Microsoft looks to move past Windows 8 issues with new Windows 10

March 9, 2015

Kyle Guthrie
kguthri2@uccs.edu

Microsoft has unveiled plans for the upcoming Windows 10 operating system and students might be wondering if UCCS is planning to invest in an update.

The program promises to streamline some of the chief complaints created by its predecessor, Windows 8, which had a bumpy rollout.

The troublesome release of Windows 8 was met with criticism from publications such as Newsweek, PC World, IT World and Boy Genius Review, along with users across the globe due to countless problems with hardware installation.

The problems included computer crashes due to pre-existing software, incompatible drivers and outdated firmware.

Computers sold on the basis of switching over to Windows 8 crashed during the installations, and the problems caused Windows users to accuse Microsoft of not properly testing their software before the release.

In addition to the multiple technical hiccups created during the rollout, many users are unhappy with the operating system itself. One complaint is that the system does away with the start menu, which has been a staple of Windows programs for decades.

Microsoft promised that these issues were resolved with the upcoming upgrade to Windows 10, and said that the update will more efficiently streamline the operating system for use with tablets.

One of the features that has been confirmed for Windows 10 is the innovative Spartan web browsing system.

This browser will operate on a new rendering system and features several additions that promise to enhance browsing. It will also feature tips from the innovative help system Cortana.

Another feature of the operating system will be a linking program which will let the user link all annotations on multiple pages to a certain point. Additionally, the operating system will allow the user to make annotations and comments anywhere on the page with a touch of the screen.

Other parts of the operating system include notification settings being linked across devices, multiple desktop interface improvements, and an action center for easy access to features such as Wi-Fi connections or device linking.

But many users wonder if the rollout of the new update will be any better than the rollout of Windows 8, particularly after receiving the same promises.