, heads-up fashion. It also allows the user to view multiple desktops and to add additional desktops with a quick click of a button. In Windows 10 Preview, a virtually identical feature is coming called Task View. Windows 10 Preview Task View Tapping on the Task View button on the Start menu brings up each app window in heads-up mode in a grid. You can also view other virtual desktops or create your own. Yes, Virginia, virtual desktops are back. Even better, for an OS X user like me, the gesture shortcut for bringing up Task View is identical to that on OS X. Swipe three fingers up on a trackpad and the mode is exposed. I would love to see a keyboard shortcut similar to F3 on Mac, but for a preview, I like the interface. This is a very blatant OS X-ism for Windows 10, but it’s also a very good decision. Maximize works the same on both desktops I remember when I switched to full-time Mac usage, one of the biggest adjustment problems I had was that clicking on the green button on a window didn’t maximize the window to fill the whole screen, it simply expanded it to the size the application thought you might want it to be. That made it necessary to drag the window manually to fill the size of the screen. This, of course, is the opposite of how it works in Windows, where clicking on the maximize button makes the window fill the entire screen. For Mac users, this change could be infuriating, especially if trying to get more screen real estate for an application such as Safari. Back in the old days, I think I even had a special bookmarklet or hack to make the window size as large as I wanted it to be, just as a way to cope. Well, finally, with OS X Yosemite, the green button is going to act the way it has always needed to act and will fill the entire screen (invoking full-screen mode if that’s part of the app). See, Mac can steal from Windows, too. Flatness is in, Aero Glass is back As we noted in our original OS X Yosemite preview, the added translucency to the operating system is similar to what we saw with Windows Vista and Aero Glass back in 2007. Pair that with the flatter style that both Windows Modern and OS X Yosemite share, and the the UI “look” for both systems is closer than ever.
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