Microsoft has had a busy few weeks. In the last two weeks, they’ve held weekly events in California and Illinois, both of which were dedicated to the new products that Microsoft will be rolling out over the coming months. Specifically, the first event was aimed at developers – which fittingly was held in California.
The second event was dedicated to those enterprise customers that Microsoft so desperately wants to win back. The big conversation pieces at this weeks event in Chicago was led by a keynote from CEO Satya Nadella. The focus of the keynote and the rest of the event was driven by Windows 10, Edge, and not to be forgotten Microsoft Azure.
Windows 10 was highlighted by finally giving users quicker and more effective access to start menu items. The start menu has been a place throughout the build of Windows 10 where Microsoft has put a lot of energy and time. They understand at this point that the start menu was one of the biggest issues with Windows 8, and it comes down to contending with the split navigation that the desktop and start pages offer on Windows. After Windows 7, and every previous build of Windows, users were thrown off by this new look, which Microsoft has worked tirelessly to fix.
Another big improvement with Windows 10 is the update on Cortana. Microsoft has been talking about the changes that they want to make to Windows, and the incorporation of Cortana in this next operating system for a while. However, the big thing in this next update that Microsoft is planning will be giving the user the ability to remove content from Cortana. Making Cortana even more personalized, and also adding the ability to troubleshoot issues within the system will add incredible functionality that will help gain some of those enterprise users back.
Microsoft Edge is also going to be a significant upgrade and was a big part of the conversation last week. Giving users a better browser experience is something that the company has wanted to do for some time now. Internet Explorer is something that has grown old and tired over the years, and instead of attempting to reinvent something that has been a mainstay in the Windows system for two decades – it will be significantly easier to bring an entirely new entity into the fold.
Microsoft Office and Azure will also be getting significant updates for the next version of Windows. That’s a major note simply given how important both are to Windows overall operation in the computing space. This though, like the rest of the conversations taking place around Microsoft computing come down to giving users the most bang for their buck. That means giving people the opportunity to actually come back to Windows, instead of migrating away – like they have been in recent years.