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Windows 10 Primer: What to Expect from Microsoft’s New Operating System by MVP Mike Halsey

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CHAPTER 1

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Introducing Windows 10

First unveiled to the world in April 2014 at Microsoft’s BUILD conference, Windows 10 is the seventeenth version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system, and the ninth version of the business-focused NT kernel. There, we got the naming question out of the way early on.

Windows 10 follows Windows 8.1, which suffered from poor take-up from many consumers because of criticism of its “modern” touch-friendly user interface and what was a perceived focus away from the desktop toward smaller, tablet- and hybrid-style devices.

In the business space, Windows 8 and 8.1 were always likely to be skipped, as large businesses ...

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