Last September, Microsoft announced that their latest operating system, Windows 10, is set to drop at the end of this month. With the release date fast approaching, we wanted to take some time to update our readers on what to expect from Microsoft’s self-proclaimed “last operating system”.
Users that are familiar with Windows 8 will know that one of the most common complaints was the start menu, or lack thereof. With Windows 10, Microsoft has told us that they will change the start screen of Windows 8 and implement a new, fully customizable start menu. It will function like the one in Windows 7 but will include the feature we all loved about the start screen of Windows 8 – live tiles. Fortunately, the start screen will not be entirely abandoned. Windows 10 is fully aware of how the start screen is currently used. When a mouse and keyboard are detected, Windows 10 will be in something called “Desktop Mode” which most of us will see. But, when those items are removed and a touch screen is used to navigate, “Tablet Mode” is activated which replaces the new start menu with a redesigned start screen. After all, the start screen was designed for easier navigation with a touch interface. This adaptation is especially useful for Surface users. You also have the option to enable the start screen when in Desktop Mode if you so desire.
Another great improvement is the addition of Cortana into desktops. Cortana is the Windows phone version of Siri for iPhones, or Google Now for Android devices. However, it will not be limited to handheld devices anymore, and can be used on your desktop for anything from setting tasks, to mapping a route for your next road trip. Think personal assistant, built into your desktop. Cortana will even respond to voice command, and can be used for searching both the web and your computer.
Windows is also creating a new, streamlined, user friendly browser called Windows Edge. Some big improvements will include faster browsing/searching, an integration of Cortana within the browser, and a brand new sharing process for users which will make it easy to share notes/thoughts within social media and through email. Microsoft also promises a much more secure browser than Internet Explorer has been in the past, including a new login process and defense against memory corruption.
Last but not least, Microsoft has made it clear that Windows 10 will be its last operating system. This doesn’t mean that the operating system users will get at the end of this month is it, but instead Microsoft will improve and change their operating systems through small, incremental changes, instead of widely publicized launches.
Hopefully this answered some of your questions about Windows 10, and what to expect later this month when it rolls out. If you have any questions, or would like to talk further about Windows 10, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 330-236-1011!
Users who wish to upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29th can do so by “reserving their upgrade”. Instructions/requirements for this can be found here.
Source: Microsoft. "Windows 10 Features - Microsoft". Microsoft, 30 Sept. 2014. Web. 10 July 2015.