It was obvious from the earliest preview Microsoft built Windows 10 for notebooks. Microsoft’s move away from the brash Start screen to a more desktop-focused UI lends itself to an operating system that may be called Windows 10, but functionally straddles the line right between Windows 7 and Windows 8.
And it’s as well it should, at least by market standards. Microsoft developed Windows 8 at time it needed a viable tablet strategy, a time when notebook sales were tanking and tablet sales were taking off. That has since changed, with notebook sales potentially rebounding in 2015 according to Gartner, buoyed by high-end 2-in-1s like the Surface Pro 3. Meanwhile strict tablets declined in Q4 2014 by 3.2%, according to IDC. It’s the first time that’s happened since 2010.
With its latest Windows 10 update, Microsoft looked to assuage tablet users that its next OS will in fact be suitable for tablets through a previously-mentioned featured dubbed Continuum that adapted Windows 10 for touch. In previewing the update for TabletPCReview, it’s clear that Windows 10 will be a tablet-friendly OS, rather than a tablet-focused OS, like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.