Article by: Lucas Ramos

Illustration by: Sung Hee Bae

On October 9, 2014, Microsoft finally unveiled its latest OS, Windows 10  to the public. This software geared towards developers and IT professionals. According to Mr. Collett, Windows 10 has a professional new server manager that benefits both faculties and students. One of the advantages to this new Server Manager interface is the capability to create server groups, Creating new server groups let students manage their tasks online so that no documents are lost and kept in storage.

However, the best aspect of the new Windows 10 is the new improved start screen.  Arguably the most controversial pain point of Windows 8 was the new Start screen, Microsoft’s new way of starting and managing apps. This mobile oriented approach to the future of the desktop was not greeted with much love by the ISM community. Students had to constantly switch between the new Start screen and the desktop. As Yoo Jean Ra says,“I’m checking my email using Outlook 2010 to find a specific document. The next obvious step is to launch a file search. But the problem is: once you click on the Start button to launch the search feature, the desktop disappears with a big swoosh and you are back on the new Start screen picture above.”

The Metro start screen may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does have undeniable benefits, chief of which is the interactive tiles. The interactive tile for the Mail application provides snippets from unread messages in the inbox, the music tiles shows which track is currently playing, and the calendar app displays forthcoming appointments in the diary.

Ken Izumikawa praises that “it is great for getting an overview of what is going on when firing up the computer first thing in the morning. I do not think I will ever forget my homework.”

Presumably, Windows 10 will bring significant advantages and continue to enhance students’ learning.

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