The Windows 10 era is almost upon us…
As many of you are probably aware, Windows 10 is on the verge of release – although the exact release date can’t quite be pinned down (July 29th is the first initial rollout and they will slowly allow more users to download it shortly thereafter). Either way, we know the time is drawing closer and closer for users like yourself to receive the update.
As such, you should know exactly why Windows 10 will be such a superb upgrade from its predecessors. That’s why this post is dedicated to educating you on some of the features that truly set Windows 10 apart – and why you should be as stoked for it as we are.
For starters, Microsoft is allowing users of all previous Windows operating systems to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (for the first year, at least). That means that all of you laggards have a free pass to catch up with current-day technology. They are also introducing something called Continuum in Windows 10, which is essentially a universal operating system that brings all of your IoT devices together – we will talk more about this in a later blog though.
One of the most popular aspects of pre-Windows 8 operating systems is being brought back – the start menu. However, it’s been tweaked a bit to become more user-friendly. They’re incorporating a portion of Windows 8’s App Launcher into the start menu, giving users the ability to pin apps to the start menu which are resizable and customizable. Users are also able to run the menu in full-screen mode, similar to Windows 8’s App Launcher.
Microsoft’s friendly personal assistant, Cortana, will be available cross-platform – meaning that can hear her sweet voice on more than just your phone now. With this, the search function is going to be drastically improved. Users will now have the option to type or say various commands into the universal search bar on the start menu to find files/folders throughout their platform. They’re also adding a file explorer to give users quick access to automatically-generated recent files and frequently visited folders.
A new feature being added in Windows 10 is the “Snap-assist” feature. This works with the ability to window all apps and snap up to 4 of them next to each other for a clean and efficient screen without having to do any resizing yourself. They’ve also enhanced the task view in Windows 10, allowing users to create multiple desktops on a single monitor and switch freely between them by pressing ALT+TAB.
With the rollout of Windows 10, Internet Explorer will slowly be erased from existence and being replaced by Microsoft Edge, the latest and greatest web browsing platform from Microsoft.
These are some of the things to look forward to with the upcoming operating system. Obviously we won’t know exactly what to expect until it’s rolled out but we are excited for what is to come – hopefully you are too.
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