Windows 10 – It’s cool to hate, but actually…

On the 21 January 2015 Microsoft held a conference all about Windows 10 and it was… long.  However it did contain a number of interesting announcements.

  • Windows 10 is designed to support all devices it runs on, so keeps stuff synced up between all your Windows 10 devices.
  • It will be a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and 8 in the first year.
  • Cortana is coming to Windows, the virtual assistant currently on Windows Phone has been integrated right in to the operating system.
  • Start Menu is back, the Windows 8 Start Menu screen is now compacted into the traditional Start Menu many still love.
  • Project Spartan, Internet Explorer is dead so long live Spartan. Microsoft have a new browser coming that aims to allow people to share and make notes directly on the website itself.
  • Xbox App for Windows 10, the familiar activity feed on Xbox One is coming to Windows. Allows messaging, sharing content etc.. on PC.
  • Game DVR, like the Xbox One Microsoft are building in their Game DVR directly into Windows 10. Users will be able to hit Windows + G and record footage from any game running in Windows 10.
  • DirectX 12, is coming. From the short demo it seems to be far more efficient than version 11.
  • Stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 devices, if you own an Xbox One you will be able to stream the games you own to your other Windows 10 devices.
  • Cross Platform play is coming, Fable Heroes will be playable between Xbox One and PC players.

 

Now its easy to look at the above list and think its all a massive waste of time, indeed nearly all the people who hate Microsoft will state that regardless. It’s what they do. However for me it kind of seems like they are really trying to get things right this time. That is, assuming these things work as intended…

 

Game DVR

Operating System level built in game recording must be a good thing? I think so. Yes there are many options to do this on PC but having it as part of your OS is a bonus. Assuming it allows options. My fear with this is it will be too restricted for people to really get on board with.  If we end up with a 720p 30 fps restricted video each time then most people will continue to use other software making it pretty pointless.  I really hope that Microsoft have thought about Game DVR in Windows 10 properly.

 

DirectX 12

Not alot was said about this, but I really hope this is some serious tech. If it can streamline performance while giving us all the shiny new effects this could really boost both PC and Xbox One games.

 

Streaming

Streaming tech has a long way to go, but for me (when the TV is in use) if I have the option to play my Xbox One games via my PC I will be pretty happy unless its a terrible experience… Happy to give it a try though, would loved to be proved wrong on this front ans see something on this front that actually works.

 

As a PC, Xbox One and Windows Phone user this is all pretty exciting, the only reason I moved to a Windows Phone over an Android one was that it made sense to have one main account across all these platforms. Windows 10 seems to be pushing that focus even more and this pleases me. I just hope they do a decent job of it, not expecting it to be perfect but decent would do 😉

I look forward to jumping on the Windows 10 upgrade once its available to find out how it all works.

 

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