Windows 10, the latest version released by Microsoft in August 2015, was built as an all-in-one system to fit a wide range of devices: notebooks, netbooks, phones, tablets, etc. The advancements in technology allowed Windows 10 to run even on TV sets. Thus, users can take full advantage of their Xbox One gaming console. The best thing is that Windows 10 apps can now run on all the aforementioned devices, and this is an outstanding outcome.
In this article, we are going to emphasize the elements of novelty in Windows 10.
0. Software as a service
The foremost difference between Windows 10 and previous versions is the way it runs. If earlier versions are running as final products, without a chance for further changes, Windows 10 was conceived to run as a service. In other words, Microsoft keeps adding new features, apps and updates to the system as long as it runs on the device.
1. The start menu
One of the most requested features to be set back in the latest version of Windows was the Start menu. This feature was completely removed from Windows 8 and partially restored in Windows 8.1. The revamped start menu is an advanced version of Windows 7’s. It supports tiles that can be resized, changed or removed, and a right column for shortcuts to apps.
This new feature detects on which environment Windows 10 is currently running and makes the necessary changes to the start menu to fit the device’s display (a tablet or a mobile phone for example). Continuum also detects if a mouse or keyboard is attached to a tablet, for instance, thus setting back the desktop mode for the display (with the standard-size start menu).
Cortana is the assistant in Windows 10. Being controlled by either voice or keyboard, Cortana helps users with a broad range of tasks such as: searching the Internet, setting calendar appointments, grabbing traffic information, searching for files on the computer, and more.
4. A significant number of apps
Windows 10 comes with over 200k apps. Though this amount is nowhere close to Android or Apple web stores featuring hundreds of thousands of apps, users can take advantage of popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
4. Apps on desktop
As compared to Windows 8 and 8.1 where apps were only allowed to run in full-screen, Windows 10 is more flexible and allows users to select whether they want to run the apps in full-screen or desktop mode.
5. Multiple desktops
A popular option for Mac users, “Multiple desktops” was implemented in Windows 10. It lets users create multiple desktops and switch among them quickly. Users can set up multiple desktops according to their needs such as home jobs, business, gaming, movies watching, and more.
The cloud-storage feature is implemented by default in Windows 10. OneDrive no longer stores the same version of the files on both local computer and in the cloud. It asks users which files and folders they want to store locally or/and in the cloud. Thus, users have more freedom to choose the storage options.
Windows 7 and 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free as long as they have valid licenses, preserving the files, programs, and data. Users of older versions of Windows must pay to upgrade, and all data on the hard drive is deleted with the upgrade. A backup is required.
All in all Windows 10 is a robust, all-in-one OS, keeping all your programs and apps in one place, whether it runs on a computer or mobile devices.