Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system (OS) marks a major level for the company. For the first time, the Home windows OS will be available for free – for a year right after its release for Windows 7 and Windows 8. 1 users.
Microsoft is promising to fully support Windows 10 for the whole life-cycle of the device (whether it be PC, laptop, tablet, or phone), which is a major shift from the previous strategy of only offering OS support for the limited period. This is a major part of the Seattle-based company’s increasing focus on offering services rather than merely a platform.
The best of both worlds for mobile and desktop
Simply by skipping the Windows 9 moniker, Microsoft hopes to make a fresh begin and move on from the much-maligned Home windows 8. There are a whole raft of major changes and minor tweaks in Windows 10, all made to make the experience feel more total – whether you are using it on a personal computer, tablet, or phone.
The Start Menu
The Start Menu is one feature that will keyboard and mouse users sorely missed in Windows 8, and Microsoft will please its legion of Windows 7/XP fans by reintroducing (and redesigning) it within Windows 10. The new Start Menus is a kind of cross , incorporating the traditional Windows menus (a list-style view) with the Reside Tiles of Windows 8. It is completely customizable; you can chose to run it with a different sizes of Live Tiles (small, medium, large) or with none at all. Addititionally there is the option to see your most utilized apps or list them alphabetically. There is even a full screen mode for the menu, which makes sense considering that you could be switching between capsule and desktop view on a cross device.
This isn’t the only improvement Microsoft is making to drive the use of hybrid 2in1 devices. A new feature called Continuum will mean that will Windows 10 will adopt a particular look and feel upon these devices according to the mode you are using (keyboard and mouse, or touch input).
Microsoft has brought its virtual assistant Cortana (the Siri equivalent for Windows/Windows Phone) to Windows 10. The idea would be to allow a more natural interaction with your device, as well as to provide intelligent suggestions based on search history and manually-inputted preferences.
Project Spartan is a new browser that has been built especially for Windows 10. Spartan allows you to directly annotate webpages to simply share your thoughts with friends; the distraction-free reading view; and a simple article layout.
Accessing your apps
Apps that are constant across all devices continues to be a major focus for Microsoft. The company will be working on a touch-friendly version of their Office suite, as well as a range of Microsoft apps that will have the same feel and look as each other no matter what device you utilize.
Windows 10 customers can create multiple virtual desktops to group apps or programs together. To add desktops, users need to click on the Job View button on the desktop. This enables you to see all the apps using your virtual desktops, as well as easily switch between both desktops and apps . The Snap Assist feature allows you to breeze four different apps into put on your screen enabling you can see all of them at once.
Other new additions to Windows 10 include an option to search not just your system, but also the internet. PC settings have also been made clearer, simpler, and consistent throughout all devices; connecting to audio and wireless has been made easier (either click the “Connect” button in the new Action Center, or use the Home windows + P keyboard shortcut); and you may easily choose which apps you receive notifications from.
Windows 10 is much more user friendly than Windows 8 and will not be such a shock to the system for those upgrading from Windows XP or Home windows 7. With the decline in PC sales, Microsoft is shifting the focus to 2in1 devices that can switch between keyboard/mouse and touch modes (think full screen Start Menus and the Continuum feature). There is also a solid focus on delivering a consistent experience for those parts of the OS across gadgets. With this strategy, Microsoft hopes in order to push further into the hybrid device/tablet market, while boosting sales from the mobile devices.
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