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Windows 10 Preview and OS X Yosemite Look More Alike Than Ever Before
So just how similar are Windows 10 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite?
My immediate takeaway from Tuesday's Windows 10 Preview event was "Wow, this looks a lot like OS X." I say that not with any judgment — just as an observation.
On Wednesday, the Windows 10 Preview became available to advanced users and developers and I rushed to install it on a spare machine. I also happen to have a test machine running the latest OS X Yosemite GM. You know what that means? Operating system with ten in the title face-off!
Up until Windows 8, the OS X and Windows desktop worlds were running on similar — if still unique — paths. Sure, one had a dock and the other a Start menu, but the overall trajectory had similarly aligned goals.
All of that changed with Windows 8. Where Apple has long had the philosophy of keeping iOS and OS X separate — shared design language and some window dressing aside — Microsoft decided to go in a different, unified direction. It didn't really work out.
Now, with Windows 10, Microsoft is righting the Windows ship and going back to a desktop-first experience. Don't worry touch customers — Microsoft isn't abandoning you — but the focus, especially for the enterprise-targeted Windows 10 Preview, is clearly on winning over the hearts and minds of desktop consumers.
So what does Microsoft's new vision for the desktop look like? Well, it looks an awful like what Apple has envisioned for OS X.
Copying from each other is good for everyone
Now, to be clear, although there are some aspects in Windows 10 Preview that seem inspired by longtime OS X features, I'm not implying that Microsoft "stole" anything from Apple. (And if it did steal, it's the type of stealing I fully endorse: Taking the idea and making it stand on its own as opposed to pure mimicry.)
Plus, it's important to note that the latest version of OS X — and indeed, OS X Mavericks — have taken a number of cues from the traditional Windows desktop too.
Let's look at some of the visual and behavioral similarities between the two platforms.
Task View and Mission Control
One of my favorite features in OS X is Mission Control (known as Expose until OS X Lion). Mission Control allows users to see every running program window in an organized, heads-up fashion. It also allows the user to view multiple desktops and to add additional desktops with a quick click of a button.
In Windows 10 Preview, a virtually identical feature is coming called Task View.
Tapping on the Task View button on the Start menu brings up each app window in heads-up mode in a grid. You can also view other virtual desktops or create your own. Yes, Virginia, virtual desktops are back.
Even better, for an OS X user like me, the gesture shortcut for bringing up Task View is identical to that on OS X
Even better, for an OS X user like me, the gesture shortcut for bringing up Task View is identical to that on OS X. Swipe three fingers up on a trackpad and the mode is exposed. I would love to see a keyboard shortcut similar to F3 on Mac, but for a preview, I like the interface.
This is a very blatant OS X-ism for Windows 10, but it's also a very good decision.
Maximize works the same on both desktops
I remember when I switched to full-time Mac usage, one of the biggest adjustment problems I had was that clicking on the green button on a window didn't maximize the window to fill the whole screen, it simply expanded it to the size the application thought you might want it to be. That made it necessary to drag the window manually to fill the size of the screen.
This, of course, is the opposite of how it works in Windows, where clicking on the maximize button makes the window fill the entire screen.
For Mac users, this change could be infuriating, especially if trying to get more screen real estate for an application such as Safari. Back in the old days, I think I even had a special bookmarklet or hack to make the window size as large as I wanted it to be, just as a way to cope.
Well, finally, with OS X Yosemite, the green button is going to act the way it has always needed to act and will fill the entire screen (invoking full-screen mode if that's part of the app).
See, Mac can steal from Windows, too.
Flatness is in, Aero Glass is back
As we noted in our original OS X Yosemite preview, the added translucency to the operating system is similar to what we saw with Windows Vista and Aero Glass back in 2007.
Pair that with the flatter style that both Windows Modern and OS X Yosemite share, and the the UI "look" for both systems is closer than ever.
It's true that Windows 10 Preview still has more shadowed candy-coated icons, but both Microsoft and Apple seem to be trying to streamline design trends to better match what we're seeing on the web and with design in general.
Widgets get sidelined
The Start menu is back on Windows 10 Preview, but that doesn't mean that Live Tiles are dead. Instead, they are now able to be attached to the Start menu and show updates in real-time. This is basically the modern version of Windows desktop widgets.
This is not dissimilar to what OS X Yosemite is doing with its Notification Center. Just like in iOS 8, OS X Yosemite offers customizable widgets on the Today screen.
The implementation is unique to both operating systems, but the idea is incredibly similar.
OneDrive and iCloud Drive
This is another area where Microsoft can take credit for leading the way. In both OS X Yosemite and Windows 10 Preview, user login accounts can be tied to a OneDrive or iCloud account. When this happens, iCloud and OneDrive integrate seamlessly with the desktop experience, making it easy to access files and folders from the cloud or to save files that are then synced with the cloud.
Apple users have been clamoring for a more Dropbox or OneDrive-like approach to cloud services so it's great to see Apple take a page from Microsoft's playbook.
More cohesive desktops are good for everyone
It's a GOOD thing that both Microsoft and Apple are taking cues from one another. The fact is, as someone who primarily uses a Mac but also checks in on Windows in a virtual machine or test machine, I'm more excited by Windows 10 Preview than I have been for any non-Mac desktop in years.
That's not just because I can use Microsoft's Yosemite Scenes wallpaper pack to look like Yosemite National Park either; it's because having desktops act similarly to one another is a good thing.
This isn't to say that being unique doesn't have its benefits, but in the real world, where more and more work takes place in a browser and becomes operating system agnostic, having systems feel similar to one another is a good thing. It lowers the learning curve and makes muscle-memory less of an issue.
Here are the new features:
- A new start menu featuring elements of the tile-based homescreen from Windows 8. Users will be able to choose how big they want the live tiles to be, and how much they dominate the desktop environment
- Improved search and file management
- A new focus on improving muiltitasking and making sure users know which apps are open, how they're affecting battery and performance and how to close them
- There will be one Windows Store for mobile, desktop, tablets and Xbox One
- Modern apps will not run in a separate fullscreen mode divorced from the rest of the OS - they will be usable for users with keyboards and mice as well as touch screens.
From Windows' Blog: -
Announcing Windows 10
It’s a humbling and amazing thing to work on Windows, which is used by over 1.5 billion people in every country of the world. From kids playing with computers for the first time, to writers and journalists, to engineers, to gamers, to CEOs, at some point Windows has empowered all of us.
In the Windows team, we’re proud of this – but we also know that the world today is very different from the one in which Windows grew up. Today, devices outnumber people. Connectivity is like oxygen. The tension between the desire for agility versus stability poses a huge challenge for IT Pros. Experiences – no matter what device you’re on – just need to work. The only thing that hasn’t really changed is the situation for developers – still too much to do, and not enough time.
One way to look at it is that Windows is at a threshold :-). It’s time for a new Windows. This new Windows must be built from the ground-up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. This new Windows must help our customers be productive in both their digital work and their digital life. This new Windows must empower people and organizations to do great things.
That new Windows is Windows 10.
Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver.
Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.
We’re not talking about one UI to rule them all – we’re talking about one product family, with a tailored experience for each device.
And across this breadth of devices, we are delivering one application platform for our developers. Whether you’re building a game or a line of business application, there will be one way to write a universal app that targets the entire family. There will be one store, one way for applications to be discovered, purchased and updated across all of these devices.
Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time. It will be our most comprehensive platform ever.
Now, during the design of a new Windows, we spend time with many diverse customers. One of the most important of these customers is the enterprise. In the past year I’ve talked to dozens of enterprise customers and listened to how they are using and deploying Windows, and what they need from us.
These customers are betting their businesses on Windows – in the first half of this year, shipments of enterprise PCs grew 14%. In that same time period, shipments of Windows enterprise tablets grew 33%.
These customers have a need to evaluate Windows early, so we are starting our dialog with them today. For more details about what Windows 10 will have for these customers, check out this blog post on the Windows for your Business blog.
Tomorrow, we are excited to announce the Windows Insider Program, where PC experts and IT Pros can get access to a technical preview of Windows 10 for desktops and laptops. Soon after, we’ll also be releasing technical previews of Windows Server and our management tools.
With the Insider program, we’re inviting our most enthusiastic Windows customers to shape Windows 10 with us. We know they’re a vocal bunch – and we’re looking forward to hearing from them.
The Windows Insider Program is intended for PC experts and IT pros who are comfortable using pre-release software with variable quality. Insiders will receive a steady stream of early builds from us with the latest features we’re experimenting with.
This week’s announcements are just the first chapter of our conversation with customers about Windows 10 – with a focus on enterprise features (because enterprises have a need to evaluate software early on) and the desktop/laptop experiences. Early in 2015 we’ll introduce the consumer chapter and talk much more about other device types and more consumer features. We’ll then continue the conversation with the developer chapter at our Build conference, and later in the year we’ll release Windows 10 and look forward to some amazing new devices.
Today was an important beginning for our customers and partners as we embark on the Windows 10 journey together. I encourage everyone reading this to sign up for theWindows Insider Program, download the technical preview, and let us know what you think. Check here tomorrow for specific details – but in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the new features you can test drive once you become an Insider:
Start menu: The familiar Start menu is back, but it brings with it a new customizable space for your favorite apps and Live Tiles.
Everything runs in a window: Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.
Snap enhancements: You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
New task view button: There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.
Multiple desktops: Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.
Find files faster: File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier.
Watch the below video from Joe Belfiore to see many of these features in action. Immediately you’ll see how Windows 10 carries forward a sense of familiarity, while providing new capabilities to help you way the work you want to and be more productive.