Windows 10: the integrated OS for desktop and mobile users


With the release of Windows 10 now available, users who have downloaded the technical preview were relieved to see the return of a familiar Windows 7 user interface. Though when Windows 7 was released in 2009, mobile was not as prevalent as it is now; thus, the Windows 10 improvements and implementations of a mobile-friendly interface make it the ideal operating system for longtime holdouts still using Windows XP or Vista.

Windows 8’s interface was such a dramatic change from its predecessor; many thought its design was more restrictive than useful. While tablet users were given a great interface to experience on a touch screen, desktop users were paralyzed with the app-centric interface and moving icons. Running the Windows 10 operating system on a tablet will again be a great experience for users given its similar design to Windows 8’s tiles. But this system has a new flair to it, with knowledge Microsoft gained from the Windows 8 start menu. It’s my opinion that Microsoft worked hard at combining the two clashing worlds of desktop and laptop users with mobile tablet users into one integrative OS with Windows 10’s start menu and overall user design experience.

In the Windows 10 release, Cortana is being introduced to PC users. The voice recognition and text-assisted computer AI allows for ease of access and a different approach on completing tasks. But, it is not without its flaws. Personally, I have a deep voice and accent. Cortana has a hard time understanding the timbre of my voice, which is why I likely will not use Cortana. But for most users, Cortana on a desktop will improve the desktop PC experience: a touchscreen wasn’t a life-changing opportunity for desktop users. Cortana is likely to have a much bigger effect on users’ desktop experience.

Probably the best optimizations in Windows 10 comes with the very close integration with OneDrive, Office apps, and my local hard disk. With such seamless synchronization across the channels offline and online, I am able to work on documents at the office, and continue to connect and revise them over the weekends on my laptop while I am at home. In Windows 10, this experience is executed much more smoothly than it was in Windows 8.

Come July 29, I will be making the move to Windows 10, along with a lot of other eager users. If you are interested in an easy upgrade solution to migrate your files, settings, users, and even applications from your old operating system to the new Windows 10 OS without overwriting the system, you’ll want to read more about our product: PCmover Windows Upgrade Assistant here.

A Solution to the Windows Upgrade Dilemma

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PCmover supports 2 core migration scenarios:

  1. PC to PC Migration
  2. In-place Upgrade

1. The Standard PC to PC Migration

The easiest way to enjoy the latest Windows release is to buy a new PC loaded with the new OS, and to use PCmover to migrate all of the applications, data, and settings to the new PC using a Laplink Ethernet or USB Transfer cable, a network connection, or external media (e.g., external USB hard drive).

An alternative way is to either create an image on an external hard drive (PCmover provides the necessary functionality to do that) or to take the existing hard drive out of the old PC and to connect the old hard drive (or the image) to the new PC, load PCmover, and all applications, data, and settings will be transferred to the new PC.

2. The In-Place Upgrade: Custom Install without Drive Formatting

All Windows XP, Vista, and 32-bit Windows 7/8/8.1 users who upgrade to Windows 10 will be required to perform a clean (custom) install. The user will likely be able to choose between re-formatting their hard drive and installing Windows 10 without a re-format.

For users who have no external device or do not want to take the extra step, and still want to upgrade their PC to Windows 10 without losing all of their data and settings (without having to re-install all their applications), PCmover offers an easy solution.

Simply install Windows 10 without re-formatting the hard drive (customer install), subsequently install and run PCmover which will automatically restore all the applications, data and settings from the Windows.old directory. This is the only method to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, and 32-bit Windows 7 to Windows 10 without having to re-install all your applications and without having to back up all your data in advance.

Users might insist on a clean install or need to have a pre-defined image of Windows 10 installed. In this case PCmover (Business Edition only) can run PCmover on the source PC and move all applications, data and settings to external storage.  After the PC is reformatted and Windows 10 is installed, the user can then re-install PCmover, which will automatically restore the applications, data, and settings to the PC.

Depending on the size of the installed data, it is recommended to use an external or network hard drive rather than online storage, as bandwidth and speed limitations can throttle performance dramatically.

Recycle or Resell your old PC safely

With Microsoft announcing the release of Windows 10 on July 29th, with a range of new devices available to consumers, the question to ask yourself is: What will you do with your old PC? Sell it? Throw it away? Did you know that when you delete data under Windows, it is not truly “deleted”? That it is in fact still there and very easy to recover?

Fact 1: Deleting files or documents “normally” on a Windows operating system simply moves those files to the recycle bin to start with. These files only disappear from view when the recycle bin is full or the user proactively empties it.
Fact 2: In truth the files are still on the computer drive – only the references to them in the file system index have actually been removed. As a result the files you think are deleted are actually still on the disk or drive and can easily be recovered with the best file recovery software, such as Laplink SafeErase.

Fact 3: Even formatting a hard disk is not enough to securely delete confidential data!

What should I do?

Solution: You must delete your hard disks and SSDs permanently with Laplink SafeErase before you sell or pass them on! It is the only way you can protect your privacy and prevent identity theft!

Windows 10 and PC migration

“Microsoft is doing a lot of good things right now and we believe the launch of Windows 10 later this year will not only have a significant impact on Microsoft’s share of the market, but on the industry as a whole,” said Jean Philippe Bouchard, Research Director, Tablets at IDC. – IDC, 2015

When Windows 10 releases later this month, it is to great expectations. Unlike Windows 8, it is anticipated that existing PC users will switch much more rapidly to Windows 10. Here are a number of reasons why:

  1. Windows 10 will be more user friendly than Windows 8, including a redesigned and optimized Start menu, virtual desktops, and resizable Windows Store apps that behave more like legacy apps.
  2. Analysts predict massive conversions from XP, Vista, 7, and even 8/8.1, supported by the fact that it will be free for Win 7 and Win 8/8.1 users.
  3. Windows 10 is the real successor for Windows 7 for enterprises, with a lot of emphasis on desktops and enhancements in security, manageability, etc.
  4. Many of the improvements will be especially important to businesses, allowing them to deploy and manage PC’s running Windows 10 easier and more cost-efficient than ever.
  5. Windows 10 will launch in the second half of 2015, and it’s expected that the new operating system will not only help Microsoft to bring more users back to its platform, but it will also contribute to better PC sales as the appeal of new computers will grow significantly for customers.

So while this is great news for existing PC customers, the other big questions is:

What about new PC Sales?

“Economic and product changes will create a headwind in the short term,” IDC states in a press release, “So in 2015, only 293.1 million PCs will be sold.” – IDC, 2015

It’s a mixed bag. Analyst firm IDC® is not all that optimistic and says that, despite the arrival of Windows 10, new PC sales are still expected to decline this year. In fact, IDC has recently lowered its forecast of this year’s new PC sales, claiming that this market is expected to fall by 4.9 percent in 2015, despite the initial estimate of a 3.3 percent decline.

Windows 10 to slightly increase sales.

New PC shipments will remain moderate throughout the year, but in late 2015, the arrival of Windows 10 is expected to lead to a small increase in PC sales.

“More significant product refreshes from the likes of Intel® and Microsoft (Windows 10) will be released later in the year, shifting OEM product updates and consumer interest to later in 2015,” IDC said.

Up until now, the PC market has posted a small increase, partially thanks to more companies replacing their Windows XP systems due to the end of support in 2014. It is also because of Windows 8.1 with Bing, an operating system that’s offered either free of charge or with a very low license cost to manufacturers, with the purpose of cutting down the final price of their devices.

IDC says that the only good news for PC makers is that demand for tablets and other portable devices has dropped recently and is expected to continue going down in the upcoming months.

What does this mean for PC Migration?

All other scenarios require a “clean install” of Windows, which can be done either by reformatting the hard drive or by “over-installing” the new operating system. Both cases result in the applications, data, and settings being moved to different directories. Applications will not be registered with the new OS, which provides opportunities for our valued resellers.Windows 10 is likely to increase demand for PCs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will be perfect. And while there are many ways to migrate to a new version of Windows, few “solutions” actually allow an in-place upgrade. In particular, any remaining Windows XP users, all Windows Vista users, any 32-bit Windows 7 users, and any users remaining on Windows 8 cannot easily upgrade. There are also limitations imposed for users upgrading from a 32-bit to 64-bit in Windows 10. While users of 64-bit Windows 7 and users of Windows 8.1 will have a comparatively easier time completing an in-place upgrade to the newest OS when it’s available, it still won’t be easy.

The ideal PC migration solution:

The versions of PCmover Suite ideal for consumer and small company migrations are PCmover Professional (download only) and PCmover Ultimate (physical box, including High-Speed Transfer Cable and SafeErase). This reselling opportunity is for those with tech savvy staff to drive migrations in-house or at-home users. By purchasing multi-packs in the partner portal of these versions, partners will profit on the margin when reselling to clients

Windows 10: Earlier adoption forecasted for Business Users

Before every Windows release there are articles about the reluctance of business user to adopt the new OS. Often they are correct, as businesses like to test the new Windows thoroughly.

 

With Windows 10, though, I believe it is different scenario, as many business did not jump on the Windows 8/8.1 upgrade cycle and are thus more eager to move to Windows 10.

Now a new survey was published that show rather positive numbers. It’s likely that the true outcome is somewhere in between, but I expect Windows 10 to do well.

Windows 10 – kostenlos oder nicht?

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Gerade lese ich einen interessanten Artikel zu diesem Thema. Hier beklagt sich Stern Online zu Recht, dass das kostenlose Upgrade-Programm von Microsoft verwirrend ist…und man deshalb die Meinung vertreten sollte, Windows 10 kostenlos für alle herauszugeben – eine einfache und elegante Lösung?

Ich gebe zu, ich bin ein Vertreter der Software-Industrie und verdiene mein Geld mit Software…und ich erhalte nur Geld, wenn neue Versionen besser sind als die alten. Davon abgesehen brauchen Anwender neue Software, um mit ihr neue Hardware, neue Betriebssysteme und natürlich neue Bedürfnisse abzudecken. Ist es nicht vollkommen berechtigt zu sagen, dass der Entwicklungsaufwand und die damit verbundenen Kosten in den Preis einer Software einfließen sollten? Warum der Ruf nach kostenfreier Software?

Eine mögliche Erklärung ist wohl die Annahme, dass Software als solches keine Produktionskosten verursacht und es sich demnach tatsächlich anbietet, Software kostenfrei zur Verfügung zu stellen. Aber das kann wohl doch nicht das Argument sein, denn ansonsten hätten wir ja auch die Erwartung, dass alle intellektuellen Leistungen wie z.B. die Leistungen eines Redakteurs kostenfrei sein sollten. Ebenso stimmt es nicht, dass Software mit keinen Kosten verbunden ist: Downloads, Unterstützung, Fehlerbereinigung und Kundendienst kosten nunmal Geld. Ein zweites potentielles Argument wäre, dass es die anderen ja auch tun (Firmen wie z.B. Google bieten ihre Software kostenlos an). Das mag stimmen, aber finanziert sich Google nicht gerade aus indirekten Umsätzen, indem die Firma die Form des kostenfreien Software-Vertriebes nutzt, um damit Werbung zu verkaufen? Es ist vollkommen legitim, wenn Software frei genutzt wird und man dadurch einen indirekten Umsatz ankurbelt. Ein drittes Argument könnte sein, dass eine Firma sowieso schon so viel Geld verdient, dass sie das zusätzliche Geld nicht braucht (wie auch im vorliegenden Artikel beschrieben) – eine schöne Idee…wenn sie dann auch auf alle Wirtschaftsunternehmen angewendet wird! Ich persönlich fände es keine schlechte Idee, wenn deutsche Großunternehmen einen Teil ihrer Profite in kostenlose Produkte investieren und danach unter denjenigen verteilen würden, welche die Produkte auch wirklich benötigen. Das würde unsere freie Marktwirtschaft gehörig revolutionieren…und die Aktionäre erschüttern.

Auch wir veröffentlichen hin und wieder zu bestimmten Anlässen Gratis-Kopien eines Produkts für unsere Anwender, jedoch wehre ich mich gegen diese kategorischen Forderungen nach kostenloser Freigabe von Software, Musik, Film und Video. Wenn sich dies auch wie ein überholter Slogan anhört: Innovation hat seinen Preis.

Windows 10: UMZUGSÄNGSTE

This is written for our Deutsch readers.

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Die Freude auf einen neuen PC währt immer nur solange, bis man an den Punkt kommt, die Daten, Einstellungen und Applikationen und den neuen PC zu transferieren. Nach stundenlangem Hin-und Her, Suchen nach Seriennummern, versteckten Einstellungen und dem Verlust kostbarer Daten ist die Freude lange verflogen.

Und wer hofft, dass der Umzugshelfer von Microsoft – Windows Easy Transfer – wenigstens die Daten und Einstellungen kopiert, wird bei Windows 10 schnell enttäuscht. Das Programm gibt es nicht mehr in Windows 10. Anstelle setzt Microsoft nunmehr auf eine Kooperation mit dem Umzugsspezialisten Laplink, dessen PCmover bereits im letzten Jahr Anwendern kostenlos für den Umstieg von Windows XP zur Verfügung gestellt wurde. (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/de-de/xp/transfer-your-data.aspx).

Was Microsoft für Windows 10 plant, bleibt wohl ein Geheimnis bis zur Freigrabe des neuen Betriebssystems. Für Schnäppchenjäger, die von Windows 7 oder 8 heute schon umsteigen wollen, empfehlen sich die kostengünstigen Pakete von Avira („Internet Security Suite“) oder O&O („Umzugshilfe“), die es im Fachhandel gibt und die eine Version von PCmover beinhalten. Oder man bedient sich gleich bei Laplink: www.laplink.de.