When Microsoft announced Windows 10 in late September last year, they presented several core changes and interface improvements that would feature in the new operating system. These improvements included:
The return of a Start Menu, which is adaptive to the device type
A unified Windows Store that provides universal applications across all Windows 10 devices
Improvements to Windows Snap
A unified platform that would run across a range of hardware from Internet of Things devices to large screen displays
Since then, Microsoft has regularly released Technical Previews of the new operating system and Windows Insiders have been able to experience and test the new platform. Microsoft have made some significant design changes from the initial Technical Preview to the latest build which includes their new Internet browser dubbed ‘Project Spartan’. Microsoft announced in January that Windows 10 will be released in the US summer 2015.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the features in the latest build.
The Start Menu has evolved several times since the release of the first Windows 10 Technical Preview as shown below
The Start Menu is now transparent and Continuum UX allows the Start Menu to expand and fill the screen dynamically on hybrid devices. Additionally Microsoft have updated other UI components such as system icons and the control panel.
![Figure 3 Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10049 – Icons](http://www.thomasduryea.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Figure-3-Windows-10-Enterprise-Build-10049-–-Icons.png)
**Figure 3: Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10049 – Icons*
![Figure 4 Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10049 – Control Panel]( http://www.thomasduryea.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Figure-4-Windows-10-Enterprise-Build-10049-–-Control-Panel.png)
**Figure 4: Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10049 – Control Panel*
Project Spartan is Microsoft’s new Internet browser specifically built for Windows 10 which has a new rendering engine for modern websites to provide a more secure and enhanced Internet experience. The browser still supports legacy websites by loading the Internet Explorer 11 rendering engine as required.
Microsoft have stated that they will still support Internet Explorer 11 for enterprise customers across Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. As enterprise websites can use legacy technologies such as ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects, Internet Explorer 11 will ship with Windows 10 as they are no longer available in Project Spartan.
Microsoft announced in August last year that from January 12, 2016, they will only support the latest version of Internet Explorer on each operating system, so if you’re not running IE11 in Windows 7 for example, consider upgrading before then.
**Figure 5: Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10049 – Project Spartan*
The browser is was first made available in Windows 10 build 10049 and is impressive in its first iteration. It is fast, stable and easy to use.
Since the initial release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft have updated the Windows Store application. The Windows Store has been unified across all devices that run Windows 10 and enterprises will have the ability to create a section of their private web based Store portal. The Store portal can then be managed using products such as System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune.
![Figure 6 Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10049 – Windows Store Beta]( http://www.thomasduryea.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Figure-6-Windows-10-Enterprise-Build-10049-–-Windows-Store-Beta.png)
**Figure 6: Windows 10 Enterprise Build 10049 – Windows Store Beta*
Microsoft’s Ignite and Build conferences will be held in the next few months and bring with it new Technical Previews and a lot more information on the future of Windows 10. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to final release.
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