Time flies! We are now into 4th Quarter of the year and usually it means more work till end of the year where people starts to go on vacation especially during Christmas period. So yesterday was the 1st of October where there are a couple of highlights going on globally.
- Announcement of newly-minted and renewed Microsoft MVPs. – For this, it would be exciting if I am being awarded but I know I have not done enough yet to deserve that award. Nevertheless, I will continue trying, contributing to this huge community that I have received lots of goodies (information) from.
- Technical Preview of Windows 10 – This is interesting as Microsoft has welcome everyone to be part of the building process to help provide feedback to the desire OS that users want / need. If you are still unsure of the Technical Preview – find it here.
I didn’t have the energy to stay up all night waiting for the link to be active so early in the morning when I hop out of bed, I quickly refreshed the URL and started downloading the ISO. After that, the next thing I did was asking myself whether that piece of OS would be available on Microsoft Azure yet. To my surprise, it is! Then I took Windows 10 off on a spin on Microsoft Azure.
If you still do not have a Microsoft Azure account, I would encourage you to sign up here.
Let’s start the ball rolling…
*Hooray!* See! Windows Server Technical Preview October 2014~
The next few screen shot will be familiar for some if you have played around with Microsoft Azure (Virtual Machine / IaaS) before.
*Shucks* – “Fastest fingers first!” Obviously I lost it…
OK, we are almost there… It is provisioning and should be ready in a couple of minutes. That’s something I really like about using Microsoft Azure. I could skip wasting time and it increases my productivity especially when I am trying to find out some small items like available features or configurations.
After spinning up the Windows 10 Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure, below is some of the noticeable changes that I have found out after meddling with it for around 30 minutes.
*Proof* – I am running Windows Server Technical Preview (aKa Windows 10) as the overall outlook is still very similar to Windows Server 2012 / R2 although the BGINFO on Microsoft Azure still tells me I am running Windows Server 2012 R2.
An additional icon beside “Server Manager” which I will explained about it later. Document folder icon also has a new icon image.
2) Start Menu (is back!)
3) Multiple Desktop (somehow, this is what I have experience when I was using Mac OS in the past with my Mac Mini, MacBook Pro & iMac)
This is really good if you are very organized person. Probably good for me when I decided that when I am writing PowerShell scripts, I should not be looking at my Social Media programs like Twitter.
Ability to add (don’t know whether it is unlimited or limited yet) more desktop.
4) More icons changes
5) Additional Role (Merging the Multipoint Services)
This is something not available in Windows Server 2012 R2 where I verified using one of my Virtual Machine.
6) Missing Features
Notice that there is one feature that is missing starting from Windows 10. The Windows Identity Foundation 3.5.
This is a screen that I have in Windows Server 2012 R2 and can’t be found in Windows 10.
Overall, I really like how Microsoft has decided to allow the general public to do the testing, provide the necessary feedback and always listening to customers feedback. I will continue meddling with this new OS in the coming weeks and how it fits into a typical enterprise.