As an avid Mac OS X user (and former Apple employee) I have always struggled a little with Windows. I mean I use some variant of Windows desktop/server every day and I have developed a number of applications over the years - it’s a great system. But in my opinion, the desktop OS has always felt like a system built by many development teams that don’t appear to talk to one another and end up hacking their code together.

I realise there heavy pros and cons for both OS types and I want to avoid the ever-lasting Mac vs PC discussion, but with Windows 10 I really didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t take too well to 8.1 at first but after a while I got used to it...and still didn’t like it.

Windows 10 will hopefully give enterprise customers what they need. Image credit: Microsoft
Windows 10 will hopefully give enterprise customers what they need. Image credit: Microsoft

However, over the past few months I have been experimenting with the Windows 10 preview builds on a spare Lenovo laptop, and I must say it has pleasantly surprised me. It’s almost the intersect of Mac OS X, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 – bringing back the traditional desktop experience, with a subtle mix of Windows 8 tiles, nice vibrant colours and it’s QUICK!

Still a bit behind?

As you may know I spend my life in the world of mobile and I spend most of my time talking to customers through the UK and Europe. In my previous post I described the market as I saw it; an influx of Windows Phones populating many businesses as they migrate away from BlackBerry seeking a cheap and feature-rich alternative.

However, one of the problems we currently have with Windows phone cycles back to the OS - 8.1 on mobile really lacks many of the enterprise features that we find on other device platforms as they either don’t exist when compared to KNOX, SAFE and iOS, or Microsoft just haven’t provided the APIs required (enterprise configuration is arguably a little easier on Windows phone with Intune, but a lot of features just aren’t there). Though above all, for customers looking to manage applications, send push notifications and locate the devices, they still need to PURCHASE Company Hub certificates from Symantec – er what?! This is like Apple circa 2007 when they used to charge for their APNS equivalent. Although a good alternative to BlackBerry, Windows Phone is clearly still a little behind the times in some respects.

And then there was 10.

With Windows Phone 10 we’re expecting to see many improvements for the enterprise, not that I know anything you don’t, but the word in the world of development is that there will be ‘lots more for enterprise customers’ so fingers crossed for the preview build (I heard Feb 11 today?). I’m certainly looking forward to getting stuck in; I’m particularly interested in how it will improve (or not) their market penetration.

Finally, if Windows Phone 10 doesn’t work out or misses our expectations, at least we have HoloLens - they will make you look like a member of Daft Punk (super cool, obviously), but rendering holograms in the real world? Sounds good to me.