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Latest Windows 10 News from Microsoft

Latest Windows 10 News from Microsoft

Yesterday was one of the most important days in the history of Microsoft as they finally revealed more details about the future of Windows – specifically Windows 10 and how it will work across Windows devices of all sizes and shapes.

This past decade Microsoft has taken a beating from the technology press, Apple, Google and smaller more nimble companies. Some of this negativity was certainly well deserved, but much of it was unnecessarily taken to the extreme to make Microsoft look bad no matter what.

However this past year, Microsoft has started to really come into it’s own and changed the company around into one that is clearly still very relevant in today’s world. We have seen the revolutionary Surface Pro 3, the launch of Microsoft Band, the major growth of Azure, Office365, Xbox One and other services that make up the 16, billion dollar solutions Microsoft provides.

Yesterday Microsoft took that success another step further by showcasing the flexibility, power, usability of the new Windows – Windows 10. In addition to Windows 10 Microsoft announced their latest big screen, touch friendly display called the Surface Hub and the never seen before, innovative, “virtual reality” device called the HoloLens.

There is no way I could write in depth about all that Microsoft announced yesterday, so I have decided to start compiling a list of related articles from other sites that I can reference in the future as we learn more about Microsoft’s future for Windows and Windows 10.

Windows 10

HoloLens

Surface Hub

Office 2016

IE / Spartan Browsers

Xbox One

Open Letter to iOS Designers

Open Letter to iOS Designers

Dear iOS Designers,
You are incredible, you are the best-in-class of designers I have ever seen. My jaw hits the floor every time I look at one of your photo-realistic icons, your attention to detail and your ambition to push the limits of your abilities. I page through Dribbble and see all these beautiful apps you design, some of which are simply concept designs while others end up becoming fully functional, downloadable apps from the App Store and then I realize I’ll never get to use most of these gorgeous apps.

Just look at some of these beautiful designs:

Jeremiah Shaw
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Julien Renvoye
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Creativedash
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I would Love to use many of your apps, but I can’t because I am committed to the Windows ecosystem – I have been since before iOS even existed. You are committed to iOS and Apple, others are committed to Android and Google – and that’s awesome – use what works for you – but don’t forget what works for other people (remember there are lots and lots and lots of people on Windows).

Let me ask you this: Why do you design? You Design because you LOVE it!

Ignore the fact that you design for iOS simply because that is your ecosystem of choice and Microsoft is “Evil”, instead start thinking about designing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone as well – design for Windows because you love to design, because you love to experiment and because you love to try new and exciting thingsdo it because it’s FUN.

I know, I know, Microsoft has for decades put designers on the back-burner and never provided us with a platform to truly show-off our design skills, it’s a no brainer that they lost you to iOS and Apple. I was stupid, close-minded and ignorant to the rise of iOS on iPhone and iPad – I flat-out missed it. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.

Forget all of your past history with Microsoft, open your mind and expand your reach into a new and growing incredibly fast ecosystem – I am asking you, begging you, longing for you to come join me and start exploring the idea of designing for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Even if your ideas never become actual, functioning apps in the Windows Store – at least you gave it some serious thought as to how your apps could actually look – you might be surprised how much you like it!

Windows for designers is changing and changing in a way that you should not continue to ignore.

Modern applications are a designers dream come true and here are just a few reasons why:

  • Beautiful, Elegant Typography
  • White Space is Encouraged
  • Clean, Clutter free Experiences
  • Chromeless Applications
  • Simple, Playful Animations
  • Fast and Fluid Experience
  • Grids – got to love Grids
  • Consistent experience across, desktop, laptop, tablet and phone

It’s time for all of us across all our ecosystems to put down our pitchforks and explore each other’s ecosystems and design because we love to design, design because we like to experiment, design to create new conversations.

Start designing for Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android, iOS and yes even Blackberry – I’d love to start seeing your Windows 8 and Windows Phone work show up on Dribbble and all the countless other sites for designers.

Add links to your work in the comments below and lets what you can create!

Sincerely,
Micah – a fellow designer