[dt_gap height=”10″ /]Have you been frustrated with the usability and user interface of Windows 8? As with most, the answer has clearly been yes and in the corporate world deployed upgrades have been minimal and those which did typically ran a third party product to make it look and feel like Windows 7. Microsoft has listened and with the release of Windows 10 coming 29 July 2015. What is different in Windows 10 and how do you obtain it? Let’s discuss.
What’s new in Window 10
- User interface – Windows 10 incorporates the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and for the majority of users the return of a modified “Start” button is a welcome return.
- Cortana – This is your new digital assistant by just typing a question in the search box, or selecting the microphone icon and talk. Cortana is useful for searching the web, checking on weather or managing your calendar.
- Web browser – Created out of project spartan, a new browser called Microsoft Edge which is separate from Internet Explorer and is more “Chrome” like design. The browser integrates social media and Cortana.
- Universal apps – Windows apps will now be universal and run across PC’s, tablets, phone and even the Xbox One.
- Control Panel and Settings menus were fragmented at best in Windows 8.1. A new Unified Settings Menu and Action Center are implemented in Windows 10.
- Continuum – If you have a device like the Surface Pro 3 which has a keyboard attached, Windows 10 will operate in desktop mode. If the keyboard is detached or if it flips around to show just the touchscreen, the Windows 10 user interface switches so applications that were working in windowed mode now display full screen.
Upgrading to Windows 10
It is true Windows 10 is a free upgrade for those on Windows 7 service pack one or Windows 8.1. Perhaps your computer has already altered you to reserve the upgrade and will automatically install on July 29th. You have until July 29, 2016 to take advantage of the offer and once you upgrade you have Windows 10 for free.
Is Windows 10 worth upgrading to?
The answer is clearly yes! Besides Windows 10 being is a free upgrade, there are numerous refinements and new features which enhance the experience and computing productivity of a user. I have always been a harsh critic of Windows 8 and 8.1; however, Windows 10 in my opinion is a hit and will be welcome by home users as well in the enterprise markets. As with many Windows XP lovers now disappointed it has been end of life, I’m sure we will see the same out cry once Windows 7 is retired. What is your decision going to be? Windows 10 or not.