Windows 10

Windows 10 is here to change the game

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system (OS) marks a major turning point for the company. For the first time, the Windows OS will be available for free - for a year after its release for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. View full description

PROS

  • Free to upgrade
  • Consistent across devices
  • A more natural, customizable experience
  • Spartan and Cortana allow for more natural browsing and searches

CONS

  • If your only using one device, many features will be lost on you

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system (OS) marks a major turning point for the company. For the first time, the Windows OS will be available for free - for a year after its release for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.

Microsoft is promising to fully support Windows 10 for the entire 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 a limited period. This is a major part of the Seattle-based company's increasing focus on providing services rather than merely a platform.

The best of both worlds for mobile and desktop

By skipping the Windows 9 moniker, Microsoft hopes to make a fresh start and move on from the much-maligned Windows 8. There are a whole raft of major changes and minor tweaks in Windows 10, all designed to make the experience feel more complete - whether you are using it on a computer, tablet, or phone.

The Start Menu The Start Menu is one feature that 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 in Windows 10. The new Start Menu is a kind of hybrid, incorporating the traditional Windows menu (a list-style view) with the Live 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. There is also the option to see your most used apps or list them alphabetically. There is even a full screen mode for the menu, which makes sense when you consider that you could be switching between tablet and desktop view on a hybrid device.

Continuum This isn't the only enhancement Microsoft is making to push the use of hybrid 2in1 devices. A new feature called Continuum will mean that Windows 10 will adopt a particular look and feel on these devices according to the mode you are using (keyboard and mouse, or touch input).

Cortana Microsoft has brought its virtual assistant Cortana (the Siri equivalent for Windows/Windows Phone) to Windows 10. The idea is to allow a more natural interaction with your device, as well as to provide intelligent recommendations based on search history and manually-inputted preferences.

Project Spartan Project Spartan is a new browser that has been built especially for Windows 10. Spartan allows you to directly annotate webpages to easily share your thoughts with friends; a distraction-free reading view; and a simplified article layout.

Accessing your apps

Apps that are consistent across all devices continues to be a major focus for Microsoft. The company is working on a touch-friendly version of their Office suite, as well as a range of Microsoft apps that will have the same look and feel as each other no matter what device you use.

Windows 10 users can create multiple virtual desktops to group apps or programs together. To add desktops, users need to click on the Task View button on the desktop. This allows you to see all the apps running in your virtual desktops, as well as easily switch between both desktops and apps. The Snap Assist feature allows you to snap four different apps into place on your screen enabling you can see them all 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 across all devices; connecting to audio and wireless has been made easier (either click the “Connect” button in the new Action Center, or use the Windows + P keyboard shortcut); and you can easily choose which apps you get notifications from.

Windows everywhere

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 Windows 7. With the decline in PC sales, Microsoft is shifting its focus to 2in1 devices that can switch between keyboard/mouse and touch modes (think full screen Start Menu and the Continuum feature). There is also a strong focus on delivering a consistent experience for all parts of the OS across devices. With this strategy, Microsoft hopes to push further into the hybrid device/tablet market, while boosting sales of its mobile devices.

— User reviews — about Windows 10

  • Arditi Al1036678294

    by Arditi Al1036678294

    "Good App"

    Good App For Me And All Yors App Is Very Good Windows 10 Thenks. More.

    reviewed on January 6, 2017

  • mccabemj

    by mccabemj

    "Better than 8"

    definitely better than Windows 8 - MS seems to be getting the idea that a laptop is not a phone - however that phone men... More.

    reviewed on September 15, 2016

  • gwinguy

    by gwinguy

    "good"

    very good and stable os just one con is cd drive error compatable is very compatable os people always discourage window... More.

    reviewed on August 17, 2016

  • serahwilby

    by serahwilby

    "I DONT LIKE IT "

    It is very interesting to compare the reviews by the professionals compared to the home user. I have spent so many hour... More.

    reviewed on July 30, 2016

  • ellemchang

    by ellemchang

    "Windows 10 better than any other previous Windows."

    Hold on, chaps. Don't jump to conclusions. Windows 10 is the best windows yet. I first had some doubts about it. Didn't ... More.

    reviewed on July 7, 2016

  • aaronjones876468704

    by aaronjones876468704

    "Internet Connections Issues. But Good Update for Microsoft. "

    Upgraded my laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. After it was first installed, everything worked great with no appare... More.

    reviewed on June 16, 2016